Office of the Tax Collector

Lisa A. Theroux, CCMC Tax Collector
Ann Walsh, CCMC Assistant Tax Collector
Traci Guild, CCMC Assistant Tax Collector
Marianne Chaya, CCMC Clerk

2015 – 2016 Mill Rate 22.31
Contact Information:
Location: City Hall 54 Hill St. 1st Floor
Mailing Address: PO Box 273, Shelton, CT 06484
Telephone: 203-924-1555 EXT. 1501
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5:30 PM
Fax: 203-924-5843

Tax and Sewer Bill Payments can be:Mailed to

City of Shelton Tax Collector, PO Box 273, Shelton, CT  06484-0273

  • Paid at the following Shelton area banks during July and January(you MUST have your bill to pay at a bank):
  • TD Bank located at 828 Bridgeport Ave.
  • Naugatuck Valley Bank located at 504 Bridgeport Ave.
  • Webster Bank – three locations in Shelton, 502 Howe Ave. – 506 Shelton Ave. – 375 Bridgeport Ave.
  • Wells Fargo Bank located at 320 Coram Ave.
  • Paid in person at the Tax Collector’s Office between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm

 


The tax office is responsible for the billing and collection of over 62,000 real estate, motor vehicle and personal property taxes, sewer use fees, & water main & sewer assessment bills along with delinquent taxes, interest and fees. Please see below for an explanation of each type of tax.

A consistently high collection rate is key to fiscal stability for the City and is the number one priority of the Tax Office.  Balancing the need to maintain a high rate of collection with the sensitivity necessary to deal with individual taxpayer issues is an integral function of the department.  We continue to strive to provide the public with prompt, courteous and professional service when paying your taxes to make it as educational and customer friendly as possible.  The City of Shelton adheres to Connecticut State Statutes and the City of Shelton ordinances. Personnel in the City cannot make any decisions contrary to these laws.

State Aid Sec. 12-130

Per CT State Statutes Sec. 12-130 the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget for the City of Shelton estimates that $7,254,639 will be received from the State of Connecticut for various state financed programs. Without this assistance, the mill rate for the fiscal year 2015-2016 would be 23.90 mills. 

The Board of Aldermen met on May 28, 2015 and set the mill rate for the fiscal year, 2015 – 2016, at 22.31 mills. Bills will be mailed out by the end of June.  This mill rate will be in effect through June 30, 2016. If you do not receive your bill by July 6th, please call the tax office at 203-924-1555 Ext. 1501 and we will look into it.

Tax Due Dates:
Real Estate: July 1st and January 1st.  You have up to, and including, August 3rd and February 1st to pay without penalty (if your bill is under $100, it is due in one installment in July).   Real estate taxes are paid
on any land or buildings you own.

Personal Property: Bills under $5,000 are due in one installment, July 1st and you have up to, and including, August 3rd to pay without a penalty.  Bills over $5,000 are due in two installments, July 1st and January 1st.  You have up to, and including, August 3rd and February 1st respectively to pay without penalty. Personal Property is a very general category made up of machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures, either owned or leased by business and industry. Most residential taxpayers are not subject to Personal Property tax.

Motor Vehicle: July 1st and you have up to and including August 3rd to pay without a penalty.  Registered motorized or non-motorized vehicles (such as cars, trucks, motorcycles and trailers) are considered Motor Vehicles for tax purposes.

Motor Vehicle Supplement: January 1st you have up to and including February 1st to pay without penalty. Motorized or non-motorized vehicles that were registered after October 1st and before August 30th.  The bills for these cars are due January 1, 2016 and you have up to, and including, February 1. 2016 to pay without a penalty.

Currently the interest rate charged on delinquent tax payments is 18% per year or a minimum of $2.00. This rate is charged from the due date i.e. July 1st and January 1st, not from the date that the grace period ends (August 1st and February 1st). The interest must be computed on each individual tax and not the total should you be paying more than one bill at a time.

Sewer Use Fees:
This is a user fee and is charged to any parcel of real estate that is connected to the City's sewer system. If you use a septic system you should not be paying sewer use. Sewer use is due every July 1. The time period covered is July 1 through June 30. The due date to pay is July 1st, and you have up to, and including, August 3rd 2015 to pay without a penalty.

