Under this program, participating taxpayers, who must be over 60 years old, volunteer their services to the city in exchange for a reduction in their tax bills. Seniors may earn a maximum reduction of $500 per year, based on a rate per hour of service that cannot exceed the Commonwealth's minimum wage.
Applicants who are selected by the drawing will be notified immediately by the Council on Aging administrator that they have been selected and must complete a criminal records information (CORI) check. Other applicants will receive a letter that they have not been chosen.
Applicants/volunteers will be matched to city departments offering volunteer opportunities.
Seniors may not participate in the program for two consecutive years unless insufficient applications are received in a given year, in which case prior senior volunteers would be allowed to apply.
The program is administered by the Council on Aging and the Chicopee Board of Assessors.
The selection to participate in the program is valid for one fiscal year.
The taxpayer must complete an application and participate in a lottery process for selection.