The Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Corps Exemption provides a reduction in property taxes for qualified volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance service personnel. The exemption equals 10% of the assessed value of the property.
Applicants must have 5 years of certified service and reside in the Town of Hempstead. The property must be used exclusively for residential purposes and be the primary residence of the volunteer. If a portion of the property is not used exclusively for residential purposes, that portion is not entitled to the exemption. Those with more than 20 years of service may qualify for a lifetime exemption, as long as he/she maintains a primary residence in Hempstead Town or any municipality in Nassau County that provides the exemption. Renewal applications must be filed every year until 20 years of service. Members with a lifetime exemption are not required to reapply each year. The unremarried spouse of a deceased volunteer may continue to receive the exemption as long as the deceased volunteer had at least 20 years of service and had previously been receiving the exemption. Proof of certification of enrolled membership, ownership and residency are required.
Volunteer Firefighters/Ambulance Workers Tax Exemption applications may also be obtained from the Nassau County Department of Assessment by calling (516) 571-1500 or visiting their office located at 240 Old Country Road in Mineola.