Water Main Assessments
Water main assessment bills are charged by the Engineering Department, but are collected through this office. If there has been construction of a water line near your property you will have a water main assessment bill. The due dates for water main assessments vary by construction project. Water main assessments paid in full within the initial grace period are not subject to interest or liens. Water main assessments may be paid in yearly installments, usually over ten years. The installment payments are subject to interest and a lien is filed against the property even though the installment payments are current. This is basically like a loan payment plan. The entire principal is in arrears. The water main assessment is due in full even if you do not hook into the water main, but continue to use your well.

Sewer Assessments
Sewer assessment bills are charged by the Water Pollution Control Authority, but are collected through this office. If there has been construction of a sewer line near your property you will have a sewer assessment bill. The due dates for sewer assessments vary by construction project. Sewer assessments paid in full within the initial grace period are not subject to interest or liens. Sewer assessments may be paid in yearly installments, usually over ten years. The installment payments are subject to interest and a lien is filed against the property even though the installment payments are current. This is basically like a loan payment plan. The entire principal is in arrears. The sewer assessment is due in full even if you do not hook into the sewer system, but continue to use your septic system.

Sewer Use Fees, Water Main and Sewer Assessments are subject to the 18% per year or a minimum of $5.00 for each installment should they be delinquent. This is in addition to the bond interest rate.

Real Estate Frequently Asked Questions:

I have a mortgage company pay my real estate taxes, why did I receive my real estate bill?
Each mortgage lender requests the tax bills they are interested in paying each year. This would indicate that we did not get a request from your bank for your bill. Please contact your mortgage holder and get the exact address (and possibly the person’s name) you should send your bill to and forward it to them for payment.

Will I receive a bill for my January installment?
Yes, these bills will be mailed in December.

Can I pay my taxes on-line?

No, we do not have this capability at this time.

Motor Vehicle Frequently Asked Questions:

What period of time am I paying taxes on my motor vehicle(s)?
Motor vehicle bills issued in July are for the time period of the previous October 1st through September 30th of the billing year. 

I received a bill for a motor vehicle that has been sold, should I pay it?
If you took the license plate from this car and transferred it to another car - yes, pay this bill and you will receive a Supplemental Motor Vehicle Bill in January for the new car showing a credit for the taxes paid on the replaced car for the period that you did not own it.

If you canceled the registration and returned the license plate to the DMV - send the assessor's office a copy of the plate receipt that you received from DMV and documentation showing what you did with the car and the bill may be adjusted if the transaction happened prior to August 31st

I owe delinquent motor vehicle taxes, how can I clear this up?

If you DO NOT need to register or renew a registration currently, please call the office for an up-to-date payoff amount at 203-924-1555 Ext 1501. You will be able to send a personal check in for your taxes due.

If you DO need to register or renew a registration currently, you can call the office or come in to get an up-to-date amount owed.  You will be required to pay your taxes in full using cash, money order or debit card because you will need a motor vehicle release.  If you would like to take care of this through the mail, please send your bill(s) / money order or bank check / self-addressed stamped envelope / and a note asking for a motor vehicle release to be sent back to you. If it is necessary to pay the bill(s) with a personal check, we will wait 10 business days before we send you a motor vehicle release

I moved to another Town, should I pay the City of Shelton?

If you lived in Shelton on October 1st, you owe the tax to Shelton. If you moved before October 1st and changed your information at the motor vehicle department you must produce proof of your new residency to the assessor. If you are renting - a copy of your lease with the date the lease begins or a copy of a utility bill, or a copy of a phone bill dated prior to October 1st. Please send your proof to: City of Shelton Assessor's Office, 54 Hill Street, Shelton, CT  06484.

I moved out of state, do I really owe these taxes?
To possibly get an adjustment to this bill, please send the Assessor's office a copy of the
registration(s) in your current state for each vehicle. If you registered in the new state after October 1st, there will be an amount remaining to pay. After the assessor makes any necessary changes we will send an adjusted bill out to you.

I need an adjustment made to my bill, will the time period to pay be extended?
No, you have 30 days to pay all bills from the due date. This should allow you enough time to get the necessary documents into the assessor and be notified of any changes made to the amount(s) due. 

