Sun, Dec 17, 2017

1MW Solar Brownfield Installation

LOCAL NEWS

 

VA Photo ID Cards are Coming in November according to news posted on Military.com.

Here's how you can help people affected by Hurricane Harvey:  Donate to any of the following organizations: Houston Food Bank, Samaritan's Purse or Second Mile. Click here to find out how you can help those who were impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Jose.

News from the Recreation Department! We are now located on the Lower Level of the Town Hall, Wednesday-Friday from 8am-3pm. 860-928-0208 x305. smile

Registration packets for the 2018 Student Ski/Snowboard Program at Wachusett Mountain are available in the First Selectman's Office.  Click here for the registration packet and click here for the Wachusett Mountain flyer. Less than 30 spaces remain...

The CT Dept. of Motor Vehicles has implemented a new process for issuing driver Licenses and ID cards.  Click on the link http//ct.gov/dmv for more information.

Wondering about all the new signs around town? Woodstock has received various speed limit and "corner" signs from the State at no cost to the Town.  The various signs have been installed by the State, and are now under review by the Public Works department.

We love the Quiet Corner!  Click HERE to celebrate all the great places to visit, eat at, and experience!

Thanks to generous sponsors and donors, Crystal Pond Park (fka Camp Nahaco) now has an 18-hole Frisbee Disc Golf Course! Click HERE to learn what's new at Crystal Pond Park!

Click on the link for the November 2017 Pomfret Senior Center Calendar, the November 2017 Pomfret Senior Newsletter, and the November 2017 Pomfret Senior Center Menu.

Check out our new Woodstock Merchandise!!

Sweet Evalina's now offers Electric Car Charging Station

 

FROM THE SELECTMEN

 Christmas and New Year's Schedule

Town Hall Open

  • Monday/Tuesday/Thursday, Dec. 18,19&21--Open 8:30-4:30
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20--Open 8:30-6:00
  • Friday, Dec. 22--Open 8:30-noon
  • Tuesday/Thursday, Dec. 26&28--Open 8:30-4:30
  • Wednesday, Dec. 27--Open 8:30-6:00
  • Friday, Dec. 29--Open 8:30-noon
  • (Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1)

Highway Open

  • Monday through Thursday, Dec. 18-21--Open 7am-3pm
  • Friday, Dec. 22--Open 7am-11am
  • Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 26-29--Open 7am-3pm
  • (Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1)

Transfer Station Open

  • Tuesday (12-19), Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22-24
  • Tuesday (12-26), Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29-31
  • OPEN 10am-3:45pm (Regular Hours)

We know your time is valuable!  But consider volunteering a few hours each month to make a big difference in your community! Listed below are the Boards and Commissions vacancies available. Any questions, call either the First Selectman's Office or Town Clerk's Office.   

  • Northeast District Department of Health Board of Directors Representative (1 full and 1 alternate)
  • Arboretum Committee (1 full)
  • Beautification Committee (1 full)
  • Charter Communications (2 full)
  • Conservation Commission (3 alternates)
  • Eastern Regional Mental Health Board (1 full)
  • Inland Wetland (1 full and 3 alternates)
  • Recreation Commission (2 full)
  • Zoning Board of Appeals (3 alternates)

Click HERE to see the Unofficial Results for the November 7th Municipal Election.

Click Here to learn about Wreaths Across America, Wreath Laying Ceremonies to remember and honor all who have served.

For fun and adventure at the Arboretum--try Letterboxing!  Click HERE to get started!

Click here for the Press Release on our Solar Brownfield Installation (see photos above).  It started generating electricity on August 19, 2016! It is projected to save the Town $1.4 million dollars in electric costs over the next 20 years.  

Approved FY17-18 General Government Budget

Approved FY17-18 Education Budget

Click HERE for FY 2017-2018 Annual Budget Materials

Many thanks to Savage Systems of Putnam!
View video-recorded Board of Finance meetings.

View the results of our most recent Audit (FY 2016)!  Click for the Single Audit Reports, and Financial Statements!

Safety First! Check out our newest House Numbering Flyer or the "House Number Ordinance" (page 52).

REMINDERS

Pay Taxes Online

Woof Woof!  It's time to renew your dog license with the Town Clerk.  If you have a new dog, they must be 6 months old in order to register.  Please bring in a valid rabies certificate and if your dog is fixed, please bring in the spay/neuter certificate as well.  The cost is $8 for a fixed dog or $19 if they are not fixed.  Only $6.00 late fee if you renew by December 31st.

