THE MILL RATE FOR THE 2016-17 BUDGET HAS BEEN SET TO 27.73
What is a Mill Rate and how does it affect me?
The Mill Rate is the Tax Rate the town uses to determine your annual taxes. In April/May of each year, the taxpayers vote on the Annual Budget. If passed, the Board of Finance will then set the mill rate. The Tax Rate is expressed in mills, or thousandths of a dollar. A 27.73 Mill Rate means you will pay $27.73 in tax per $1,000 of net assessed value. The mill rate of last fiscal year was 27.34.
What am I being Taxed on?
You will be taxed on Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicles.
Real Estate – All real property listed on the Grand List.
Personal Property –In the most general terms, personal property is everything subject to ownership, excluding land, any interest in land or any permanent improvement thereon. It is property that is not permanently affixed to or part of real estate. By its very nature then, personal property is moveable. This broad definition includes tangible items such as airplanes, boats, campers, unregistered vehicles, furniture, fixtures, equipment, and animals.
Registered Motor Vehicles – Vehicles listed with the Department of Motor Vehicles are coded by tax town, and the Assessor is provided a list of registered vehicles annually. Willington’s Town Code is 160.
How is the Assessment of My Property Determined?
State law requires that all property subject to local taxation be assessed at 70% of fair market value. Real Estate assessments represent 70% of your property’s fair market value as of October 1, 2013, the date of the last completed revaluation.
What is the Grand List?
The Grand List is a listing of all taxable properties, by assessment value, located within the town on October 1st of the Grand List year. The upcoming tax bills are based upon the 2015 Grand List, or all taxable property in the town as of October 1, 2015.
What is Revaluation?
The primary purpose of a revaluation is to eliminate any assessment inequities that may have developed since the implementation of a previous revaluation. This is accomplished by updating the assessments of real property to reflect their fair market values as of October first of the revaluation year. Upon the implementation of a revaluation, there is a balancing of a town’s real property tax burden among its taxpayers. State statute requires that all real property be revalued once every five years. The primary purpose of a revaluation is to provide the Town and its taxpayers with a fair and equitable distribution of the tax burden.
What if I Disagree With my Property Assessment?
You may file an application with the Board of Assessment Appeals, which meets annually in March to hear appeals. They also meet in September to hear only motor vehicle assessment appeals.
What if I Receive a Tax Bill for a Motor Vehicle I No Longer Own?
The motor vehicle bill you receive in July 2016 is based upon registration of that vehicle effective October 1, 2015. With the proper proof, your motor vehicle bill may be deleted if the motor vehicle was disposed of prior to October 1, 2015 or pro-rated if disposed of between October 2, 2015 and August 31, 2016. “Disposed of” includes sold, destroyed or registered out of state and not replaced with another vehicle using the same license plate. You need to submit proof to the Assessor’s Office as soon as possible to ensure credit prior to the penalty period.
In order to obtain a correction or pro-ration toward any motor vehicle assessment, you must submit two forms of proof to verify the property is no longer located in Willington under your ownership. In accordance with §12-71c(b), application for credit must be made by the December 31st two (2) years after the assessment date in which the credit situation occurred.
- Receipt from the Department of Motor Vehicles for the return of plates or indicating that a lost or stolen plate form was filed. Print outs from self cancellation are accepted
- One of the following in addition to #1 above:
- A copy of the Bill of Sale.
- A copy of the Transfer of Title
- A copy of an out of state registration.
- A statement from your insurance company indicating that the vehicle was stolen and not recovered.
- A statement from your insurance company indicating the vehicle was totaled.
- Written verification from a junk dealer.
- A copy of a purchase agreement identifying your vehicle as the trade-in vehicle.
Note: All documentation must be dated and contain the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).
If you have any questions regarding the required proof, please contact the Assessor’s Office @ 860-487-3122 Mondays 12:30pm-7:30pm or Tuesday through Friday 9:00am-2:00pm.
What is a Lien?
A lien is a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of debt. Tax liens are superior to mortgage liens, and are independent of demand for. Liens remain in effect until all taxes, interest and fees are paid in full. Liens are subject to foreclosure, tax sale and sale/assignments to a third party for collection. Per policy of the Revenue Office, everyone with a Real Estate Tax balance as of June 1, 2016 will receive a recorded lien. There is a $24 recording fee for the lien per state statute 12-176.
Does a Payment Arrangement exempt me from a Lien?
A payment arrangement does not exempt you from a recorded lien. The sentence above the Taxpayer signature states “The owner recognizes the Town of Willington will continue to follow the lien process for any future levies that may be outstanding.”
What is the criteria for Tax Sale or Lien Assignment?
For a residential property, if you owe more than $3,500, or are more than two years in arrears, you will be identified for a tax sale / lien assignment. If the property is abandoned or has no residential dwelling, and you are over one year in arrears, you will be identified for a tax sale/ lien assignment. Commercial properties over one year in arrears will be identified for a tax sale/ lien assignment.
A payment plan does not exempt you from a tax sale / lien assignment.
Please note, the Tax Office will work with you on getting your debt current.
When can I expect my Tax Bill?
Tax bills will be mailed on or before July 1, 2016, the due date. All tax bills are mailed directly to property owners unless the Tax Collector receives specific instructions to send the bill to your bank or financial institution.
Real Estate and Personal Property tax totaling $100 or more are due in two installments; July and January. Motor vehicle tax is due in one installment in July. Please note, we do not send out bills for the second installment in January. There is a stub on the July bills for the January payment.
Supplemental Motor Vehicle tax bills are mailed before January 1st.
Failure to receive a tax bill does not exempt you from paying taxes or interest per State Statute 12-130. If you do not receive a tax bill, please contact the Revenue Collector’s Office.
If you received a bill in error, please contact the Assessor’s office to correct the issue. Do not ignore the bill.
When is my Payment Due? When is it considered Late?
Payments due July 1, 2016 must be received, or postmarked, no later than Monday August 1, 2016. Payments due January 1, 2017 must be received, or postmarked, no later than Wednesday February 1, 2017.
Interest is charged at a rate of 1 ½% per month from the due date, with a minimum interest charge of $2.00.
How can I pay My Bill?
The Revenue Office accepts cash, money orders or personal checks for payment at the office. If our office is closed, you can leave a check in our Drop Box outside the front door of the building. You may also pay on line at www.willingtonct.org and click on the red button that says “View/Pay Tax Bill”. There is a convenience fee of 2.9% for credit cards and $1.95 for EFT.
How much do we get in State Aid?
State Law (Section 21-130 B) requires us to state the following: the 2016-17 budget for the Town of Willington estimates that $4,151,139 will be received by the State of Connecticut. Without this, the mill rate would be 37.03.
To calculate your taxes, please click here.