Center offers senior tax prep

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Senior Citizens Center will launch its annual tax preparation services for seniors next month.

Retiring center Director Michelle Jones gave a report on the upcoming program to the Common Council Tuesday night at City Hall.

Jones said the American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, will again offer tax preparation services for seniors at the center, starting Feb. 7. She said three AARP consultants will be present at the 109 E. Main St. facility for tax season, until April 11. She said people should call the center at 518-762-4643 to make an appointment.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 38 million members dedicated to helping people 50 and older to improve their quality of life as they age, its website says.

Elsewhere in her report to the council, Jones held up a first place award for interior decorating which the center received in the city’s 2017 “holiday spirit” decorating contest Nov. 29.

In other reports to the council:

∫ Johnstown Public Library Director Erica Wing said she is working on a report looking back on the library’s 2017 activities. She said that report may be done by next month.

“I feel it was a very full year,” he said.

Wing said the public should know that the 38 S. Market St. library is a “warming station” for people to come in out of the cold. She said “quite a few people” sought relief from frigid conditions during the area’s recent cold snap.

∫ City Treasurer Michael Gifford said his office has been “really, really busy” lately with county tax collections. He said taxpayers are paying quicker this year. He said many people have questions this year.

Otherwise, Gifford reported that he is closing the “general ledger” on 2017, and dealing with other fiscal work in the city.

“We have an awful lot of payroll changes,” the treasurer said.

∫ Second Ward Councilwoman Kathi Iannotti noted the Assessor’s Office wants all VA, Senior Star and Enhanced Star tax exemption requests filed by March 1.

∫ City Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said staff in December did training in basic fire investigation and support operations. In-house EMT basic training is also underway, he said. Two-thirds of the fire department will be EMS-qualified by May, he said.

Heberer reported 68 fire calls in December, which included responses to eight motor vehicle accidents and 22 medical assistance calls. The Codes Enforcement Division issued 25 permits in December worth $163,375 in potential construction projects.

∫Police Chief David Gilbo said his department handled 527 calls in December, including 69 cases and 35 arrests. The department issued 140 citations for the month — 101 of which were alleged violations of the overnight parking ban. Police handled 38 motor vehicle accidents in December.

Gilbo said two officers also attended field training.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]


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