The Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Corps Exemption provides a reduction in property taxes for qualified volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance service personnel. The exemption equals 10% of the assessed value of the property.
Applicants must have 5 years of certified service and reside in the Town of Hempstead. The property must be used exclusively for residential purposes and be the primary residence of the volunteer. If a portion of the property is not used exclusively for residential purposes, that portion is not entitled to the exemption. Those with more than 20 years of service may qualify for a lifetime exemption, as long as he/she maintains a primary residence in Hempstead Town or any municipality in Nassau County that provides the exemption. Renewal applications must be filed every year until 20 years of service.
Members with a lifetime exemption are not required to reapply each year. The un-remarried spouse of a deceased volunteer may continue to receive the exemption as long as the deceased volunteer had at least 20 years of service and had previously been receiving the exemption. Proof of certification of enrolled membership, ownership, and residency is required.
Applications must be filed with the Nassau County Department of Assessment by January 3, 2022, located at: 240 Old Country Road 4th Floor Mineola, NY 11501