STEPHENVILLE — Mayor Tom O’Brien is encouraging low income earners to take advantage of the tax relief the Stephenville town council put in this year’s budget.
He made the comment at the regular general council meeting on Thursday after referencing a story in The Western Star about a senior in Corner Brook who complained about the rise in his taxes after receiving his bill.
To alleviate hardship to low income households, O’Brien said, this year’s budget raised the eligible income level from $17,500 to $21,500, so property tax could be reduced depending on the income.
He said there is also a deduction for water and sewer rates that could result in up to $108 being taken off.
But the deductions have to be applied for and that’s why O’Brien is encouraging those with low incomes to come in and apply for the tax relief.