Susan Carp speaks as a senior listens, May 23, 2019.Susan Carp speaks as a senior listens in 2019.

3 programs offer property tax, rental assistance

Arlington residents age 60 and older may volunteer in town departments to earn property-tax credit or rental assistance. Here is some information about three options:

  • Elderly and Disabled Property Tax Relief Fund
  • Senior Homeowner Property Tax Relief Work Off Program
  • Harry Barber Renters Work Off Program 

Application links are here or call our office if you need a paper copy mailed to your home. Please see application for deadlines.

Real Estate Tax Relief Programs for Homeowners
  • Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief Fund This program is funded by private donations and can assist Arlington homeowners age 60 and over or disabled homeowners of any age with financial hardship. Awards are credited to the 4th Quarter tax bill.  Applications are being accepted now and final deadline is Jan. 31. Elderly and Disabled Property Tax Relief Application >>
Relief for For Renters 

Space in these programs is limited.  Awards or placements are subject to availability and application approval.  Background checks are required for all programs.

Call the Council on Aging for more information at 781-316-3400. 

86 seeking tax relief for seniors hear about options in 2019

Concern about rising taxes in the light of reassessed properties and two June votes spurred 86 people to crowd into the mural room at the Senior Center on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Seeking ways to address costs, they came for some hope and got information about how the town can help. Some of the programs are not well-enough known, as indicated by how few use them.

"We do not have an answer for everything," said Susan Carp, executive director of the Council on Aging (CoA). "I'm not going to sugar-coat this ...."

Town residents are "cutting back on medication, on food ... why? [They are] saving on taxes."

"Perhaps half in this room can use these programs," she said.

A little work goes a long way

Is filling out the paperwork too much work? In 45 minutes, she asked, would you walk away with $186? That is the minimum award should you qualify under a program with the state Department of Transitional Assistance

The town CoA became partner last year with that agency, which helps those with low income meet basic needs.

Carp cited some of her favorite programs.

Exemptions listed at town assessor's site

This news announcement was published Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.