Applicants for these property tax relief programs must apply by May 15 in order to qualify. The income levels are $33,000 for a married couple and $27,100 for a single person. To meet all requirements you must provide proof of income (taxable as well as non-taxable) received from all sources during the last calendar year.

If you file a tax return, please bring that with you when you apply. Please remember that proof of all income, including Social Security benefits (Form SSA 1099) must be submitted or your application cannot be processed. You may apply at the Assessor's Office Monday through Friday from 9a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call Jean Rushworth for further info.

Elderly Tax Relief

In the fall I established a First Selectman's Ad Hoc Elderly Tax Relief Committee to explore options for property tax relief for Bethany's seniors. The members of that committee; Thelma Lumpkin, Ann Lehman, Katie Schultz, Chip Spear and Skip Borgerson have been meeting monthly to assess the current situation and to determine if any new course of action is practical. I want to thank them for their continuing efforts and will keep you informed of their progress.

Benefit Dinner Feb. 25

Don't forget to get your tickets for the Benefit Ziti Dinner for Peter Hubbard to be held on Friday, Feb. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bethany Town Hall. Peter, a 19 year-old college student and Woodbridge resident is the youngest son of Paul and Cathy Hubbard, the owners of Pleasant View Garage in Bethany. Peter, a member of the Amity Wrestling Team while at Amity High School, was seriously injured in an accident in January and faces many surgeries and physical rehabilitation. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased from June Riley in the Selectman's Office at Town Hall or by calling John Kane at 393-3039 or Frank Perelli at 530-3076. If you can't attend the dinner but would like to help out you may send a donation in the form of a check (please don't send cash through the mail) to either Peter or Cathy Hubbard c/o John Kane, 645 Old Litchfield Turnpike, Bethany, CT 06524.