*2012 ANNUAL REPORT -- Tax Collector’s Office*
J. Stacey Yarbrough, Town Clerk/Tax Collector
The Tax Collector’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the collection of all real estate, personal property, and motor vehicle tax bills as well as sewer assessment, and sewer use charges.
Up-to-date procedures are utilized in the Tax Office so that individual taxpayers, attorneys, title searchers, and real estate agents may have accurate, precise information which is both vital and necessary for real estate and personal property transactions. Much time is spent in the Tax Office with title searchers and attorneys reviewing taxes and other assessments pertaining parcels of property so that the proper adjustments are made at the time of closing, and tax time.
The Tax Office staff also works closely with the Town Clerk’s Office, Assessor’s Office, Finance Department and the various offices of the Public Works Department to ensure that all information related to property records is current.
When real estate and sewer use charges remain unpaid, Delinquency Notices, Tax Collector Demands, and Intent to Lien notices are issued in advance of the placement of liens upon the subject property, in the land records of the Town Clerk’s Office. After payment has been made, the liens are released. When motor vehicle taxes are not paid in a timely manner, by State statute, the Tax Collector must deliver to the Motor Vehicle Department a list of all those who are delinquent. This allows the DMV to deny renewal or new registration for that individual or business until payment of delinquent taxes is made in full. The Tax Collector and her staff make every effort to collect the highest percentage of the Grand List, especially in these very difficult times. When it becomes necessary, the Tax Collector has the following tools to effectuate tax collection:
For the Fiscal Year 2011 - 2012, North Haven’s tax collection rate was set at approx. 98 % of the Grand Levy -- the total amount collectible from the Grand List. The Grand Levy is the total of all taxes due on a grand list after the mill rate has been applied to determine the tax. The Grand List is a list of all taxable property in the Town of North Haven, as of October 1 of each tax year. The Assessor develops the Grand List. The total value of the Grand List is a factor in determining the Mill Rate for each fiscal year. The Mill Rate is the tax rate, or in other words, it is the tax rate to be calculated, per dollar of assessed value of property, wherein one “mill” is one-tenth of a cent ($0.001).
Through the diligent efforts of the staff in the Tax Office, the Town has been very successful in the collection of delinquent taxes (including interest and fees).
due in full.
accounts have a second half due April 1.
SENT); Supplemental Motor Vehicle tax bill is due in full.