Tonight before the pubic, the will meet to discuss Branford resident Wayne Cooke's ongoing . The meeting takes place at the at 6 p.m.
During the Board of Selectman meeting in early March, Cooke presented a letter to the BOS, dated Feb. 7, 2012 stating his status for 616 E. Main Street and 573 East Main St., had not been accepted as farmland for 2011.
Cooke's letter states:
"It has been over four months since the requirements of our tax settlement with the Board of Selectman have been fulfilled for 573 East Main Street and our farm status has not been restored. Despite having all the paperwork submitted well before the agreed upon June 1, 2011 deadline, the Assessor's Office waited until one working day before the October 31, 2011 CT 490 application deadline – five months – to express any concerns and even today, continues to disingenuously demand the exact same forms it has received multiple times and requires information that was not part of our agreement with your board."
"We have attempted to cooperate with both you and your client throughout this process. When will your client cooperate and provide the Branford Assessor with the outstanding paperwork, which is required of every other farmer seeking a farmland classification in the town of Branford? This is a two-way street and not a dead-end road. Please cooperate."
The letter goes on to detail that Cooke is missing a map of 573 E. Main St., correct M-29 for 573 for 2011, M-28 farm exemption form for 2011 for 573 E. Main St., and Reg-8 for 573 and 616 for 2011.
However, the did notify Cooke in forms mailed and dated Feb. 3, 2012, of a change in the grand list from 2010 to 2011 for both properties. 616 E. Main St., grand list amount went from $1,418,230 in 2010 to $543,000 in 2011; 573 E. Main St., went from $2,068,300 in 2010 to $7,400 in 2011. These forms were retuned to on Feb. 13, 2012 after being deemed undeliverable to the address: New Associates, 616 E. Main St., Branford CT 06405.
See full letters above attached to this story as a PDF.
Will tonight bring final closure to the farm tax status issue for Cooke?