Posted on May 31, 2019 by jdooley
HARTFORD- State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) strongly supported a proposal in the House of Representatives which would provide municipalities with the ability and option to increase financial incentives for Connecticut’s first responders.
“I fully support our local first responders and what they do to keep us safe. Any tax relief would be helpful,” said Rep. Kupchick.
“Providing this option could permit financial assistance to volunteer firefighters and help departments with recruitment, retention, and serve as a form of recognition of the service that these individuals provide,” said Rep. Devlin.
The legislation, HB-5125, An Act Increasing the Property Tax Abatement for Certain First Responders is a proposal would allow towns to increase the property tax abatement available to volunteer firefighters and other first responders at a level higher than the current $1,000. Under the legislation the abatement would be scheduled to increase to $1,500 in 2020 and to $2,000 in 2022. This will be optional for towns and would enable them to both attract and do a little more for our dedicated volunteers.
Personnel covered by this legislation would include local emergency management directors, firefighters and fire police officers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, civil preparedness staff and search and rescue.
The bill awaits further action by the State Senate before the end of the legislative session on June 5th, 2019.