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First Selectman Issues Emergency Order to Assist Elderly Residents

On April 1, 2020, First Selectman Matthew T. Hoey III signed into to order The Town of Guilford Emergency Order Regarding Town Code Section 247-23 et. Seq. Elderly Tax Relief Program. On March 17, 2020 The First Selectman of The Town of Guilford declared a state of emergency due to the significant danger to public health posed by the spread of COVID-19. This was in response to the significant impact of this pandemic and the shortages of supplies and equipment necessary to protect the public's health and safety, and the spread of COVID-19 to residents of the Town of Guilford. Due to this impact, The First Selectman has taken further action to protect the elderly population of the town who participate in the elderly tax relief program. This order protects elderly residents from unnecessary risk of public contact in the application procedures currently required by the town.

Effective April 1, 2020 the following modifications to the elderly tax relief program are made:

1. The application date for the tax freeze program is extended until August 15, 2020;

2. All current participants in the Tax Freeze Program are grandfathered in for purposes of the issuance of tax bills due July 1, 2020;

3. All gradfathered participants are still required to file applications with all associated documents by August 15, 2020.

4. Failure to file by the extension date will result in a loss of the freeze status; and

5. Any grandfathered participants who no longer meet the qualifications criteria will have their tax bills adjusted to reflect the appropriate tax rate and will have a grace period, to be determined, to pay the new tax balance due.

For more information on this order click below.

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