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Trumbull Senior Tax Relief Expanded

The Town Council approved adding merging brackets and adding relief for seniors earning $61,000 to $70,000.

Expanding Trumbull senior tax relief passed the Town Council over objections to opening it to seniors earning up to $70,000.

Councilwoman Martha Mark called the expansion "insulting to the lower brackets."

She said the lowest-earning seniors are paying for the relief to higher earning seniors.

Her colleague, Fred Palmieri Jr., added, "We're basically doubling senior tax relief."

John DelVecchio Jr. agreed with Mark. "The $70,000 bracket means somebody else is going to have to pay for it," he said. "The $70,000 bracket is a little high and I'd like to see it go away myself."

But council members did acknowledge the need for senior tax relief.

"They need the benefits," said David Pia. "I hope we will have a means testing. I support moving this forward" and tweaking it later, he said.

Chadwick Ciocci noted that Trumbull's median household income is $85,000 to $100,000, and $70,000 is less than that. "We're not talking about rich people," he said.

There were concerns that the expansion adds $600,000, doubling the cost of the current plan. 

Mark concluded, "The correct people are at the bottom, not at the top."

Carol Hudak April 23, 2012 at 02:32 PM
But you are talking about the GOP voter base, Chad! This sr. vote pandering is not even subtle. I can see the campaign flyers already: "I lowered your taxes; gave seniors increased tax relief." (of course, road repair is bonded for 20 years . . . just one example.) "Listen to what we say, don't look at what we do" would be the honest and appropriate GOP campaign slogan. Wake up, Trumbull. There's no free ride. Eventually you will all find that out.
Thomas Tesoro April 24, 2012 at 06:02 PM
What a farce. Every person in both Parties who acts in good faith supports senior tax relief for those seniors in need. However, seniors who may have substantial assets now get relief. Now, who picks up the burden...struggling families that is who. What happened to the people on the verge of foreclosure? The Republican answer, you get the opportunity to help seniors who do not need it. So, to the struggling families on the verge of forclosure struggling to pay (and or save for) college, take solace in knowing that you are still a good soundbite for the Republicans. Otherwise, pay up!! By the way, get ready for your increased sewer usage charges justified because it was unfair to "snowbirds". Where is the equity? Where is the fairness?
Carol Hudak April 25, 2012 at 05:06 AM
A true shell game! P.T. Barnum would be proud of the GOP. 'Lowered taxes' but HIGH sewer fees. What a joke. And so predictible. Hate to say 'I told you so,' but . . . I'm looking forward to the day when the town wakes up from its coma and sees/learns what's really been going on in Trumbull.
Joan April 25, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Let me get this straight. A younger family making under $70K per year, struggling to pay their mortgage and taxes, raise children, save for college, etc., will now be asked to subsidize tax relief for some more well-off seniors, just so Tim Herbst can continue to get the senior vote time after time. Meanwhile, these younger families are also seeing less in the way of school services and having to pay more out of pocket for school activities. Yup, I think that about sums it up.
Kay October 10, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Boltons' concert could have been predicted due to his lack of popularity and it was scheduled too late in the summer. During August when the weather is so hot is the best time when people want to be out in a open field. Blame the entertainment committee, wrong date, wrong performer, or ask me. Kay

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