Tax Collector: Sandra D. Pierson
Assistant Tax Collector I: Sally Ferko
Assistant Tax Collector II: Lynn Plaskowitz
Location: Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Road, Orange
Office Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 Monday thru Friday
Payments are accepted from 8:30 to 3:30 Monday thru Friday
The Tax Collector is an elected position. The Tax Collector collects taxes in accordance with Conn. Statutes. The Town of Orange sets the mill rate at the Town Meeting in May. The current mill rate is 30.5 mills. That is, a taxpayer is charged $30.50 for every $1,000.00 in assessed value of real or personal property that he or she owns. There are two types of taxes: Real, which is real estate, and Personal, which is personal property owned by a business as well as the motor vehicle tax.
Taxes are paid in arrears. We are currently collecting for the Grand List of October 1, 2012. The Grand List covers a period of time from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013. Assessments are 70% of market value. Bills were mailed in June 2013. The first installment is due on July 1, 2013. The second installment is due on January 1, 2014. YOU HAVE A 30-DAY GRACE PERIOD TO PAY WITHOUT INTEREST. Interest is 18% per year which is set by State Statute.
In Orange if any bill is over $100.00 you may pay it in two installments. You are sent only one bill and you must remember to pay the second installment. If you want a receipt, please include two copies of your bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope.
If you sell real estate, the tax is adjusted at the closing. The seller is no longer responsible for real estate tax. The buyer assumes the next tax payment.
If you own personal property on October 1 of the tax year, you must pay the entire bill, even if you sell the business. Be sure to submit a declaration form to the Assessor's Office annually.
If you owned a motor vehicle on October 1, you have received a tax bill for that motor vehicle for 12 months. IF YOU SELL THE MOTOR VEHICLE, AND DO NOT USE THE SAME PLATES ON ANOTHER, PLEASE SEND PROOF TO THE ASSESSOR. YOUR BILL WILL BE ADJUSTED. If you use the same plates on another vehicle, pay the ENTIRE BILL WHEN IT IS DUE. You will be billed for your new car with a supplemental motor vehicle bill which you will receive in December. The supplemental motor vehicle bill is for a motor vehicle which was registered October 2, 2012 through July 31, 2013. A receipt from the Dept. of Motor Vehicles for the plate return showing that you no longer have the motor vehicle is acceptable proof for an adjustment.
Call the Tax Office with any questions. Or, if you are in the neighborhood, please stop in.