Veteran presses Fulton County board on tax breaks

A disabled veteran has accused the Fulton County Board of Supervisors of dragging its feet regarding

A disabled veteran has accused the Fulton County Board of Supervisors of dragging its feet regarding property tax breaks for Cold War veterans.

Trent Natola, the adjutant of Disabled American Veterans Post 122 in Gloversville, said the state approved the program last year.

Montgomery County has also approved participation in the program, but Fulton County has yet to act, he said in remarks to the board Monday.

“We’re just as important as everybody else. Is this going to be done in time for the tax season?” he asked. “We need a decision. We can’t wait, three, four years down the line.”

Jon Stead, the clerk of the board, said the state is making changes to the program and the county — like most other counties — was waiting for that to shake out.

“We’ll find out and have a full report at the committee meeting,” he said.

But Natola wasn’t buying the explanation.

“They’re sitting, they’re not making any decisions. This place here is not saying anything. They’ve got to make a decision,” he said.

He said if supervisors don’t take any action it reflects poorly on them and also fails to provide veterans with a well-deserved tax break.

Tracy Cullen, an aide to state Sen. Hugh T. Farley, said Wednesday that the initial bill was indeed passed last year and signed into law by the governor.

And an amended version passed both houses of the Legislature Tuesday.

The amendments were minor, she said.

One, for example, required proof in the form of a Cold War Certificate that veterans of that era were issued.

Others involved administrative issues.

For example, the initial law required veterans to refile for the partial exemption every year. The amended version does not.

The next step, she said, is for the Senate to send the legislation onto the governor’s office, where it is expected to be approved.

“We’re hopeful we can get it done in time” for the upcoming tax cycle, she said.

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