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Sales Tax Free Week & Capitol Update

Posted on August 14, 2020 by admin


Dear Friends & Neighbors,

I am writing with a brief reminder about Connecticut’s annual sales tax free week, and information about an upcoming PURA hearing regarding Eversource rate hikes. I hope you and your family continue to stay healthy and have a pleasant weekend.

Sales Tax Free Week

With our normal routines disrupted by the virus, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 16th through Saturday, August 22nd.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

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PURA Hearing on Eversource Rate Hikes

Recently, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) temporarily suspended Eversource’s recent rate increase while it conducts a full review, the purpose of which is to ensure that Eversource is not over-collecting revenues in the short term at the expense of ratepayers.

PURA has scheduled a formal hearing process for Monday, August 24, at 10:00 a.m. in which Eversource will respond to questions posed by PURA and other formal parties to the PURA process.

Ramp Closures for Paving Operations on I-395

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is announcing scheduled ramp closures in Montville and Norwich to facilitate paving activities on I-395.

The project consists of resetting catch basin tops, surface patching, crack sealing, installation of ultra-thin bonded PMA (asphalt) and new pavement markings on I-395 from exit 5 to exit 18.

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In the News: Long-Delayed FEMA Reimbursement for East Lyme

EAST LYME — Nearly eight years after Hurricane Sandy and nine years after Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on the Connecticut shoreline, East Lyme finally received a combined $1.73 million reimbursement check from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Those two hurricanes encompassed a lot of my time in the town of East Lyme and my tenure as first selectman,” said State Sen. Paul Formica, R-East Lyme. “I pushed FEMA very hard along with now-Representative Holly Cheeseman to qualify and now it’s finally paid off.”

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