[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Suffield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-27-1965 by the Board of Selectmen (Ch. 9, Art. II, of the 1987 Code)]
There is a shortage of safe or sanitary dwelling accommodations within the Town available to families of low income at rentals they can afford.
There is need for a housing authority within the Town.
In accordance with the foregoing determinations, findings and declarations, and in pursuance of the authority vested in the Board of Selectmen by statute, five persons are hereby appointed to serve as Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the Town from the first day of July 1965 for staggered terms and until their successors have been appointed and have duly qualified.
[Adopted 5-7-1992 by the Board of Selectmen]
The Town of Suffield grants tax relief to dairy farms as provided for in Connecticut General Statutes § 12-81m (P.A. 90-270, § 35) in accordance with the following procedures and regulations.
The Town shall abate 50% of the property taxes for dairy farm acreage and farm buildings. The abatement shall not apply to the owner's residential lot, residence, and tenant residences on the property.
Abatements shall only be available to the record owner-operators of qualified dairy farms, or tenants of a qualified dairy farm under a written and recorded lease for a period of at least three years, which lease provides that the tenant is responsible for the payment of taxes. Applicants shall provide the Board of Selectmen with evidence of the status of the farm as a dairy farm. Such evidence may include: the acreage of the farm; the nature of the barns, other structures and equipment on the farm; the number and types of livestock on the farm; the quantities of milk sold by the farm; the gross income of the farm derived from dairy-related activities and other types of activities; and evidence of a dairy farm or milk producing permit or dairy plant or milk dealer permit as provided for by Connecticut General Statutes §§ 22-172 and 22-173.
Editor's Note: Section 22-173 was repealed by P.A. 05-175.
Requests for abatement must be made on a yearly basis. The request for abatement of taxes on the Grand List of October 1991 must be made by June 1, 1992. Requests for abatement for the Grand List of October 1992 must be made by August 1, 1992.
Abatement shall be granted until the occurrence of the first of the following events:
The owner must notify the Board of Selectmen in writing at least 30 days before the sale of the farm or before its cessation as a dairy farm.
Editor's Note: The Board of Finance voted on 5-13-1992 to approve this resolution with the addition of the following wording: "that on the sale of the farmer outside of dairy farming, that the Town of Suffield recaptures the real estate taxes of the preceding 10 years (no matter who the owner was)."