Sen. Eric P. Lesser voted with the Senate to pass a bill allowing Massachusetts cities and towns to grant a property tax exemption for residents who serve as volunteer, call, or auxiliary firefighters or EMTs.
“Our volunteer firefighters and EMTs make significant sacrifices to keep all of us safe,” Sen. Lesser said. “Granting them property tax relief is a tangible way for our Commonwealth to acknowledge these sacrifices and all the positive work they do for our communities.”
The deduction may reach a maximum of $2,500, but allows the total to be added to any other tax abatement or exemption the taxpayer is otherwise qualified for.
Approximately 8,000 men and women serve as volunteer firefighters.