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Why do I pay taxes to the South 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" South Fire, City Fire and Westfield 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 the South Fire or Westfield Districts you will receive a separate fire tax bill.
Mill Rates: Effective July 1, 2012 (for the 2011 Grand List)
How do I know if I live in the South Fire District?
Please click here to see a list of streets
which comprise the South Fire District.
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 your 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 remittance stub readily available. We also accept payment by credit card (see below).
Do you accept Credit Card Payments?
Yes; it is our goal to provide the District with efficient and convenient services, and we are pleased to announce the ability to pay your fire taxes by credit card, either on-line or by telephone, using any of the following cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA. The payment processing service, Official Payments Corporation, charges a nominal fee (based on the amount you owe) when paying by credit card. Click here for more information
What is the Benefit of Paying by Credit Card?
Avoid long lines at the Tax Office and pay your taxes in the comfort of your own home, or on the go. If you have back taxes and would like to put them on your credit card, please call us to find out the current balance due. Per State Statute, the interest rate on taxes is 18% per year. Since most credit cards offer an APR less than the 18%, you may want consider putting your taxes on your credit card.
When should I receive my tax bill?
Tax bills are always mailed out at the end of June for 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. (See example.)
Assessment x Mill Rate = Tax Bill Example: $160,000 X .003381 = 540.96
Any questions on your property assessment should be directed to the Middletown Tax Assessor's Office (860-344-3454).
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 and they are sent to you as well. 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 a 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 a vehicle, it is your responsibility to notify the Middletown Tax Assessor's office (860-344-3459); 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 (860-344-3459).
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 collectable 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.