Transfer Station Permits are for sale at half price!  Please bring your vehicle registration in with you!   2017 Transfer Station Regulations

Calculate YOUR Taxes with the FY17-18 Mil Rate of 24.30.  Your assessment can be viewed on Vision Appraisal.

Click here for important information from the DMV concerning your car tax bill.

Click here for the Tax Collector's Legal Notice.

Click here for some important information regarding downed power lines.

FROM THE BUILDING OFFICE:  Online building permitting is now available! Click to get started. 

VARIOUS LINKS

Please click here for scam alert from Northeast  Utilities.

white violetYes, the Town of Woodstock does have an official Town Flower!
Recently, a resident posed this question, and after some research by Judith Gries of the Beautification Committee, we have the answer.  It is the White Violet

Calculate Your Estimated Taxes
Assessed Value
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Mil Rate
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Estimated Tax:$

For Table above: Key in your Assessed Value*, followed by your mil rate of choice, and click Calculate. CURRENT mil rate (FY2013-2014) is 22.28. Please remember to use your Assessed Value to accurately compute your proposed taxes.

*Contact the Assessor's Office to confirm your assessed value. Be sure to include your name and property address (s) in your email OR click on Vision Appraisal to get your assessment (s) online.

PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES

JUST A REMINDER

ALL PERSONAL PROPERTY DECLARATION FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 1ST EACH YEAR EVEN IF YOUR BUSINESS IS TERMINATED.  ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE.

WHAT IS PERSONAL PROPERTY?

All property owned by anyone operating a business in the State of Connecticut, unless specifically exempt, must be declared and assessed by the assessor. Such property is to be assessed at 70% of it’s fair market value. The values declared on the personal property declaration are to be based upon those values submitted under Federal tax returns.

Even individuals not engaged in business may own personal property subject to taxation. For example, unregistered motor vehicles (campers, trailers, trucks, off road construction vehicles, etc.) are to be declared and assessed based upon the average retail value. Horses and ponies must also be declared as personal property. Note that there is an exemption amount per animal.

The “three month rule” establishes the situs of certain personal property for the purposes of taxation for non-residents. In short, the owner of tangible personal property located in any town for three months or more shall file a personal property declaration. Personal property may be discovered by various means such as: licenses, trade name filings, newspapers, advertisements, field inspections, etc.

Each year you will receive a Personal Property Tax Form prior to October 1st. This form is used to list your personal property subject to taxes as of October 1st and is to be filed with the Woodstock Assessor by November 1st. A reminder notice of this filing date will always be posted by the 15th of October either on Town Hall property or website or in a local newspaper that has a general circulation in town. If you do not receive a declaration form, -ASK- it’s your responsibility. The town is not mandated to mail out the personal property declarations. Those of you who employ an accountant may want him/her to prepare your personal property declaration. They are familiar with the process and may even have software to process the declaration electronically.

The ABC’s for filing your Personal Property declaration.

A.   File Early. An incorrect or incomplete declaration form will be returned for correction. Resubmit the form by November 1st or the 25% penalty will be added. An incorrect or incomplete filing will not be logged in as filed and will be considered a no-file.

B.   No longer in business or no taxable personal property? If you receive a Personal Property Declaration, but believe you are not taxable, tell us why. Are you out of business? Is your business in another town? If you believe your property is not taxable—why? Return the form telling us all about it. If you don’t return the form with an explanation the Assessor will file for you and add a 25% penalty.

C.   The returned form must be complete. Return all pages.

  1. Complete the section for information about your business (description, employees, how long in town, location, etc.). (long form page 5)
  2. Put owner’s name or business name if incorporated on all pages.
  3. Enter original cost, including transportation + installation under the proper category and next to the year purchased. If purchased prior to the last year listed on the form put total next to “Prior years”. Don’t forget Code 23-average supplies.
  4. “Lessee’s report”, list anything used in the business that you don’t own. We must have the owner’s name and mailing address. Do your best with the other information requested.
  5. Under “Disposal, Sale and Transfer…” we need at least the year acquired and the acquisition cost so we can make sure you are not taxed for disposed equipment.
  6. Check off all allowable exemptions.
  7. Signature must be original. If you are signing as an agent your signature must be notarized.

A reminder: Please file this letter with your tax records for review next October. Remember, the assessment is calculated on information received (or not received) from the taxpayer on or before November 1st. Let’s be fair to everyone and file a correct and accurate declaration. If you have questions on the Personal Property Declaration or what property is to be reported, please feel free to ask for help. The Assessor’s department may be reached at 860-928-6929 x327 or via e-mail (click HERE).

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