Milford Approves Tax Deferral Program During Pandemic
The city of Milford will allow a 90-day, interest-free deferment of taxes for individuals and businesses that have been financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Mayor Ben Blake. “We chose to implement the tax deferment program because it provides the most economic relief to our residents,” Blake said. “By deferring taxes due for upwards to 90 days, we are allowing residents a greater opportunity to help financially recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Gov. Ned Lamont’s Executive Order 7S on April 1 allows municipalities to establish one of two tax deferment programs before April 25.
The Board of Aldermen held a special session April 6.
Thirteen of the 14 board members were remotely connected and unanimously determined, after recommendations from Blake, acting Tax Collector Cory Gumbrewicz and City Attorney Jon Berchem, that tax deferment was the best option.
The other plan was a low-interest program on taxes that were delinquent.
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The tax deferral program will apply to real estate, motor vehicle and sewer charges or assessments that otherwise would be due March 10 to July 1 and allows for a 90-day deferral without interest or penalty. The entire audio portion of the meeting can be found on the Milford web site. It was a special meeting so there was no public comment.
Most of the meeting was spent on the COVID-19 situation, and the city response to it, with both Blake and Dr. Deepa Joseph, director of the Health Department, speaking. All board members had an opportunity to question Blake and Joseph. The other item on the agenda was approving an agreement with the University of New Haven for Milford’s first responders to self-quarantine on the UNH campus in West Haven if they have been exposed to, but had not tested positive for, COVID-19.
Residents who wish to apply for the tax deferment program can visit the Milford Tax Collector’s website — https://www.ci.milford.ct.us/tax-collector — or call 203-783-3217 for an application.
Questions regarding when interest begins to accrue or whether it is retroactive to the original due date are on the application. Residents are encouraged to speak with the Tax Assessor’s Office with individual concerns. The program only applies to those who don’t pay taxes through an escrow account.