GARDINER — The City Council recently approved an ordinance that exempts some active-duty military personnel from paying vehicle excise tax.

The exemption applies to any active-duty resident who is either permanently stationed at a military or naval post, station or base outside of Maine or deployed for military service for a period of more than 180 days, if they continue to register their vehicle in the city.

“It’s a nice way to honor their service to our country,” Mayor Andrew MacLean said in a prepared statement.

To apply for the exemption, a resident must give the city certification from the commander of the resident’s post, station, or base or from the commander’s designated agent that the resident is stationed there permanently or is deployed for military service for more than 180 days.

The ordinance will take effect Aug. 24.

For more information, call Tax Collector/Motor Vehicle Agent Kathleen Cutler at 582-2223.

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