By Michael P. Walsh
Special to the Voice
All city tax bills have been mailed and are payable in two installments: July and January.
Tax Collector Eric Murillo said motor vehicle bills were mailed on Friday with an insert stating: “The enclosed motor vehicle tax bill is being calculated at 32 mills for the assessment year commencing October 1, 2016, payable July 1, 2017, and January 1, 2018, based on Connecticut State Taxation Statue 12-71e. Due to the unsettled situation regarding the State budget for 2017/2018, a supplemental motor vehicle tax bill may be issued and will be sent to you when and if it is determined to be necessary.”
Each tax bill, which is sent out once a year, has three parts: a payment coupon for July, payment coupon for January and payment coupon for taxpayers’ records.
Taxes are due July 1. Payments after Aug. 1 are considered delinquent and subject to interest, Murillo said.
The tax office is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays on the first floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.
For the convenience of taxpayers, the city has an ATM outside the office.
Taxpayers can see their tax bills, make a payment, and print their payment history for income tax purposes atwww.cityofwesthaven.com and clicking on Tax Collector under the Government heading.
Sewer bills are on the same page but under a separate heading.
In July and January only, current taxes can be paid by mail to a tax office lockbox, P.O. Box 150461, Hartford 06115-0461. When paying by lockbox or the drop box outside the tax office in City Hall, the canceled check is the receipt.
After Aug. 1, taxes with interest can be paid by mail to the Office of the Tax Collector, P.O. Box 401, West Haven 06516. Payments can also be made in person.
Anyone needing a motor vehicle clearance must pay in person with cash, credit card, bank check or money order.
Those with questions about assessments or vehicles they no longer own should contact the assessor’s office prior to paying their tax bills at [email protected] or (203) 937-3515, ext. 1004, 1005 or 1007.
For tax payment questions, call the tax office at (203) 937-3525.