Pay taxes someday, whenever \u2014 let the kids pay it. The option of indefinitely putting off the payment of town property taxes has now been extended to senior citizens with incomes up to $65,000. The tax deferment program, which dates back to 1997, had previously been limited to seniors with incomes of $55,000 or less. The change was approved Wednesday night, Sept. 18, at a special town meeting of about a dozen voters \u2014 plus the Board of Selectmen. The deferred taxes are all eventually paid \u2014 often with the sale of the property, either because the homeowner moves, or by heirs if the taxpayer dies while still a resident. A related change adopted was an increase in the amount of time a deceased taxpayer\u2019s estate has to repay deferred taxes and accrued interest, from six months to a year. \u201cWhat would be the rate of interest on the deferred taxes?\u201d John Fisher of the OWLS asked during a public hearing that preceded the town meeting. \u201cRight now, it\u2019s 3 percent,\u201d Assessor Al Garzi said. \u201cWe\u2019re charging 3 percent, non-compounded.\u201d Program increase? Joe Savino wondered if raising the income limit from $55,000 to $65,000 would substantially increase the amount of taxes deferred. (Taxes unpaid by the program participants are made up by a slightly higher tax rate for the town\u2019s remaining taxpayers.) \u201cThe program has been around about 20 years. We\u2019ve got 45 people deferring $2 million in taxes,\u201d said Garzi, who administers the program. (The town\u2019s annual budget is $140 million, of which about $125 million is paid directly in general property taxes.) \u201cEvery year it\u2019s a person\u2019s tax bill. We\u2019ve got one person who\u2019s been on it since \u201998 and she owes us about $150,000.\u201d How many taxpayers join the program in a year? \u201cIt could be anywhere from one to five,\u201d said Garzi. \u201dWe had two new people this year.\u201d People also drop out of the program \u2014 they die, or move, or their income goes up \u2014 so it doesn\u2019t just keep growing unchecked. At the town meeting, moderated by attorney Sharon Dornfeld, there was no discussion and the vote was unanimous. The motion to approve the change was made by Fisher, who had proposed the program along with two other tax-break suggestions the selectmen declined to adopt after months of on-and-off discussions. The other two programs suggested by Fisher that the selectmen didn\u2019t pursue were: an increase in the town\u2019s \u201ctax break for the elderly,\u201d which is available to all seniors 65 and older, from the current $1,048 to either $1,100 or $1,200; and a proposal to freeze property owners\u2019 taxes against annual rate increases once they reach the age of 75. The selectmen had chosen to support the tax deferment program while passing on the other two proposals, because it cost the town\u2019s other taxpayers less than the others would have, and the deferment is \u201cmeans tested\u201d so it\u2019s available only to lower income seniors who really need the help.