General Tax Information
- The Tax Office is responsible for collection of real estate, motor vehicle, and personal property taxes. We also collect sewer assessment and facility connection charges for the WPCA and register airplanes.
- The bills for real estate and personal property are split into two installments; the first is due July 1 and the second due January 1 of each year. Sewer assessments and connection charges are due September 1. Aircraft registration is due October 1.
- Tax bills are mailed out once per year in June and have two installment stubs on them. No bills are sent for the January installment.
- Motor Vehicle taxes are paid in one installment; regular motor vehicle bills are due July 1 and supplemental motor vehicle bills (for vehicles registered between October 2 and July 30) are due January 1.
- Interest on delinquent taxes accrues at the rate of 1.5% per month, starting at the original due date.
- Connecticut State Statutes 12-145 and 12-146 govern delinquent tax collection. Tax collectors do not have authority to waive interest for any reason.
- All delinquent motor vehicle bills must be paid by cash or certified bank check to obtain a DMV release for registration.
- Credit card payments are processed by Official Payments and can be made by clicking the Online Tax Payment link above. An additional fee applies. By state law, oldest bills must be paid first.
Tax Collection in Connecticut
- Municipal Tax Assessors and Tax Collectors are bound by the Connecticut General State Statutes. The statutes that apply to tax assessing and collecting can be found in Volume 4, Section 12 of the State Statutes.
- By state law, municipal property taxes are an ad valorum tax. This means that the taxes are based upon the value of the property. Currently, state statutes require Assessors to assess property at 70% of the market value. Real estate is assessed at 70% of the market value as of the last state-mandated town-wide revaluation.
- An important factor when determining your tax bill is the town budget. Each year, you have the opportunity to vote for the town budget- this includes the General Government budget, which pays for police, public works, the library, park and recreations, elderly services and municipal offices; the board of education budget, and the bonded debt budget, which covers large expenditures voted on and approved by townspeople. Once the budget is passed by the townspeople, the Board of Finance computes the mill rate.
- A mill rate represents 1/1000th of a dollar.
- It is important to remember that municipalities are run with transparency and accountability to its citizens. The tax office must treat every taxpayer fairly and equitably. Our offices are open to the public and our staff is available to answer any questions you may have about your tax bill.
- The citizens of this town have certain responsibilities as well. If you are a business owner in town, you must, by law, report your assets in a Personal Property Declaration each year so that they may be assessed properly. If you sell personal property or cancel motor vehicle registrations, it is your responsibility to notify the town in a timely manner.