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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE TOWN OF BOLTON

July 19, 2024

Dear Bolton Residents,

I wanted to reach out personally today to provide the most up to date information on the tax issue that we are all affected by. Earlier this week the Ad Hoc Committee that was formed by the Board of Selectmen met. At that meeting they determined that more legal issues needed to be vetted and they asked the Town Attorney to work on finding answers to those issues. Individual members of the Committee have worked with staff and the administration to collect the information necessary to make progress toward a resolution. In addition to the Town Attorney, we are consulting CT OPM, the town’s auditor and our IT provider. The Committee will hold its second meeting on Monday July 22, at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall. They will be working on creating a work plan to continue progress toward resolving the issue. This meeting will be in person and virtual. The agenda is posted on the town’s website. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available. I know that many of you are frustrated but what appears to be a simple issue is much more complex than it seems on the surface. I ask that you continue to exercise patience and understanding as we work diligently to resolve the issues for all our residents.

Sincerely,
Rodney Fournier
First Selectman
Town of Bolton

Previous Press Release: 07.10.24
CLICK HERE FOR THE NEXT AD HOC COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA ON MONDAY, JULY 22, 2024.

Homeowners Tax Relief:

The program provides a property tax credit on a sliding scale, depending on your income.  You may be eligible if:

  • you were a Bolton homeowner on 10/1/2023,
  • are at least 65 years of age or totally disabled of any age as of 12/31/2023
  • have a 2023 calendar year qualifying income below a certain figure. For the 2022 application period, the household income limits were $40,300 if a single person household or $49,100 if married.  

The application period for new and renewing applicants is Feb. 1 - May 15.  Renewal applications are required every 2 years.   The 2023 Grand List applications will be mailed to renewing applicants and interested parties at the end of January 2024.  New applicants can request that an application packet be mailed to them by emailing ajohnson@boltonct.gov or leaving a voice message at 860-649-8066 x6100.  Please provide your mailing address and telephone number.

Homeowners Q & A booklet from CT OPM 

Renter's Rebate Program: 

The Assessor’s Office administers this program, which provides a check to eligible renters who are at least 65 years of age or totally disabled or any age.   based on their income and/or disability.  The application period is April 1, 2024 – September 30, 2024.   

So you can plan ahead, the documents necessary to process an application include:

  • Social Security 1099 form for 2023
  • 1099 forms for pensions, dividends, interest and etc. for 2023
  • Employment information (W-2 forms)
  • 2023 Taxes- complete copy required if you file taxes
  • SSI (if applicable) letter from Social Security stating the full amount received from January –December 2023
  • Proof of all rental payments in 2023 (January – December 2023) in the form of canceled checks, rent receipts or letter/ledger from landlord.
  • Proof of tenant paid utilities paid in 2023 (January – December 2023).  Qualifying utility expenses include electric, gas, oil, propane, kerosene, and water.

A question and answer book on the program is available if you click here.  The state maintains a website on the program, which can be accessed at https://portal.ct.gov/opm/igpp/grants/tax-relief-grants/renters--rebate-for-elderlydisabled-renters-tax-relief-program.  If you need more information,  please contact the assessor’s office at 860-649-8066 ext. 6100. 

Veterans Programs 

Veterans
of any declared war period having not previously filed for a veteran’s property exemption in the Town of Bolton must provide an original or certified copy of their Honorable Discharge to the Town Clerk by September 30 to be eligible for a minimum exemption of 4,500 deducted from the assessed value of real estate or a motor vehicle. 

Active duty members of the United States armed forces (including reserves and National Guard) are also eligible for the exemption from taxes of one motor vehicle upon application and may also be eligible for the 4,500 assessment reduction.  If the claimant is currently serving in and is unable to appear in person to establish such right, he may establish such right, until such time as he appears personally and exhibits his discharge or copy, by forwarding to the town clerk annually a written statement, signed by the commanding officer of his unit, ship or station or by some other appropriate officer.  If the claimant is currently serving in an active theater of war or hostilities, a parent, guardian, spouse or legal representative of such person may file a notarized statement that he is personally serving and is unable to appear in person by reason of such service, which statement shall be received before the assessment day of the town wherein the exemption is claimed.

Veterans
with VA disability ratings must submit proof of the rating to the Assessor for an increased exemption benefit.  Proof need be supplied once, unless the rating is changed.

Low income veterans maybe eligible for an Additional Veteran benefit. For the 2024 Grand List, based on 2023 household income, the income limit is $43,800 if you are single or $53,400 if you are married.  The application period is February 1 – October 1. Veteran's Disability payments and non-taxable social security income are not counted as income for this program.  The application period is February 1 – October 1.  See application here.

100% TAX EXEMPTION 

More information on Veterans programs and the Additional Veterans application can be found here: Veterans Programs + Addl Veteran application. A Q & A booklet from Connecticut OPM about the Additional Veterans programs is available here. 

You may be eligible for a veterans exemption if, on the 10/1 Assessment Date, you were in service in time of war and still are in the service, and by reason of continuous service you have not received a separation from service of discharge certificate. More information can be found here.

Application for the Totally Disabled Exemption Program

Totally disabled or blind property owners are eligible for a property exemption by filing their proof of total disability or blindness with the Assessor’s Office.

Motor Vehicle specially-adapted for persons with disabilities - The Town of Bolton has an ordinance exempting certain vehicles specially adapted for persons with disabilities.  The vehicle must be registered in Bolton and not be used to transport persons for a fee.

Application packet