July 22, 2022 Submitted by Glenn Mangurian
The world has been suffering physically and economically through an unprecedented pandemic. Covid shut down parts of our economy and broke parts of our supply chain. The good news is that our economy has come roaring back. Unemployment is at a 50-year low. Demand continues to outpace supply causing prices to rise most notably in gasoline and food costs. Home values are at unprecedented highs. For the most part, Hingham residents are doing just fine.
Residents Supporting Residents
As I wrote last year, a few Hingham families stretch their resources to make ends meet. The Hingham Food Pantry continues to provide an important safety net for Hingham families in need. The pantry receives its food and funding through the generosity of our fellow citizens, local food establishments and the Greater Boston Food Bank. The generosity of Hingham residents extends to property tax relief. This year’s Town budget includes over $500,000 in property tax relief funds to be granted to those residents in need.
Information and Help Are Available
There are more than eight different property tax relief programs for residents based on age, income, and veteran or disability status. Recognizing the challenges of making residents aware of these valuable programs, Hingham leaders have formed a cross department working group to get the word out and help residents find the appropriate programs. If you, a relative, neighbor or friend are interested in learning more, please call the Hingham Assessor’s Office at 781-741-1455 to discuss the availability of tax relief programs and your potential qualifications. They are eager to help.
We are fortunate to live in a town where the generosity of its residents is real and visible.