Your town or village assessor should be able to assist with information regarding the income or other qualifications for any of these exemptions for the town or village in which you live. The listing of Otsego County Assessors is on the Otsego County website under the Real Property Tax Department at www.otsegocounty.com/depts/rps/. County residents 60 or older may call the Office for the Aging at 547-4232 to obtain the contact information for your assessor.
Based on your income and other factors, there are other programs that you may be eligible for. Assistance for heating costs may be available through the Home Energy Assistance Program. Monthly income limits are $2,175 for a single person, $2,844 for a two-person household and $3,513 for a three-person household. Income limits increase for larger household sizes. HEAP is available for a limited time each year. The closing date has not yet been determined for this year, but interested parties should request and submit an application as soon as possible. You can apply online by going to www.myBenefits.ny.gov or download an application at http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/apply. County residents 60 and older may call Office for the Aging.
Another way to help save money with Medicare B premium costs and Medicare prescription drug costs is through Medicare Savings Programs. There are several different programs that provide assistance to individuals with monthly income up to $1,313 or a couple with income up to $1,765. Health insurance premiums may be able to be used to reduce excess income. If your income is somewhat about this you may qualify for Extra Help with Medicare prescription costs through the Social Security Administration. Assistance is available for Medicare beneficiaries and/or their caregivers through most Offices for the Aging. Otsego County residents may call 547-4232 or (855) 547-4390.
Frances Wright is director of the Otsego County Office for the Aging. ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/seniorscene.