Wallingford submits 8 programs for state tax credit

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WALLINGFORD — The Town Council submitted eight local municipal and tax exempt organizations for the state Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credit program.

The program provides funding through a tax credit for businesses that make cash contributions to eligible organizations.

The Town Council approved a resolution this week authorizing Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. to submit the following local programs to the state Department of Revenue Services for consideration:

■Columbus House, operates Wallingford Emergency Shelter: $120,000

■Durable Medical Equipment Charity, Inc., purchase a van for transportation and operations: $20,000

■First Congregational Church, HVAC green retrofit: $45,000

■Gaylord Hospital, patient programs and services: $150,000

■Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven, Wallingford homes: $150,000

■Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club, youth development: $150,000

■Wallingford Family YMCA, Healthy Communities Campaign: $150,000

■Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust, operates Johnson Mansion/Wallingford Silver Museum: $60,000  

Councilor Jason Zandri abstained from the vote during Tuesday night’s meeting, citing his position on the Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club board of directors.

Councilor Joseph Marrone asked how First Congregational made it to the list among the other social programs.

Council Chairman Vincent Cervoni said that religious organizations fall under the same 501c3 designation, so they qualify under the Neighborhood Assistance Act.

First Congregational hosts Wallingford Community Dinners, a group that serves Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, including meal delivery to homebound residents.

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