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 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.
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.