Letter: Tax collector reaches out to residents

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To the editor,

January to Feb. 3 was the time to make your second installment on your real estate and personal property taxes. Supplemental vehicle taxes were sent out in January and due by Feb. 3.
Delinquent tax statements have been mailed as a reminder to those who have not made payment at this time. Per Connecticut State Statues interest must be charged from the beginning of each month until the tax amount has been satisfied.

Delinquent motor vehicle tax bill information is sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and delinquent taxpayers may not be able to register their vehicle until all back taxes are paid. The 2014 grand list tax bills will arrive at your home the beginning of July. Please notify the assessor or tax office with any vehicle/address changes to insure that your information/tax amount will be accurate.

Many of us struggle at times to fulfill our tax obligations; therefore, I have set up personalized monthly payment plans to assist you at this time. Once a delinquent tax bill is given to the judicial marshal for collection, additional charges are added on. This can become quite costly to you the tax payer.

Tax office morning hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Afternoon hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Thursday till 6:30 p.m. and Friday till 2:30 p.m. You may also drop your payment (checks only) in our lock box located by the tax collector’s office door.

Since taking office I have collected approximately $1,785,000 in back taxes owed between the grand list years 2002-2013, with approximately $100,000 of that amount coming from land auctions. April 2, 2015 another land auction will be held and when that property is sold, the town will reap approximately $155,000 additional back taxes. Last year I changed the way bills are being mailed which has not only been a more convenient method, but has proven to be very cost effective as well.

Any concerns, questions please do not hesitate to call. We are here to serve you.

Mary Anne Holloway

Tax Collector

Beacon Falls