Pro­posal to re­duce av­er­age tax in­tro­duced

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - NEWS - BY PRESS STAFF

MIDDLEFIELD — The first se­lect­man re­leased a re­vised town bud­get this week which will re­duce the mill rate on real and per­sonal prop­erty.

With the pas­sage of the state’s bi­en­nial bud­get, First Se­lect­man Ed Bai­ley’s pro­posal re­duces the prop­erty taxes on the av­er­age home by $342, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. Af­ter adop­tion by the Board of Fi­nance, a re­vised tax bill will be sent to prop­erty own­ers in early De­cem­ber for the Jan. 1 in­stall­ment.

For those that have al­ready paid taxes in full, a tax re­fund check will be is­sued, Bai­ley said in the re­lease.

“I am very pleased that I can pro­pose re­turn­ing these real dol­lar sav­ings back to the tax­pay­ers of Middlefield and Rock­fall,” Bai­ley said in a pre­pared state­ment.

The state leg­is­la­ture is al­low­ing towns to ad­just their mill rates mid-year, an ac­tion that had been pro­hib­ited in the past, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials. Middlefield’s new an­nual mill rate will drop from 36.61 mill to 34.49 mill. The town’s mo­tor ve­hi­cle tax, now set at 32 mill, is ex­pected to be un­changed, the re­lease said.

The process for re­vis­ing the town bud­get re­quires Bai­ley sub­mit a re­vised bud­get to the Board of Fi­nance for con­sid­er­a­tion, fol­lowed by pub­lic hear­ings and a town meet­ing for final adop­tion.

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