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A local legislator is highlighting a new law that took effect at the start of this month.  Brookfield Representative Steve Harding says a bill approved during the regular General Assembly session expands property tax relief for seniors.  Prior to the passage of the measure, the minimum age requirement to qualify for the Elderly Tax Freeze Program was 70, it has now been lowered to 65.  As part of the Elderly Tax Freeze Program, towns may hold property taxes on a home whose owner-occupant or his or her spouse meets the minimum age requirement and has been a state resident for at least one year. The freeze continues for a surviving spouse who is at least age 62 when the homeowner dies. Homeowners must also meet the state’s Circuit Breaker Program income limits, currently, 45-thousand-800 dollars for a married couple and 37-thousand-600 for an individual.

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