What is a supplemental Motor Vehicle Bill?
These bills are for vehicles that were registered at the motor vehicle department after October 1st but before August 1st of the following year. (Presently between October 2, 2014 and August 1, 2015). Supplemental Motor Vehicle bills are sent out at the end of December and come due January 1st. 

What period of time does my Motor Vehicle Supplemental Bill cover?
This bill represents the time period from the time you registered with the DMV to September 30th. 

I never got a bill, why do I need to pay interest?
Maybe you did not update your address with the DMV or it was never changed at the post office. The law states, G.S. Section 12-130, "failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax."

Can I pay my taxes on-line or over the phone?

No, we do not have this capability at this time.

Personal Property Frequently Asked Questions

 When are personal property taxes due?

Bills under $5,000 are due in one installment, July 1st and you have up to, and including, August 3rd to pay without a penalty.  Bills over $5,000 are due in two installments, July 1st and January 1st.  You have up to, and including, August 3rd and February 1st respectively to pay without penalty.

 

July 1st and January 1st. If your bill for the year is under $100, it is due in full in July.

The business closed after October 1st, do I need to pay this bill?
Yes, Personal Property bills are not pro-rated. This entire bill is due and payable.

Can I pay my personal property taxes online or over the phone?
No, we do not have this capability at this time. 

Sewer Use Frequently Asked Questions:

What time period does the Sewer Use bill cover?
The bill that comes due in July is for that July 1st through the following June 30th. 

Who sets the fees for Sewer charges and assessments?
The Water Pollution Control Authority sets the charges to be applied each year. The amount set for the July 1, 2015 billing is $198.00 per unit.  This bill covers the time period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

When do Sewer Use Bills come due?
July 1, 2015 and you have up to, and including, August 3, 2015 to pay without a penalty.

Can I pay my sewer use fees on-line or over the phone?
No, we do not have this capability at this time.

General Questions

If I mail my payment, when is the latest I can send it without being considered delinquent?

The status of all mailed payments is determined by the post mark on the envelope. If a payment is post marked within the date allowed for timely payment, it is not considered delinquent. If a payment bears a private postal meter stamp and is subsequently over-stamped by the U.S. Postal Service with a later post marked date, the U.S.P.S. post mark is considered the date mailed. If an envelope bears no post mark date, it must be received no later than the deadline date to be considered timely. All mail post marked after the deadline date is considered delinquent and interest is charged from the original due date through and including the month of the postmark. A partial month is considered a full month for interest calculations.

What happens if a payment or check is returned unpaid by my bank?

All City offices charge a return check fee of $20.00 for unpaid items. This fee, in part, covers the bank charge the City is assessed and also the additional administrative cost of reversing the payment and notifying the payee. Unless restitution is made prior to a bill being considered delinquent, statutory interest is charged, just as with any other late payment.

Yes, click here to pay with your credit card or debit card. There will be a convenience fee assessed for this service. You will be asked to accept the fee prior to the transaction being processed.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not close for lunch, but between the hours of 12:00 and 2:00 we are shorter staffed to accommodate lunch breaks. Also on Monday and Friday we work with a reduced work force. Your wait at these times may be a little longer. If you call the office and get the voice mail it is because all employees are busy and cannot get to the phone. Please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as we can.


Tax Collection Enforcement

Real Estate Taxes

 

Tax collector liens are filed at the end of May for all accounts with a tax balance due. Liens will remain in force until all taxes, penalty interest and fees are paid in full.

Tax collector liens are subject to foreclosure or sale/assignment to a third party for collection.

Motor Vehicle Taxes 

Per state statute, delinquent motor vehicle taxes are reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles, which will deny registration renewal on all vehicles in your name until all taxes, interest and penalties are paid in full. To obtain immediate clearance payment must be in cash, money order or bank check. There is a 10 day waiting period if paid by personal check.

Personal Property Taxes

Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.) liens are filed against all personal Property on which there are unpaid taxes. In addition, the Tax Office uses the services of state marshals and constables to serve and collect Alias Tax Warrants issued for personal property taxes.

Sewer Use and Assessments  

Liens are enforced in the same manner as real estate taxes

 


 

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