Shaban seeks tax relief for families of the fallen

John Shaban

Last fal Superstorm Sandy claimed the life of Easton volunteer firefighter Lt. Russell Neary when a falling limb struck him while he was responding to a call in Easton.  Lt. Neary left a wife of 25 years and two daughters.

State Rep. John Shaban (R-135 District, Easton, Weston and part of Redding) is seeking state tax relief for Lt. Neary’s family and for all families of first responders killed in the line of duty. Mr. Shaban’s bill, HB 5491 — An Act Concerning a Waiver from Income Tax Liability for Families of First Responders Killed in the Line of Duty, would create a mechanism whereby surviving families could apply for a waiver from the personal income tax for up to one year.

“The goal of the bill is to help the families of the state’s fallen heroes, people who gave up their lives to serve and protect the rest of us,” Mr. Shaban said in his release. “These first responders represent the best of our community, and should have some solace in knowing that if they are killed while serving, the state is ready to help their families.”

Mr. Shaban’s proposal, which is being called the “Russ Neary bill” by some, has been referred to the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee for a possible public hearing.

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