Tupper village board ups limit for senior sewer discount

TUPPER LAKE – The village board increased the amount senior citizens can earn and still get a discount on their sewer bills.

The board held a hearing on the topic Monday night before its regular meeting, and no one from the public commented on it.

A senior 65 or older, or a married couple, had to make less than $15,000 a year to qualify for the $10 discount on their sewer rates.

Village Clerk Mary Casagrain said Monday that the board originally anticipated that something like 70 or so seniors would be able to take advantage of the program. But the participation right now is in the low 20s, and many seniors make just a little too much to qualify, she said.

“Many of our seniors hovered over the 15,000,” Casagrain said.

Casagrain said the town uses the $17,000 income threshold to determine who qualifies for its STAR program, which gives senior citizens a reduction on their property taxes. She said that matching the village’s threshold to that number will provide some unity and make things simpler for seniors.

The village board approved the measure unanimously.

Contact Jessica Collier at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or jcollier@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.