Wounded Hazel Hurst vet receives tax exemption
SMETHPORT -- Hazel Hurst native Jamie R. Himes, who was wounded in Iraq in 2005, has been granted a Veterans Exemption and will receive a refund on her 2012 property taxes on her residence in Liberty Township near Port Allegany.Acting Tuesday at a meeting in Smethport, the McKean County Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a county tax refund of $659.59 for the property at 768 Upper Portage Road. Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane all voted in favor of the refund.The Liberty Township Board of Supervisors has been asked to approve a 2012 tax refund of $215.20, according to a notice from Angelia Tennies, chief assessor for the county.Himes requested the refunds because she was granted a Veterans Exemption last August.Himes was serving in the U.S. Air Force in 2005 when the vehicle she was riding in struck an improvised explosive device (IED). She was seriously injured in the blast. The Hazel Hurst community held a giant parade to honor Himes when she was able to leave the hospital after treatments for her injuries.See full article by purchasing the March 21 edition of The Kane Republican.