Carlisle considers tax incentives for volunteer first responders

Carlisle/West Shore

Carlisle council members on Tuesday evening discussed a proposed ordinance that would provide tax incentives for volunteer first responders who live in the borough.

More details have to be worked out, but the measure would call for a reduction in property taxes and the earned income tax.

The incentives would be available to first responders who live in the borough and volunteer in other communities.

Nathan Harig, assistant chief of Cumberland Goodwill EMS, started his emergency services career as a volunteer. He says this is a big step going forward because volunteers are down.

“All of us are really hurting for members, and showing that you care by offering incentives shows that you care about the residents that live in the community and serve the community,” said Harig, “It’s a great gesture and we see more interest and are able to respond to more calls and are able to do a lot more good “

The council is expected to vote on the ordinance by the end of the year. If approved, it would go into effect by early 2019.

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