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New Fairfield considering creating standing tax abatement committee

New Fairfield does not have a standing tax abatement committee, but one could be established.  First Selectman Pat Del Monaco presented the idea recently to the Board of Selectmen.  She says if there was a time to do it, it's now when there are probably a lot of people in town who are in dire financial straits.  Currently, tax delinquent New Fairfield residents face a lien on their property.  Requests for tax abatement are currently subject to approval by the state Office of Policy and Management.  Selectman Khris Hall agreed that it's something to consider at this time.  Selectman Kim Hanson while he's wary of potential problems that could arise, he doesn’t think a tax abatement committee is “a terrible idea.” Hanson called for very specific rules under which there is an abatement.  Del Monaco agreed to talk with former First Selectman Cheryl Reedy about how New Fairfield’s past tax abatement committee worked.  New Fairfield would have to rely on an ordinance.  The town's current tax abatement program only applies to emergency service volunteers.

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