East Haven owed money from CT Big List, but may drop if costs declare too high, the official said

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The specific amount of funds available is not calculable as the list only states claims are either under or over $100 and does not state a set value.

According to calculations by the New Haven Register, a minimum of $1,700 is owed to the town itself and various town departments, such as the finance office, public works, town hall and both the police and fire department.

Highlights

  • If and when funds are claimed, they would go right into East Haven’s general fund, said Ray Baldwin, the town’s economic development director.

  • East Haven Mayor Joesph Carfora became aware of the list on social media but has not looked at it yet, he said during an interview Wednesday at Town Hall.

The town won’t know exactly how much money it could receive until it actually gets the money in hand, but most of the town’s outstanding funds are tax liens, which Baldwin said the town already monitors.

“You’re not going to balance your budget with these funds,” Baldwin said Tuesday.

Claiming funds should be getting easier, as the treasuer’s office announced Tuesday that changes to the database are coming.

The new system will allow the status of claims to be monitored online, raising the threshold for fast-track processing to $2,500 on July 1, begun the process to replace notarization with an online acknowledgement.

Carfora said paperwork filings and other associated fees may cost the town and could be a deterent from claiming the property. If it costs more to claim the money than what the town is owed, the town probably will not claim the funds, he said. The town is owed money primarily from insurance companies and utilities, with Hartford Insurance Company and Nationwide Life Insurance Company each owing the town more than $100 according to the database.

East Haven Public Works, identified by the address 461 N High St., is listed multiple times in the database. Southern Connecticut Gas and United Illuminating Company, now known as Avangrid, have at least four entries on the Big List, all for under $100. The Board of Education can claim under $100 from Guitar Center and Kelly Services, a company providing staffing services.

Joseph Melillo Middle School can claim over $100 from Coca Cola Refreshment. East Haven High School has at least three claims open with the company, two of which are for under $100. The East Haven High School office coffee account can claim under $100 from Office Depot or Office Max. The high school can also claim over $100, dating back from 2004, from a company called Aramark Uniform and Career Apparel.

christine.derosa@hearstmediact.com East Haven Police Department has 11 claims open, all for under $100. All of the claims are from multiple insurance companies, including Traveler’s Insurance, Allstate, Progressive Casualty Insurance, Nationwide Insurance and Zurich American Insurance Company, according to the database.

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