ASSESSOR’S NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS

DECLARING PERSONAL PROPERTY: All persons liable to pay taxes are hereby notified to declare all tangible personal property owned by them on October 1, 2018.  Non-residents are required to declare property located in any town for any three months preceding October 1, 2018.  Failure to declare by November 1, 2018 as required by law will result in a 25% PENALTY assessment.

Local Assessors will mail declaration forms to all property owners previously on record. Failure to receive a form does not negate the requirement to declare.  Forms will be available in the Assessor’s Office.

NOTE:  Real property or Connecticut registered motor vehicles do not need to be declared.  Taxable personal property includes:  unregistered motor vehicles, motor vehicles located in Connecticut but registered in another state, horses and ponies, mobile manufactured homes not assessed as real estate, manufacturing machinery and equipment, business furniture and fixtures, farm machinery, farming tools, mechanics tools, electronic data processing equipment, telecommunication equipment, cables, conduits, pipes, poles, business expensed supplies and other property such as billboards, video games, vending machines, leasehold improvements, etc.

VETERANS who served for more than ninety days during a time of war or have been disabled must have recorded their honorable discharge with the Town Clerk by October 1, 2018 in order to receive a minimum of $1,000 assessment exemption.  Disabled Veterans need to file proof of their VA rating with the Assessor to receive an increased exemption.

ADDITIONAL VETERANS EXEMPTION: Increased exemptions are available for those who meet necessary income requirements and the above Veterans’ criteria.  An application along with proof of income must be filed with the Assessor biennially.  Filings for this year must be made by October 1, 2018.

ARMED SERVICE MEMBERS may obtain an exemption on one (1) passenger motor vehicle if proof is submitted.  See local Assessor.

TOTALLY DISABLED: any person under the age of 65 that has been awarded total disability must apply by January 31, 2018 in order to receive a $1,000 assessment exemption.  Applicants must furnish proof of award.

FARM MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT:  Eligible farmers must file the notarized exemption application on or before November 1, 2018.

MANUFACTURING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT installed in a manufacturing facility and used in the manufacturing process may be allowed exemption.  Eligible manufacturers must complete and file the MME Exemption Application by November 1, 2018.

NEW COMMERCIAL TRUCKS with a gross vehicle rating in excess of 26,000 lbs. should check with the Assessor’s office for tax exemption eligibility.  Application must be completed and filed with the assessor by November 1, 2018.

LAND CLASSIFICATION:  Persons seeking to classify land under Farm, Forest or Open Space, for the first time, must file between September 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018 with the Assessor.  Persons seeking to classify as Forest must also have a complete certified forester’s report done by October 1st.  Only changes to the original filing (ownership, use or acreage) need to be reported annually.

Assessor, Town of Voluntown

Rev. 9.4.18

 

New Email Notification System

We have been aware of glitches to our website email notifications and are starting a new email notification program. If you would like to receive email notifications from the Voluntown Town Hall about upcoming town meetings, events, and information, please sign up to be on our new emailing list (even if you had already signed up for the old one- Sorry!) through the following link: http://www.voluntown.gov/subscribe-to-emails/

The current website alert system will be discontinued on October 1st.

 

Voluntown Volunteer Fire Company Has a New Website

The Voluntown Volunteer Fire Company has a new website, www.voluntownfire.org. Residents are encouraged to visit this site for fire department news, information on volunteering, department event information, and to reserve dinner tickets.

Gov. Malloy Announces Launch of Statewide Text-to-911 Capability

8/23/18 Press Release from Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy

Gov. Malloy Announces Launch of Statewide Text-to-911 Capability

New Service Provides Ability to Send a Text Message in an Emergency When Absolutely Necessary, Including for Those with Disabilities and in Situations When a Voice Call is Not Safe

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut has launched a new Text-to-911 capability as part of the state’s new Next Generation 9-1-1 Emergency Telecommunications System. Text-to-911 provides residents with the ability to send a text message to 9-1-1 from a handheld device in emergency situations when it is either unsafe or they are unable to place a voice call. The system, which is available statewide, is now in effect.

“The safety and security of our residents is a top priority and this is an important innovation that will indubitably save lives,” said Governor Malloy. “There are emergency situations where a voice call to 9-1-1 is neither possible nor safe. This technology provides increased protection for residents, including victims of domestic violence and those who are deaf or hard of hearing, by increasing access to emergency responders in such scenarios.”

Officials are cautioning residents that voice calls to 9-1-1 remain the best and fastest way to contact emergency services whenever it is feasible to do so. Text-to-911 is only intended to be used when absolutely necessary or needed, which is why the new system’s theme is: Call if you can, text if you can’t.

Text-to-911 is specifically intended for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. It is also intended to be used when people are in certain situations that would be unsafe or impractical to place an audible voice call, such as during a home invasion, an act of domestic violence, or active mass shooting, and also during medical emergencies that render a person incapable of speech.

Connecticut is one of only several states in the nation to roll out the Text-to-911 feature statewide.

“The Text-to-911 feature is a new alternative to calling 9-1-1 and designed for people who are in danger and are unable to speak,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. “Residents in need of assistance now have a new tool to communicate with emergency services to get the help that they need. This will certainly help save lives and I’m glad this technology is currently available in Connecticut.”

