The Tax Collector's office is responsible for the billing and collection of Town and Fire District taxes and all related penalties. Its mission is to assist in maintaining the fiscal stability of the Town and Fire District by ensuring the timely collection and recording of all taxes through the diligent application of the State Statutes, Town Ordinances, regulations and other enforcement aids, while assisting the public in understanding the taxation process and procedures and maintaining an effective and cordial relationship with the general public.
The Tax Collector is also responsible for reporting fiscal information to various Town departments and boards, the Barkhamsted Fire District, the State of Connecticut and the United States Bureau of the Census.
The first installment of real estate and personal property bills becomes due July 1, 2017. Also due will be the motor vehicle bills for vehicles that were owned as of October 1, 2016. This year the last day to pay will be Tuesday, August 1, 2017. For payments that are mailed, we have to go by the postmark per state statutes.
If you receive a bill or a delinquent tax statement that you believe to be an error, please contact us immediately. Also, if you are unable to pay what you owe in full, partial payments are encouraged to reduce the interest that accrues. Just a note: the late penalty is set by State Statutes and cannot be waived by the Tax Collector.
The Tax Collector's office is located on the lower level of the Barkhamsted town hall at 67 Ripley Hill Road (Route 318). Please review the office hours as the tax office is considered to be part-time by the Selectman and the Board of Finance.
When paying by check, always double check your math and be sure the written and numeric portions are the same and that your check is signed. Checks returned will be charged $20.00. If you prefer to pay on-line, you have that option by going here. You can pay by ACH or credit card. There is a small fee for the ACH option and, if you pay by credit card, the fees charged by the credit card company will be added to your payment. This is not a free service.
Barkhamsted tax bills contain both the Town tax and the Fire District tax. The combined mill rate for the grand list of October 1, 2016 is 31.00 mills. The Town portion is 29.37 mills and the Fire District portion is 1.63 mills. $1,000 of assessment is equal to a tax of $31.00.
Sample motor vehicle tax: Assessment of $3,500 (70% of NADA book value) gets a Town tax of $102.80 and a Fire tax of $5.71 for a total tax due of $108.50. Motor vehicle taxes are due in full July 1 with a 30 day grace period before penalties accrue.
Sample real estate tax: Assessment of $150,000 (70% of assessed value as of last revaluation) gets a Town tax of $4,405.50 and a Fire tax of 244.50 for a total tax of $4,650.00. The Town tax is due in two installments (July 1 and January 1) and the Fire tax is due in full July 1, therefore $2,447.25 would be due July 1 and $2,205.25 would be due January 1. There is a 30 day grace period from the due date before penalties begin to accrue. Bills are sent out once a year at the end of June - no second bill for the January installment will be sent. Mark your calendars!