Tax Revaluation

The state-mandated tax revaluation is under way. Many residents have contacted me expressing their concerns. Please do not use the current mil rate to guesstimate what your new taxes will be. Your taxes will be set after I, with our Board of Finance, complete the budget process. It is the expenditures and revenues of the town's operating budget that drives the mil rate. I encourage all residents to participate in the budget process by attending the Board of Finance's meeting and budget workshops. I am committed to keeping costs down where possible and tightening the town's belt to keep taxes as low as possible.

Power Line Construction

By letter dated Jan. 23, the Connecticut Siting Council changed the hours of operation for the transmission line construction from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., six days a week, excluding Sundays. The Siting Council also requested that barriers be placed at access road entrances to discourage unauthorized use of the access roads. I want to thank everyone that came out at our meeting with the utility company and the Siting Council representatives, including our state Senator and state Representatives. This proves that working together we can obtain results for everyone's benefit. Please let me know if the construction workers are violating these new parameters by calling me at Town Hall. I will continue to work with our residents and our state officials to ensure that everyone's property is restored as much as possible after this construction is done.

Edison Road Extension

The town has completed acquiring all of the land necessary to extend Edison Road to Marsh Hill Road. This acquisition is a critical component in increasing development of the light industrial zone. There was no cost to the taxpayers of Orange for this acquisition. It was funded exclusively with state grant money. I want to thank everyone for working with me to bring this matter to a conclusion.

Grant Funding

We continue to seek out and obtain state grants to benefit our town. We recently received a state grant in the amount of $200,000 to improve the Old Tavern Road ballpark. I expect that work will begin sometime this spring.

Boston Post Road Construction

The widening of the Boston Post Road between Racebrook Road and the Milford town line is expected to begin in the summer of 2008. This project includes the widening of the roadway to accommodate two traffic lanes in each direction with a center turn lane. This project is managed, controlled and paid for by the state of Connecticut.

Jim Zeoli is Orange first selectman.