The Barnstable Elderly and Disabled Taxation Aid Committee was formed in 1999
through the adoption of Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 60, Section 3D, which
allows the Town to establish a fund to defray the real estate taxes of low
income elderly and disabled persons.
Contributions are collected through voluntary donations made on real and personal property tax bills. Awards are made yearly and applied directly to residents' property tax bills, based upon the applicants need as evaluated by the four to six member committee. All applications are confidential and reviewed within executive sessions.
Applications are made available during the fall each year and can be obtained from the Treasurer's Office, Tax Collector, Assessors offices and Senior Center. In addition they are available for download on the Town's website.
Completed applications should be submitted to the Treasurer's Office and are due late December. For more information on the BEDTAC, please contact JoAnna Callahan, Assistant Treasurer, at 508.862.4656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee is continually reviewing its policy to ensure that the program is supporting its intended recipients. This year the Committee received 35 applications and a total of $8,650.00 was awarded to twenty five households. These awards ranged from $150.00 to $500.00 and were made in the form of a direct payment to the recipient's Real Estate Tax. Applicants continued to demonstrate significant need this year and we are hopeful that this program will continue to support the most vulnerable members of our community in the years ahead.