“It is critical that everyone is able to contact 9-1-1 to summon help in an emergency and that is why Connecticut created Text-to-911 capability,” said Commissioner Dora Schriro of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). “The Text-to-911 feature was added to enhance the public’s safety and wellbeing and it could save lives, especially for those with hearing and speech impairments and anyone in a situation where silence is essential to their safety when summoning help. Soon, public service announcements will air on TV and radio showing you how to use this feature, but for additional information any time, go to www.Text911CT.org.”

“This is a great step forward in the communication options for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have another disability that makes texting in an emergency their best or possibly only method to contact emergency services,” said Commissioner Amy Porter of the Department of Rehabilitation Services, which is responsible for promoting equal access and self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.

“I want to thank the Governor and his administration for the ever present vigilance on behalf of victims of domestic violence,” said Mary-Jane Foster, President and CEO of Hartford’s Interval House, the state’s largest and oldest domestic violence agency. “The ability to use this very important tool in the most dangerous of situations gives a voice to victims when they otherwise would not have one. We know for a fact that the ability to text 9-1-1 will save lives.”

“The new Text-to-911 technology will provide an important lifeline for many victims of domestic violence in Connecticut,” said Karen Jarmoc, CEO of Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Victims may find themselves in situations where violence is escalating quickly and it is not safe for them to call the police in front of the person abusing them. This new technology will provide them with a discreet way to seek police help. We thank Governor Malloy and Commissioner Schriro for their leadership.”

To use Text-to-911, enter the numbers “911” in the “to” or “recipient” field on a mobile phone or other handheld device. Text a brief message that includes the location of the emergency and what services are needed (police, fire, ambulance). After that, answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call center.

Connecticut’s 9-1-1 Emergency Telecommunications System is maintained and operated by DESPP’s Division of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications. To make residents aware of the new capability and educate on the proper uses, DESPP has launched a public education campaign that will include television and radio spots, online and cinema advertising, social media alerts, and outreach to targeted populations.

For more information on the Text-to-911 system and to see a demonstration of the capability, visit www.Text911CT.org.

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Meals-On-Wheels Delivery Available to Voluntown Senior Residents

Meals-On-Wheels Delivery Available to Voluntown Senior Residents

Serving persons sixty years and older and their spouses, Meals-on-Wheels delivery is available on a referral basis by the Visiting Nurse, Social Worker, Doctor office, Hospital, municipal agent, family, friends, and clients themselves. Meals are delivered to Voluntown residents Monday through Thursday with frozen meals provided for weekends. Meals provided are nutritionally balanced and within the guidelines of a no-added-salt and no-added-sugar diet. More info in the link below or contact Town Hall (860) 376-4089.

http://www.tvcca.org/food-nutriti…/senior-nutrition-program/

Town of Voluntown Prescription Discount Card

The Town of Voluntown Prescription Discount Card is available to all Voluntown residents, no matter their age, employment status, or whether they are currently insured. Residents may print a card by visiting http://ctrxdiscountcard.com, and begin using it right away. If you don’t have access to a printer, cards are available on the information wall outside the town clerk’s office. Simply bring the card to the pharmacy counter when filling a prescription.

This card was designed to be used if you do not have insurance or if something is not covered by your current insurance program. This card cannot be used in conjunction with another insurance program in order to discount your co-pays or deductible. This card can be used for pet prescriptions.

Reminder: Time to License Dogs, Tags Available on June 4

This is a reminder that per CT State Statutes Section 22-338 and 22-339b,  all dogs over the age of 12 weeks must be vaccinated. Once vaccinated, dogs over the age of six months must be licensed with the town clerk’s office each year. Owners have the month of June to purchase licenses, which go into effect by July 1. There is a $1 late fee for all dogs licensed after June 30.

A dog owner can be fined $136 if a dog is not vaccinated, and $75 if a dog is not licensed.

Dog Licenses; Required for all dogs six months of age or over. Rabies certificate is required. License fees: $8.00 spayed/neutered dogs – $19.00 male or female dogs. For renewal, just need an updated rabies certificate. Proof of spay/neuter only needed for new license.

Information from the Voluntown Substance Abuse Prevention Council: Change the Script

Change the Script is a statewide public awareness campaign to help communities deal with the prescription drug and opioids misuse crisis. It connects town leaders, healthcare professionals, treatment professionals and everyday people with the resources they need to face prescription opioid misuse – and write a new story about what we can accomplish when we all work toward a shared goal. For more information please visit drugfreect.org

Beach Pond Water Draw Down

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has approved the Town of Voluntown’s request to draw down Beach Pond two feet during the 2017/2018 winter season.

The two feet drawdown will commence on or about October 30, 2017.  The drawdown will restore to normal water surface elevation by April 2, 2018. However, there is always a risk that refilling may not be achieved by the target date due to unusually dry weather conditions. the next anticipated drawdown at Beach Pond, based on the previously established drawdown policy would occur during the 2020/2021 winter season.

The cost of this drawdown service to the town is estimated to be about $2100.

Eversource Offers Power Outage Reporting Via Text

OUTAGE ALERTS & TEXT REPORTING

The following information is from the Eversource website.

Receive outage and restoration updates for your electric service in the channels you choose – text, email and phone. You can also report an outage by text and receive on-demand text status updates on your restoration.

First, update your alert notification settings and receive alerts on:

  • Your time of restoration;
  • Outage cause;
  • Status updates;
  • Restoration ​completion.

By activating text alert notifications you are also enrolling to report an outage by text and receive status updates.

  • Text “OUT” to 23129 to report an outage.
  • Text “STAT” to 23129 to receive a status update.

Don’t forget to add 23129 to your contacts for easy reporting!