Every real estate tax bill in Sherborn has an enclosure with it. On the bottom portion of that enclosure is a section that can be clipped off that’s entitled “Tax Aid Donation” on which a resident can write in an amount in addition to the tax amount due with that bill.

Editor’s Note: The following was submitted by the Sherborn Tax Aid Committee.

Every real estate tax bill in Sherborn has an enclosure with it. On the bottom portion of that enclosure is a section that can be clipped off that’s entitled “Tax Aid Donation” on which a resident can write in an amount in addition to the tax amount due with that bill. This deductible donation is credited to the fund maintained by the Elderly and Disabled Taxation Aid Committee from which grants are made to qualifying older and disabled residents who are having difficulty paying their biannual real estate tax assessment to the town.

Despite the best efforts of all to control spending as much as possible, taxes have escalated over the past years, and a number of our elderly and disabled longtime neighbors are under a lot of financial pressure as a result. Many have been Sherborn residents for years, and have been instrumental in creating our most desirable community. The committee’s goal is to help relieve that pressure for qualifying citizens so they may continue to contribute to and enjoy the benefits of our fine community.

That’s where the tear off on your tax bill comes into play. Without your contribution to our fund, we will be unable to continue our aid to these folks. Since the inception of this program, there have been a number of loyal contributors who always find the means to be able to include with their tax payment an amount to be given to the Tax Aid Committee. These contributions have been the heart of our fund for grants to those in need, and they are greatly appreciated — but the reality is that our fund is dwindling, which in turn affects the amount that we can grant.

So this is why you are reading this appeal. We are asking that as you pay your taxes due Nov. 1, that you please not ignore the tear-off, and contribute any amount that you are comfortable with to our fund so that we can continue to help our neighbors in need, keeping in mind that the greater your contribution, the more aid we will be able provide. Your help is critical, and the aid we can convey is equally critical. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

Douglas S. Brodie, Chairman

Sherborn Elderly and Disabled Tax Aid Committee