Program lets Marlborough seniors volunteer in exchange for property tax reduction

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Marlborough Mayor concerned with Phase two of vaccine rollout.MARLBOROUGH — The city is offering Marlborough seniors over the age of 60 a chance to reduce their property tax by $1,000 in exchange for volunteering their services.

The program is called the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off (SCRPT), and it runs from Sept. 7 to Dec. 3. 

Applications for SCRPT are available online at https://www.marlborough-ma.gov/council-aging/pages/property-tax-work-information or in person at the Council on Aging’s office at 40 New St., which is in the Marlborough Senior Center. 

As part of the program, about 15 people will be placed in a variety of city offices, assisting with clerical work, greeting people visiting City Hall and painting fire hydrants. 

Applications must be returned in person to the Council on Aging’s office between Aug. 2 and 19. If there are more applicants than positions, participants will be chosen through a lottery on Aug. 20. 

“This collaborative effort not only benefits the City of Marlborough but also our senior residents and engages them within the local community,” said Council on Aging Executive Director Trish Pope in a press release announcing this program. 

Anyone with questions should call Pope at 508-485-6492 or Patricia Bernard in the Mayor’s Office at 508-460-3770.