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Bethel announced COVID tax deferral program

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Time: 9:08 AM


Town of Bethel Municipal Center

Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker announced that the town is offering a ninety day tax deferral for residents facing financial hardships due to the COVID crisis.

TOWN OF BETHEL WEBSITE

In recognition of the financial hardships brought on the by global COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Bethel is offering all qualified taxpayers the opportunity to delay payment of real estate, property and utility taxes, charges and assessments for 90 days.

The tax deferment program is open to all qualified residents, non-profits and businesses, including landlords. To qualify, taxpayers must attest that their income has decreased by at least 20% during the emergency period due to layoffs, furloughs, business closures or other factor related to COVID-19.

The deferment program is in effect from January 1,2021, the day the public health emergency was declared by Governor Lamont. This means tax bills due January 1, 2021 will each be eligible for the 90-day deferral

IMPORTANT ITEMS OF NOTE

1. You must file your application for bills due January 1, 2021 by February 1, 2021 even if you have not received your bill. Failure to apply by February 1,2021 or an incomplete application will result in failure to qualify for this tax deferment.

2. Any bill not paid by 90 days from the due date April 1, 2021 will be subject to interest of 1 ½% per month back to the original due date of January 1, 2021.

3. The Town of Bethel accepts partial payments on all accounts.

Visit the town of Bethel website for the complete details and application instructions.


COVID-19 economic downturn forces closure of popular Mill Plain Road restaurant

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Time: 10:51 AM


Ibiza Tapas resaurant (photo via Tripadvisor)

While businesses such as Barberie Grill recently opened it's doors in the city, the recent closure of the popular eatery Ibiza Tapas should serve as a freindly reminder of the negative impact COVID-19 is having on the food and service industry.

Danbury Patch
Ibiza Tapas, a fixture at 93 Mill Plain Road for the past decade, will shutter permanently on Wednesday, after nearly a year of declining revenues due to pandemic restrictions.

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"Our sales dropped at least 75 percent," said Arias, a native of Columbia. When the restaurant was allowed to reopen for outside dining, it simply did not have enough space to make it work. She said the establishment came close to making a comeback when coronavirus restraints were loosened, and she was allowed to fill her dining room up to 75 percent. The death knell sounded when the regulations were ratcheted back to 50 percent.

"Ibiza Tapas was never a place for takeout," Arias told Patch. Ambiance was a key component of the restaurant's success, she explained, and most of the dishes on the menu simply did not travel well enough to make a takeout business viable.

Please do what you can to support local restaurants in Danbury by visiting the "Dining Downtown" listing at the City Center Danbury website.

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