State Representative Dave Yaccarino recently testified during a public hearing in the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee in support of a proposal that would increase the property tax abatement for certain first responders from $1,000 to $1,500. Rep. Yaccarino and Lieutenant Curt Andrews a North Haven volunteer firefighter testified together in support to the following proposal:
Connecticut currently has over 26,000 active firefighters; about 22,000 of these are volunteers, which amount to about 80 percent.
“Finding and retaining volunteer firefighters is a very difficult process and this bill seeks to offer an incentive to assist our communities to ensure the safety of our residents. These men and women provide a valuable service to all of our communities,” said Rep. Yaccarino.
“I firmly believe that anything we can do to provide some level of financial assistance to offset the hundreds of hours required for training and emergency responses will pay huge dividends in the future for each and every town in Connecticut,” said Lieutenant Curt Andrews who has been a volunteer firefighter in North Haven since 1986.
This legislative session, Rep. Yaccarino submitted a similar proposal, House Bill 6124, which would permit municipalities to increase the amount of property tax abatement to up to $3,000 for certain first responders.
Both bills await further action in the Planning and Development Committee.
Rep. Yaccarino can be reached by phone at 1(800) 842-1423 or by email for questions and concerns regarding state government.