Tax Collector

Middlefield Certified Tax Collector:  Anne L. Olszewski

Hours:
Monday through Friday:  9:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Hours during tax collecting months, JANUARY and JULY:
Monday:  9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:  9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Friday:  9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Anne L. Olszewski, CCMC, Tax Collector
E-mail: tax1@middlefieldct.org
Telephone:  860-349-7117
Fax :  860-­349-7115

 

Mill Rate

The current Mill Rate for the 2016 Grand List is 36.61;  32 for motor vehicles. The mill rate is typically set in May when the budget is passed. A mill is equal to 1/1000 of a dollar.

Billing

  • Tax bills are mailed out once a year on June 30. Your bill will have 3 parts, one for you, one for July’s’ payment, and one for January’s’ payment.
  • Taxpayers have a 30 day grace period to pay without penalty. Delinquent interest accrues as of the due date of July 1st with interest charged monthly @ 1.5% of the unpaid taxes.
  • Technically taxes are due and payable in full on July 1 (SS 7-383). However, SS 12-142 allows the Legislative Body for Middlefield (Town Meeting) to set the due dates for taxes. Middlefield’s due dates for Real Estate and Personal Property bills, if over $100, to be divided in two equal halves due July 1 and January 1. Motor Vehicle taxes are due in full July 1; with Motor Vehicle Supplement bills (vehicles registered after October 1) due in full January 1. These dates were set in the Middlefield Town Code of Ordinance, Chapter 13, Article 1, Sec. 13-14a.
  • No reminder bill will be sent.

Frequently asked questions as a Tax Payer

When is the last day to pay?

  • Waiting till the last minute is not always a wise thing to do. The last day to pay is August 1 and February 1.  If these dates fall on a Saturday or a Sunday, then the last day to pay is the Monday that follows. If you wait till the last minute to pay your bill, a post mark counts as being on time. However, if you pay online, the envelope comes with no post mark. Your payment will be considered late and interest will be charged accordingly.

How can I pay my tax bill?

  • Tax bills can be paid with cash or check. Payment can be mailed, dropped in the drop box at the front door, or paid in person. Middlefield does not allow for taxes to be paid with a credit card.

I need a receipt, what do I do?

  • Bring the entire bill with you if you pay in person. If you wish a receipt when mailing your bill, enclose the entire bill, a self address stamped envelope and your check.

What is my penalty if I pay my taxes late?

  • Taxes that are not paid on time will be subject to a $2.00 minimum or 1.5 % interest on the unpaid tax for each month the bill goes unpaid. SS 12-146

I didn’t get a bill, what do I do?

  • If you do not receive a bill for your Real Estate or your Motor Vehicle, it is your responsibility to call the office and get one. Failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the bill or any interest that may accrue. SS 12-130

I paid off my mortgage and I was escrowing, what do I do?

  • If you no longer escrow your taxes, it is your responsibility to notify the Tax Office and request a bill be sent to you. Banks notify the Tax Office about March/February who they are escrowing for. They do not notify the office during the course of the year when they no longer escrow for a particular property.

When are Real Estate Liens applied?

  • Real Estate liens by State Statue must be placed with the Town Clerk no later than 2 years from the first due date. SS 12-175.  In Middlefield “Notice with intent to lien” notices are sent out at the beginning of March. The lien is then filed at the beginning of April each year, if tax is still due.

I moved, what do I do?

  • You must notify DMV within 48 hours so future bills can find you. Since taxes are in arrears you should also notify the tax office. Motor Vehicle bills are based on any given October 1.  For example: If you live in Middlefield on October 1 but move to Middletown October 2, your tax bill is due in full to Middlefield.  Failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the bill or any interest that may accrue. SS 12-130.

I sold my car and transferred my plate, now what?

  • Don’t ignore a bill you get for a vehicle you no longer own. If you transfer plates from your old car to a new one then you pay the bills as they come. The Supplemental bill you receive in January will have a credit on it for the old vehicle.

I am still getting bills for a vehicle I no longer own?

  • If you turn the plates into the DMV get a receipt. The Assessor will need that receipt to adjust your bill to reflect only the months you owned it. If you lost your DMV receipt, contact the Assessors’ Office to see what documentation is acceptable to prove you no longer own the vehicle.

The DMV won’t allow me to register a Motor Vehicle, what do I do?

  • You will have to come to the Office and clear up any outstanding taxes. A check is accepted, however, you will have to wait 14 days for the check to clear. If you wish a release right then and there payment must be in cash. The Tax Office notifies the DMV once a week who has paid and who has not.

Some of the information on my Motor Vehicle bill is incorrect?

  • The information on your bill comes directly from the DMV. You will need to correct any information with the DMV.
  • If you were or are in the military and think you should get an exemption, contact the Assessor at 860-349-7111.
  • If you are a senior and have questions about exemptions, contact the Assessor at 860-­349-7111.
  • If you have questions about your bill don’t wait till the last minute. Call the Tax Office at 860-349-7117.

Important Facts Concerning Tax Collection

  • Middlefields’ Tax Collector and Tax Assessor are bound by the Connecticut General State Statures. The statutes that apply to tax assessing and collection can be found in Volume 4, Section 12 of the State Statutes.
  • Real Estate taxes are based on 70% of the Fair Market Value as of the last State-­mandated town wide revaluation. The next revaluation for Middlefield is for the Grand List of 2016.

Town Offices Address

Town of Middlefield
393 Jackson Hill Rd
P.O. Box 179
Middlefield, CT. 06455
860-349-7114

General Office Hours

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Individual office hours may vary.

Emergency Information

Fire - Police – Medical Dial 911
Middlefield Police Department: 860-349-9685
Troop F Westbrook: 860-399-2100
Animal Control: 860-349-1333