Senior Tax Work-off Program

The City of Newburyport will continue to administer a Senior Citizen Property Tax Work Program for residents. The job opportunities available are for special projects and assistance to Department Heads in the various City offices.

Participants in the Property Tax Work Program will be eligible to receive a maximum benefit of $1,000 during the Fiscal Year (July - June).  Payment will be made via an abatement on the tax bills the following February.  A paycheck will not be issued to the program participants. 

Volunteers in this program must work 125 hours to accrue the full benefit.  Fewer hours worked will result in a pro-rated benefit at $8.00 per hour.

Participants are entitled to no City employee benefits and they present no liability to the City.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be 60 years of age or older at the time of application, reside within the City of Newburyport, and occupy the property for which taxes are to be paid.  Applicants should be able to verify a household income of $65,981 or less - there are no asset restrictions.

Upon completion of the participant’s hours, the Department to which he/she is assigned will signify completion by signing the participant’s time sheet.  The signed time sheet should be submitted promptly to the Council on Aging office.  The Council on Aging Director will document the hours worked and the credit earned and will notify the Tax Collector, who will apply the abatement to the participant’s property tax bill.

Priority for program participation will be given to eligible applicants who have not yet participated in the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work Program.

Please see the document below for more details.