MERIDEN — To help local residents financially affected by the government shutdown, some city officials want to let federal employees defer their city tax payments until they return to work.
The state legislature is expected to vote Tuesday on an emergency relief package for furloughed federal employees, including allowing municipalities to defer property tax payments for those affected, according to a statement from Gov. Ned Lamont’s Office.
Council Majority Leader David Lowell said he and other councilors will offer a resolution at the City Council’s meeting the same day, stating Meriden’s intention to defer the tax payments. Lowell said once the state legislation is passed, the council resolution will be updated to reflect guidelines set forth by the state.
Lowell said while he doesn’t know how many Meriden residents are impacted by the shutdown “it certainly seems like the right thing to do in this circumstance.”
An estimated 1,500 federal employees have been financially impacted statewide, according to Lamont.
Other Connecticut municipalities have also announced initiatives to help those affected by the shutdown. Danbury officials held a press conference this week with Union Savings Bank to announce a food donation drive, a pledge by the bank to waive monthly fees, and interest-free loans for federal workers who live or work in the Union Savings Bank community and are not being paid during the government shutdown.
Meriden’s resolution would go before the council’s Finance Committee, and then the full council will vote on a recommendation made by the committee. The resolution was presented by Lowell, Mayor Kevin Scarpati, and Deputy Mayor Michael Cardona.
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