New Marlborough senior tax work-off program catching other towns’ attention

(Evan Triantafilidis)
Prudence Spaulding, director of senior services, describes the senior tax work-off program.

MILL RIVER — Seniors have found work at places like the public library, the highway department and at the transfer station as part of a statewide property tax work-off program.
For the past decade, Prudence Spaulding, director of senior services, has played the role of unofficial matchmaker with seniors and town tasks, such as helping the tax collector ready mail, assisting the town clerk during election season and establishing the town’s new website.
In total, 16 seniors from New Marlborough participated in the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement program this past fiscal year, logging 1,152 hours of work, according to Spaulding.
“I think I have three more towns developing the program, because ours is so successful,” said Spaulding to the town’s select board at Monday night’s meeting.

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