Tax Collector

Contact: Debbie Onderko
Location: City Hall 54 Hill St. 1st Floor
Telephone: 203-924-1555 EXT. 13
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5:30 PM

Address to Mail Payments to:
City of Shelton Tax Collector
P.O. Box 273
Shelton, CT 06484


About Tax Department

This is a customer service oriented office. Our goal is to make the task of paying your taxes as pleasant and painless as possible. Please contact us if you are having a problem concerning your taxes. We will be happy to help in any way we can.

The tax collector's office and the assessor's office are two separate offices.

We collect real estate, motor vehicle, & personal property taxes, sewer use fees, & water main & sewer assessments. Please see the individual heading for an explanation of each type of tax below.

Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00-5:30. The computers come down at 5:15 for the daily back up, so if you are coming in to the office between 5:15 and 5:30 you should call ahead and we will have your paperwork ready. 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. Don't forget to leave the phone number where you can be reached.

The regulations we follow are the Connecticut State Statutes. They dictate due dates of taxes, late dates, interest rates, etc. The City of Shelton cannot override or make any decisions contrary to these laws.

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

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.

Motor vehicle and lien releases are issued two weeks after receipt of a personal or business check.

If a release is needed at time of payment , the payment must be in cash, money order, or debit card. Charge cards are not acceptable forms of payment at this time.

We cannot accept payments over the phone.


Type of Tax

Grand list is always October 1 each year. Our rate books are made based on this information. The bills are due the July 1 following the Grand List date. The last day to pay a bill due July 1 is the first business day of August. If there is a second installment due or in the case of the Motor Vehicle Supplement the due date is January 1. The last day to pay a bill due January 1 is the first business day of February. Business days or office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 to 5:30.

Personal Property

Assessed as of October 1. If the business is sold prior to Oct. 1 , the taxpayer must provide proof to the assessor and they will be removed from the list. If the business is sold after Oct. 1 , the entire bill is due from the record owner (owner as of Oct. 1). The bill is due in full in July if it is $5000.00 or less. Bills over $5000.00 are due first half in July and the second half in January. Personal property bills must be paid on time or liens are immediately filed with the State of Connecticut. If the July half is late, the second half, normally not due until January, is due immediately. Liens are not released until full payment is received. There is a two week wait after the payment date to make sure the check has cleared.

Real Estate

Assessed as of Oct. 1. Payments are due July 1 on bills of $100.00 or less. The time period covered by the payment is July 1 through the following June 30. Bills over $100.00 are due first half in July and the second half in January. Each installment pays for the following six months. For example: if the property is sold in October the seller owes from July 1 to the sale date and the buyer owes from the sale date through December plus the full amount due January 1. We do not get involved in adjusting taxes; this is all done through the closing attorneys. Current owner is the person responsible for payment. Any taxpayers with taxes still due on real estate by the last business day in April are liened. Liens will affect your credit rating.

Motor Vehicle

Assessed as of Oct. 1 , due in full July 1. The time period covered is Oct. 1 through August 31. If the vehicle is not owned for the entire time period a credit may be issued. Proof must be provided to the assessor's office. See Motor Vehicle Highlights. If the plate from the vehicle is put on another vehicle the credit will automatically be issued against the newer vehicle. The newer vehicle will fall under the motor vehicle supplement list.

Motor Vehicle Supplement

Assessed according to the month of registration for the time period of Oct. 2 through July 31. There is a schedule of the percentage of pro-ration based on the month of registration. If the vehicle is not owned for the entire time period a credit may be issued. Proof must be provided to the assessor. Motor vehicle supplement bills are due in full in January 1 See Motor Vehicle Highlights.

Sewer Use

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. Taxpayers with a use fee still due by the last business day in April are liened. Liens will affect your credit rating.

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.

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.


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