State Budget Delays Sending Car Tax Bills

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When you receive your property tax bill in the next few days, do not be surprised to see your car tax bill not be included.

The State of Connecticut’s budget is not finalized. Therefore, Mayor Erin Stewart said that the annual motor vehicle bills that are usually due in July will not be part of the City’s regular tax bill mailing scheduled to go out this week.

Those who receive property tax bills will get a notice alerting them to the delay, but those who do not get property bills will not get a notice.

“We are very concerned that people are not paying attention to this. We need people to spread the word,” said Mayor Stewart. “It would be irresponsible to send a bill to residents that could potentially have the wrong numbers on it. Until we have set numbers from the State, we will hold those bills.”

Once the budget is finalized and a motor vehicle tax rate is set, these annual bills will be mailed and residents will have 30 days to pay (without interest) based on the mail date.

The current motor vehicle cap is set at 37 mills, but it may be lifted to go higher. The State may raise the cap so it can give less money to municipalities.

“If you do come to City Hall to pay your property tax bill, you cannot pay anything on your car,” said Mayor Stewart. “We won’t accept payments on motor vehicle taxes.”

Residents will pay 50.50 mills on their property tax as there was no raise in the mill rate this year.

To calculate property tax, multiply the assessed value of the property by the mill rate and then divide by 1,000. For example, a property with an assessed value of $50,000 located in a municipality with a mill rate of 20 mills would have a property tax bill of $1,000 per year.

This year, you need to pay property tax by or on Aug. 1 to avoid a late penalty.

Payment options remain the same as residents can pay by cash, check, money order (at counter), credit/debit or Echeck (online or over the phone), 24/7 pay ability online @ tax.newbritainct.gov. Only 95 cents if paying be Echeck, 2.95 percent of bill if by credit/debit. There is a drop box in front of City Hall.

People can pay in the tax office at City Hall. Regular office hours are 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and late night at 6:45 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month or residents can mail in payment.

Pay by phone is now available along with ability to pay on line at www.new-britain.net/liv_taxcoll.html.

July is normally the busiest time at the tax office, so be prepared to wait, Taxes can be paid on Aug. 1 as well and that day is not normally too busy.

The July bill has two stubs for real estate with the second part is due in January.

Taxes should be mailed to the tax collector’s office, 27 West Main St. Room 204. If you want a receipt, send a self addressed stamped envelope.

If you have not received your property tax bill by the end of next week, notify the city. Not receiving a bill does not mean you do not owe it. Failure to pay your taxes will result in a one and one-half percent interest penalty per month.

Unpaid taxes, both Personal Property and Real Estate, are liened and recorded, and will be released after payment has been received.

On an annual basis prior to July, bank requests for escrow account bills on real estate must be forwarded to the banks for payment. Daily deposits of funds collected are made by the Tax Collector.

If you have questions regarding your assessments, please refer to the Assessor’s Office. The Tax Department is unable to access this information. In addition, please refer to the City website for more information regarding the City of New Britain Ordinances, General Tax Information and CT Statutes that impact tax collection.

Anyone with questions regarding these bills may contact the Tax Collector’s Office at 860-826-3317.

 

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