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10/24/2005 Minutes
ELDERLY COMMISSION MEETING
October 24, 2005 at 11:30 am
Town Hall

Meeting Minutes of October 24, 2005:

I.      Meeting called to order at 11:42am by Chairman

II.     Minutes from September 26, 2005 meeting accepted.  Motion made by Karen Boutin, seconded by Catherine Drouin.

III.    Attendance:  
Present:  Claire Badstubner (Chairman), Carol Madore (Tax Assessor), Elizabeth Burns (Municipal Agent), Catherine Drouin (Vice-Chairman), Karen Boutin
              Absent: Cheryl Littlefield, H. Stuart Woodard

IV.     Medicare Part D:

Ms. Burns reminded the group that the public forums regarding Medicare Part D are on 11/2/05 (senior center) and 11/9/05 (Town Hall Annex).  She briefly reviewed with group that this is an informational forum, open to the public, regarding updated benefit information for those who qualify.

V.      New Business:

Chairman proposed postponing any other elderly commission related business until the next meeting, at which time the group will be able to focus on new issues as the Local Tax Credit/Deferral presentation will have already been completed.

VI.     Adjournment

Chairman adjourned meeting at 11:45am


Respectfully Submitted,

Christine Pellegrini
Recording Secretary









LOCAL TAX CREDIT/DEFERRAL COMMITTEE
October 24, 2005 at 11:30 am
Town Hall

Meeting Minutes of October 24, 2005:

I.      Meeting called to order at 11:45am by Chairman

II.     Minutes from September 26, 2005 meeting accepted.  Motion made by Karen Boutin, seconded by Catherine Drouin.

III.    Attendance:  
Present:  Claire Badstubner (Chairman), Carol Madore (Tax Assessor), Elizabeth Burns (Municipal Agent), Catherine Drouin (Vice-Chairman), Karen Boutin
              Absent: Cheryl Littlefield, H. Stuart Woodard

IV.     Elderly Tax Relief:

Carol Madore handed out copies of the initial draft of the memorandum/presentation for the Board of Selectman regarding the issue of a Local Tax Credit/Deferral for the elderly and disabled residents in East Windsor.

The group evaluated each paragraph and decided on any changes to be made.  All members of the committee presented recommendations and/or input.  Committee members worked together to ensure that the presentation “flows” smoothly and that the layout is appropriate in terms of presenting all of the necessary information to the Board of Selectmen.

Through discussion, the committee decided that the following layout should cover all necessary information and present itself well:
A.      Intro
B.      Research process/ study of towns/ public presentation
C.      2 programs for consideration (Tax Credit and Tax Deferral)

A discussion ensued regarding how detailed the information in the report should be.  The committee discussed whether the presentation should include dollar amounts, additional potential liabilities or the current applicants.  Ms. Burns and Ms. Badstubner conveyed to the committee that if the Board of Selectmen or further Boards who may review the presentation, require further information, they will request specifics from the committee.  Ms. Badstubner recommended to the committee that the report, at this point, should simply state the committee’s findings.

Ms. Madore produced Draft #2 based on the above discussions.

Ms. Madore presented to the committee the question of “should the committee state what they are in favor of for the elderly/disabled residents?”.
Ms. Badstubner recommended that the committee not state their opinions within the presentation.

Ms. Burns recommended wording for a conclusion to the presentation.  She recommended possibly using the term “viable programs” and to mention in the conclusion that any program will involve a cost, overall, to all taxpayers in town.

Ms. Badstubner agreed that remaining taxpayers should be aware that an increased mill rate is an increased mill rate for all.  Ms. Badstubner reviewed with Ms. Madore, where in the presentation the cost to the town (for any program) is mentioned.  The report was reviewed and the potential cost for the town is mentioned within the report a number of times.

Ms. Burns and Ms. Madore worked together on the wording for the conclusion of the presentation.  Ms. Burns also suggested stating that the committee is “looking forward to your (the BOS) action on this issue”.

Ms. Madore produced Draft #3 based on the above discussions.

The committee agreed that Draft #3 has a nice layout to it and it is ready to present to the Board of Selectmen for their 11/15/05 meeting.  Ms. Madore offered to print it out on Town letterhead.  Ms. Madore will forward a copy of the presentation, along with all attachments, to each committee member for a final review prior to the 11/15/05 BOS meeting.

V.      New Business

No New Business at this time.

VI.     Adjournment

Chairman adjourned meeting at 1:00pm




Respectfully Submitted,

Christine Pellegrini
Recording Secretary