October 6, 2022

Essex Town Meeting to Act on $50,000 Appropriation for Emergency Management Items, Tax Waiver for Essex Court Elderly Housing

ESSEX— Voters will act on a proposed $50,000 special appropriation for emergency management items and tax waivers for the Essex Court elderly housing complex at a town meeting scheduled for Monday April 9 at 7 p.m., in the town hall auditorium.

The $50,000 appropriation, which includes funding for new appliances for the kitchen in the lower level of town hall, is the third special appropriation for emergency management improvements to be presented to voters since Tropical Storm Irene last August. Last fall, voters approved expenditures for $32,528 for various emergency management improvements, and $38,000 for the nearly completed relocation of the town’s emergency operations center from a room in the lower level of town hall to the former judge of probate office in the building.

Voters will also be asked to approve a waiver of payments in lieu of taxes for the Essex Court elderly housing complex in the Centerbrook section. The proposed PILOT payment waivers include the current fiscal year, 2011-2012, and date back four years to 2007-2008. The town began waiving the PILOT payments after tenant complaints and other issues from 2001 to 2004 depleted the reserve fund for the 36-unit complex.  Total lost tax revenue for the PILOT waivers would be $48,293.

The town meeting agenda also includes authorization to tap two existing capital sinking funds in the current town budget, including $4,000 for the parks and recreation department for repairs to the tennis court at Grove Street Park, and $3,050 to the tree committee for tree plantings this spring. Voters will also be asked to confirm the appointments of one member of the conservation commission, and alternate members for the zoning commission, parks and recreation commission, and the regional Connecticut River Gateway Commission.