WAREHAM - As voters were still heading into the election polls Tuesday night, Wareham’s Board of Selectmen reappointed Town Counsel Richard Bowen and voted on this year’s senior tax work-off program.
The board unanimously voted to keep Bowen as the town’s legal advisor, minus member Peter Teitelbaum who was not present.
“Thank you very much,” said Bowen. “You don’t know what an honor it is to serve you. This means a lot to me.”
The board also moved to set up the “senior tax work-off” program for this year. The program, which allows full-time Wareham residents over 60 who are having trouble paying their tax bill up to 100 hours of work to cut down that bill, will pay $12.75 an hour. The total tax credit worked off is not to exceed $1,275.
“We want to make sure we are at least paying the minimum wage for our seniors,” said Selectman Jim Munise, noting that the program was set at $12 an hour. The board unanimously voted to up the rate to the $12.75 an hour.
To apply for the tax credit, interested Wareham residents should go to the Council on Aging or the town website: www.wareham.ma.us, where forms are also available. The Council on Aging is located inside the Multi Service Center at 48 Marion Road. Phone: 508-291-3130.
“People can get help with the application at the COA,” said Slavin.