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FY 24/25 Revised Budget Information


3/13/2020 - 03/13/2020


Dear Friends,

The past few days have brought unprecedented changes to our state, our country and our town in anticipation of COVID-19. For several weeks, we have heard about hand-washing and self-quarantine procedures. This week, our president and governor have added social distancing to the list of measures aimed at reducing the spread  of the virus. The Town of Canton has a part in this as well.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the Town of Canton will be cancelling or postponing all events and programs not consistent with the principals of social distancing. This includes school, sporting, theater and most Senior Center and Parks & Recreation events. Both the Senior Center and Library will be closed to the public. This does not mean that the Town of Canton has shut down. All other Town offices will remain open. We do ask that, if possible, you conduct your business via email or telephone. Also there is significant information on the Town website, including the ability to apply for permits and download certain forms.  If you have a question about which events have been postponed or cancelled, please consult the calendars on the town website.

No doubt this represents a hardship for all of us. However I can assure you that these measures represent far less hardship than the loss of a loved one to COVID-19.  We all want to keep our fellow citizens safe, and social distancing is a critical part of that effort. 

Please also note that this is a fast-moving situation, and we may need to modify these measures in response to new information and procedures. Please pay attention to the notifications coming your way. We are committed to giving you the most up-to-date information at all times, and most of all to keeping you safe by reducing exposure to COVID-19.

Robert Bessel
First Selectman
Town of Canton, CT




Kevin Witkos
First Selectman
Phone: (860) 693-7847

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4 Market Street
Collinsville, CT 06022