Tax Office

Tax Collector: Cindy Gotta
Tax Clerk: Kathy Kiley
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Schedule: see Office Schedule
Phone: 860-343-8011
Email: taxes@southfiredistrict.com 

 

Middletown Taxing Authorities

South Fire District

445 Randolph Road
Middletown, CT  06457
(860) 343-8011

City of Middletown

245 deKoven Drive
Middletown, CT  06457 
(860) 638-4900
City of Middletown Tax Collector Website

Westfield Fire District

653 East Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 632-0377
Westfield Fire District Website

Why do I pay taxes to the South Fire District, when I already paid the city?

Everyone who lives in the City of Middletown pays two separate taxes, a city tax and a fire tax. The town is divided into 3 "Fire Districts": South Fire, City Fire and Westfield Fire. If you live in the Central (City) District your fire tax is inclusive with your city tax on one bill. However, if you live in the South Fire or Westfield Districts you will receive a separate fire tax bill.

Mill Rates: Effective July 1, 2019 (for the 2018 Grand List)

  • City Tax: 36.000
  • City Fire: 8.400
  • South Fire: 5.203
  • Westfield Fire: 1.683

How do I know if I live in the South Fire District?

Please click here to see a list of streets which comprise the South Fire District.

What is the best way to pay my tax bill?

Send your payment through the US Post Office. Include your check, money order, or cashiers check along with your payment stub identifying what tax bills your are paying. If you would like a receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and we will be happy to send you one. If you choose to pay in person, please have your payment and remittance stub readily available. We also accept payment by credit card (see below).

Do you accept credit card payments?

Yes; it is our goal to provide the District with efficient and convenient services, and we are pleased to announce the ability to pay your fire taxes by credit card, on-line only, using any of the following cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and VISA or bank debit. The payment processing service, Point & Pay, charges a nominal convenience fee based on the amount of the transaction when paying by credit or debit card or a flat fee when paying by VISA debit card. Click here for more information.

What is the benefit of paying by credit card?

Avoid long lines at the Tax Office and pay your taxes in the comfort of your own home, or on the go. If you have back taxes and would like to put them on your credit card, click here to pay your taxes online.

When should I receive my tax bill?

Tax bills are always mailed out at the end of June for any given year. Supplemental bills are mailed out at the end of December. Exceptions might be made in the event of failed budget votes, which may cause a delay in billing.

When are taxes due?

Real Estate, Personal Property, Motor Vehicle, and Supplemental taxes are all due in one installment. All bills not paid on or before the first business day of the month following the due date are subject to interest at the rate of 1.5% per month (18% per year) from the due date. There will be a minimum interest charge of $2.00 per bill. We apply payments to the oldest outstanding bill first, and interest must be paid before principle.

What if I did not receive a tax bill?

State statute 12-130 states, failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax. If a bill is not paid within the given grace period, interest cannot be waived. If you believe you should have a bill, but have not received one, please contact the tax office. Additionally, you may not have received a bill because the assessment on your property might not have been great enough to produce a tax. We do not bill under $2.00.

How are taxes computed?

Taxes are computed by multiplying the net assessment (70% of the fair market value) of your property as of October 1 by the current mill rate. (See example.)

Assessment x Mill Rate = Tax Bill         Example: $160,000 X .004983 = $797.28

Any questions on your property assessment should be directed to the Middletown Tax Assessor's Office (860-344-3454).

Unpaid Taxes

All municipal taxes are collectible for 15 years from the original due date. Interest will accrue for the full period of time that a tax is delinquent and will not be waived. Unpaid balances remain on the computer system for 15 years.

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