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Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Happy July 1 Your

Happy July 1 Your Tax Bill is in Your Mailbox
Thousands of Westporters going to their mailboxes today found a green envelope from the town ֖ their tax bill.

George Underhill, the town tax collector, said the real estate bills were a little late this year getting into the mail due to an accounting glitch that resulted in some erroneous assessments on some of the bills.

We decided to pull them all back to make sure we got it right,Ӕ Underhill said.

The first installment on the real estate taxes as well as taxes on automobiles and business property is due today but can be paid until the end of the month without penalty, he said.

Taxes for the 2003-2004 fiscal year went up just shy of 10 percent over last year.

About 5,000 property tax bills went out, according to the town official. The balance of the towns 10,200 properties subject to tax are paid directly through banks or mortgage institutions.

About 2,100 businesses pay taxes on their office machines and other property. Taxes are paid on about 24,000 cars in Westport, according to Underhill, meaning there is almost one car registered for each of the townҒs almost 26,000 residents.

As the new tax bills went out, Underhill said the tally on delinquent taxpayers was this:

—there are 242 liens on properties with taxes due totaling $1.7 million;

—there are 414 cases of back taxes due on business property totaling $194,000;

—and taxes are overdue on 1,454 cars totaling $241,000.



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