Tax Collector: Jean M. Newman
Treasurer/Tax Clerk: Cynthia Augeri
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Tax Office Information - 2017/2018
Why do I pay taxes to the Westfield Fire District, when I already paid the city?
Everyone who lives in the City of Middletown pays two separate taxes, a city tax and a fire tax. The town is divided into 3 Fire Districts, Westfield Fire, South Fire and City Fire. If you live in the Central (city) District your fire tax is inclusive with your city tax on one bill. However, if you live in Westfield Fire or South Fire Districts you will receive a separate fire tax bill.
Mill Rates: Effective July 1, 2017 (for the 2016 Grand List)
City Tax: 33.9
City Fire: 8.5
South Fire: 4.781
Westfield Fire: 1.550
What is the best way to pay my tax bill?
Send your payment through the US Post Office. Include your check, money order, or cashiers check along with your payment stub identifying what tax bills you are paying. If you would like a receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and we will be happy to send you one. If you choose to pay in person, please have your payment and complete bill readily available.
Do you accept Credit Card payments?
Yes, online only, not in the tax office. Payments may be made through Official Payments (www.officialpayments.com). Choose “Local Payments”, enter jurisdiction code 1798. Follow directions on website. Acceptable forms of payment include Discover, Mastercard, Visa, or Electronic Check. If motor vehicle clearance is needed, recommended payment is cash for overnight clearance, credit cards/checks will not clear for 10 days.
When should I receive my tax bill?
Tax bills are always mailed out at the end of June of any given year. Supplemental bills are mailed out at the end of December. Exceptions might be in the event of failed budget votes, which may cause a delay in billing.
When are taxes due?
Real Estate, Personal Property, Motor Vehicle, and Supplemental taxes are all due in one installment. All bills not paid on or before the first business day of the month following the due date are subject to interest at the rate of 1.5% per month (18% per year) from the due date. There will be a minimum interest charge of $2.00 per bill. We apply payments to the oldest outstanding bill first, and interest must be paid before principle.
What if I did not receive a tax bill?
State statute 12-130 states, failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax. If a bill is not paid within the given grace period, interest cannot be waived. If you believe you should have a bill, but have not received one, please contact the tax office. Additionally, you may not have received a bill because the assessment on your property might not have been great enough to produce a tax. We do not bill under $2.00.
How are taxes computed?
Taxes are computed by multiplying the net assessment (70% of the fair market value) of your property as of October 1 by the current mill rate.
Assessment x Mill Rate = Tax Bill
Example: $160,000 x .00155 = $248.00
Any questions on your property assessment should be directed to the Middletown Tax Assessor’s Office at 860-638-4930.
What if I no longer own the real estate?
Please notify us immediately if you receive a bill for property that has been transferred to another owner.
What if I escrow my taxes?
If you escrow for taxes, please verify with your bank that they plan to pay your Fire Tax. Most banks and mortgage companies do escrow for Fire Taxes, however not all of them do. Either way, please follow up with your bank or mortgage company. We send your bank / mortgage company your taxes if your bank /mortgage company request your taxes, if not requested they are sent to you. If you no longer escrow, and do not receive a bill, please call us immediately.
New Construction Completed
If a new home was completed on a piece of property and you already paid on the Real Estate bill, you will most likely see another bill, reflective of your Certificate of Occupancy.
The uniform assessment date is October 1, and any motor vehicle registered on this date will be part of the October 1st Grand List. The bill covers from October 1 through September 30. All information related to motor vehicle taxes are based on how a vehicle is registered as of October 1. If you moved prior to October 1, and did not change the address on your motor vehicle registration, your bill will be mailed to the address on the registration that DMV had as of October 1. Changing your address on your driver’s license does not change the address on your registration. In order to cancel a registration you must notify the DMV either in writing or by turning in your plate(s) to DMV. If you no longer own of vehicle, it is your responsibility to notify the Middletown Tax Assessor’s office (860-638-4930); the DMV does not notify the Assessor.
Unpaid Motor Vehicle / Supplement Taxes
If you have delinquent motor vehicle fire taxes, your name has been reported to the DMV, and this will prevent you from registering your vehicles. In order to receive an immediate clearance to register your vehicle, you must pay all of your unpaid motor vehicle fire taxes with cash, bank check, or money order.
Supplemental Motor Vehicle Taxes
This tax is on vehicles newly registered after October 1 but before July 31. Supplemental taxes are prorated from the month in which the vehicle was first registered. If you transferred the plates from a vehicle that you paid taxes on in July, you will receive a credit on the Supplemental bill for the portion of time that you did not own your old vehicle.
What if I no longer own a vehicle or have moved?
If you no longer own a vehicle, did not transfer a plate to a new vehicle, or moved, you may be entitled to a tax credit. You must provide the Middletown Tax Assessor with necessary information (860-638-4930).
Personal Property is based upon the contents of your business, such as furniture, fixtures, and equipment; additionally, it may also include unregistered motor vehicles. Personal Property is assessed for the October 1 Grand List. Personal Property taxes are not pro-rated if a business closes or is sold.
All municipal taxes are collectible for 15 years from the original due date. Interest will accrue for the full period of time that a tax is delinquent and will not be waived. Unpaid balances remain on the computer system for 15 years. Delinquent real estate may be sent to a Collection Attorney and will be subject to their collection fees and court fees.
On February 7, 2012, the Westfield Fire Commission approved that over-payments of less than $5.00 will be retained by the District. Any refunds issued must be claimed within 3 years of when the tax was originally due via a refund application.
The following fees were approved by the Westfield Fire Commission, effective January 1, 2016:
Returned Check Fee
Administrative Fee (to register/renew Registration for DMV)
ANRG (Collection Agency
Notary (Upon Appointment)
Collection Attorney (payable by delinquent taxpayer directly to attorney)
$3.00 per vehicle
15% of Bill
As deemed by Attorney
Important Phone Numbers/Address
Westfield Fire District Tax Office 860-632-0377 653 East Street Middletown, CT 06457
Westfield Fire District Tax Office Fax 860-635-0375
Middletown Tax Office 860-638-4900 245 DeKoven Dr Middletown, CT 06457
Middletown Tax Office Fax 860-638-1900
Middletown Tax Assessor 860-638-4930 245 DeKoven Dr Middletown, CT 06457
Middletown Tax Assessor Fax 860-638-1935
South Fire District Tax Office 860-343-8011 445 Randolph Rd Middletown, CT 06457
South Fire District Tax Office Fax 860-346-6787