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17.61 mills ($17.61 for each $1,000 of assessed value)
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Three types of property are assessed and subject to taxes: Real Estate, Motor Vehicle, and Personal Property. Any land or buildings you own are considered real estate. Registered motorized or unmotorized vehicles, including cars, trucks, trailers, and motorcycles, are considered motor vehicles for tax purposes. Personal property is a general category that includes business equipment, machinery, furniture, and fixtures either owned or leased by the business. Unregistered motor vehicles are also taxed as personal property.
The Grand Levy is the amount of revenue in the annual town budget, which must be raised by the property tax. The balance required is received from fees, state and federal assistance, and miscellaneous revenue. The Grand List is a listing of all taxable properties located within the Town of Darien on October 1 of the Grand List year. The property tax rate is expressed in mills or thousandths of a dollar. A tax rate (mill rate) of 17.61 mills is equivalent to $17.61 of taxes per $1,000 of assessed value. The tax rate is determined by dividing the Grand Levy by the Grand List.
Taxes must be paid within one month of the due date to avoid penalty interest. Delinquent taxes are subject to interest at the rate of 18% per year (1 1/2% per month, $2 minimum), or any part thereof, from the original due date of the tax. Delinquent Motor Vehicle taxes will prevent you from registering any motor vehicle and/or boat until the outstanding taxes are paid in full (CGS 14-33) and the registration hold is cleared by the Tax Collector's Office. For information on your tax bill please call the Collector directly at 203-656-7314.
The tax office sends out a "Delinquent Tax statement" after each installment as a reminder. In addition, before the end of each fiscal year, real estate liens are filed against all properties on which there is a delinquent real estate tax. At least fifteen days prior to the filing of these liens, a notice of intent to lien is sent to each delinquent taxpayer. If payment is not made, a lien is filed with the Town Clerk's office. There is a $24 charge to release each lien, regardless of the delinquent amount due. At the time of payment, all interest, taxes, and fees must be paid before the lien can be released.
No. Per State, Statute 12-146, a Tax Collector does not have the authority to waive interest due on a delinquent tax.
The taxpayer is responsible for notifying the Tax Collector's Office at 203-656-7314 that they are now responsible for paying the taxes directly and accordingly, any reminders or notices will be sent directly to the taxpayer rather than the escrowing bank. Failure to notify the Tax Collector's Office may result in missed notifications or interest and/or penalties that can not be waived as per CGS 12-146.
Please notify the Tax Collector's Office and provide an email that can be used to send tax bills and reminders. This information is best to be emailed to the tax collector directly.
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