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January 11, 2013

Childhood anxiety expert to give talk

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The meeting is held in the conference room at the entrance of the facility. Parking is free. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. and lasts about an hour.

Tinnitus can be caused by medications, noise exposure, hearing loss, or diseases. There is no “cure” for tinnitus, but there are various devices available that may be of help to give relief from the noises in the head.

Mayor hosts tax assistance forum

METHUEN — Mayor Steve Zanni was joined yesterday at the Methuen Senior Activity Center by Brian Lynch from the Department of Revenue (DOR in hosting a forum for Methuen seniors to discuss Massachusetts’ Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit.

“Massachusetts offers several tax-relief programs to seniors living on limited incomes,” Zanni said. “The big problem is that a lot of seniors never look into it because they think they wouldn’t qualify. My hope was that this forum surprised our seniors by showing them that they likely qualify for some of these benefits.”

The Senior Circuit Breaker program has existed for just over a decade. The program offers a property-tax credit of up to $1,000 for qualifying seniors.

In order to qualify, seniors must show that their annual property-tax obligation, coupled with 50 percent of their water and sewer bills, exceed 10 percent of their income. Among other qualifiers, the assessed value of a senior’s home cannot exceed $705,000.

“I hear from seniors all the time about their limited incomes,” explained Zanni. “I’m trying my hardest to keep our property taxes as low as possible, and this program is a great way to get more money back in the pockets of our residents.”

Zanni said the tax credit is also available to residents who rent.

“If a resident’s renting, and 25 percent of their rent exceeds 10 percent of their income, then they are likely eligible,” Zanni said.

 

 

 

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