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State Cuts Funds; Tax Bills Sent

As house and car tax bills were mailed out Thursday, word came in that no supplemental tax bills would need to be sent to residents this year.

Mayor Timothy Stewart said earlier in the week that if Gov. Dannel Malloy and the legislation voted to not give as much funds to municipalities as originally proposed, it could have meant residents may have been sent a supplemental tax bill or that more cuts in City services would occur.

But, on Wednesday Stewart said, fortunately that will not happen. According to Stewart, New Britain will get $471,000 less in funds from the state. Most of that will come from PILOT Programs and town aid for road repairs and will not severely affect the New Britain budget.

“You cannot be billed again unless the Council approves a supplemental tax bill to every taxpayer in the city. It was done once before by Mayor Pac in the 70’s because of the change in fiscal year from January to July. The likelihood of municipal aid being cut are good because of the unions rejection of the concession package,” said Mayor Timothy Stewart. “His administration did not articulate the details of the package to the employees efficiently enough which resulted in the rejections by 4 of the bargaining units. Additional cuts to aid will translate to more cuts in city services, translating to more layoffs.”

According to Cheryl Blogoslawski, tax collector, taxes are based on the Oct. 1, 2010 grand list and are due by Aug. 1 without penalty.

“The mill rate did not change so they will be at 36.63 mills,” said Blogoslawski.

If you have not received your 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 from the July 1, 2011 due date.

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.

Taxes can also be paid in person. Office hours are 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday– Fridays and until 6:45 p.m. every Thursday during July. You can also pay online by credit card with an additional fee at www.new-britain.net/liv_taxcoll.html.

For more information call 860-826-3317.