Here are some bits of useful information for today:
CHESTER SELECTMEN ADOPT TAX DEFERRAL RELIEF
Governor Lamont's Executive Order 7S offers several options for municipalities to be able to offer assistance to residents during this difficult economic period. Chester has chosen to participate by offering eligible taxpayers, businesses, nonprofits, and residents a deferment by ninety (90) days of any taxes on real property, personal property or motor vehicles, or municipal sewer use charges for such tax, rate, charge, or assessment from the time that it became due and payable. Commercial and Residential landlords have special requirements and an application to fill out in order to qualify for a deferrment. More information will be forthcoming in the next few days.
While we anticipate that most folks will pay taxes on time, this program is intended to offer assistance to those members of our community who are undergoing challenges such as unemployment, mandatory closure of a non-essential business, illness or other hardship related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Lenders who hold escrowed tax accounts on mortgages are still required to submit those taxes on time.
More detailed information will be forthcoming in the next few days, including access to a computer fillable application for landlord requests. Stay tuned!
SAVE THE DATE - CHESTER BUDGET HEARING 5/6/2020 at 7 p.m.
This is a very strange year for trying to get anything accomplished. There are many changes to how we will pass our town and school budgets this year, since we cannot hold either a referendum or a town meeting. While the process for approving the budget is temporarily different, the presentation to you of a proposed budget and your opportunity to make comments and/or ask questions is more important than ever.
Chester's Budget hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6th and will be held via remote "Zoom": meeting. The access codes for the meeting an, links to the budget documents will be sent by special Townwide email by the end of the week and will also be posted on the Chester website. You should also see the official notice of public hearing in Thursday's Valley Courier.
STATUS OF COVID-19 INFECTIONS
Lastly, although the overall rate of hospitalization is down, we have two new positively diagnosed individuals in Chester today - one in Aaron Manor and one from the general population. Just a little hint (read: shove) from the virus that it is not done with us quite yet. I know this isolating and social distancing is difficult, stressful and making most of us weary - please hang in there. It IS working to keep infections down all over Connecticut.
Meanwhile, we have alot of work to do to figure out what will be cancelled and what we can continue to move forward, how to get back to school and when, what we need to do in order to open our businesses, and how to keep the infection rate low in general, until we have some sort of herd immunity, a vaccine, or some other at least partial protection. As someone said to me tonight, "Is it even possible to teach 5 year olds with a mask on?" and "How do you socially distance kids on a school bus?".