George Gwizd, Acting Chairman Elsa Payne
Dr. Robert Powitz, Vice Chairman Chuck Wehrly
George Gwizd, Secretary Doris Zumbroski
Nelson Engborg John F. Claffey,Jr., Alternate
Ed Gyllenhammer, Alternate
TOWN OF OLD SAYBROOK
WATER POLLUTION CONTROL AUTHORITY
302 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
(860) 395-2876; FAX (860) 395-1216; www.oswpca.org
November 29, 2010
Dear Mr. Anderson,
In response to your email dated November 23, 2010 the WPCA would
like to correct your allegation that the Town is "transferring costs
of a voter-approved project onto a subset of its citizens."
By instituting an Elderly and Disabled Relief component of the
Benefit Assessment policy (as cited in the Connecticut General
Statutes Sec 7-255 (c) excerpt below, and reviewed with the CT
Office of Policy and Management) Old Saybrook is mitigating some of
the burden for a group of residents in the Wastewater Management
District. These residents (like those who take advantage of the
Circuit Breaker Tax Relief and Small Cities Grant for septic
upgrades) are simply deferring their costs by paying only the
interest on their loans. These upgrades will ultimately be paid for
when the property title changes hands.
Please understand that this policy is meant to help senior and
disabled citizens; it does not place the burden on other residents.
Like the programs Old Saybrook has made available in the past,
anyone that meets the eligibility guidelines is encouraged to apply.
We welcome dialogue from all of Old Saybrook's residents, but
certainly hope that they avail themselves of the information in Town
Hall and online as well as speaking with the staff and commissions
responsible for the programs in question before posting potentially
harmful or discouraging misinformation.
Chapter 103 Municipal Sewerage Systems
See. 7-255. Charges. Hearing. Appeal. Payment by municipalities of
charges (11)011 specified classification of property or users.
Optional payment plans.
Any municipality may, by ordinance, provide for optional methods of
payment of sewer use charges to the water pollution control
authority by (1) elderly taxpayers who are eligible for tax relief
under the provisions of section 12-129b, section 12-170aa or a plan
of tax relief for elderly taxpayers provided by such municipality in
accordance with section 12-129n or (2) any taxpayer under the age of
sixty-five who is eligible for tax relief under the provisions of a
plan for tax relief provided by such municipality in accordance with
subdivision (2) of section 12-129n.
Cc: Board of Selectmen