Now that’s a lot of money! Since 2011, the town is owed $262,899 from residents who have failed to pay their town motor vehicle tax.
The Town Council authorized the Tax Collector to place said accounts on suspense according to the following: 2011 MV Grand List, $203,475.96, 2011 Supplemental MV List, $54,072.92, 2011 Personal Property, $941.82, 2012 Motor Vehicle, $2,606.82, and 2012 Personal Property, $801.92.
Councilman Robert Sand asked if the $200,000 is a carryover, according to meeting minutes. Each year the suspense list is brought forward, so is this all from 2011 or accumulative from other years, he asked?
Tax Collector Lisa Basilicato says that this is new from 2011 and it will be transferred at the end of the year. She explained, according to meeting minutes, that she actively collects two years in her office so at the end of this year 2011 will expire; it will be transferred to suspense, turned over to collections and they pursue it with different tools.
Sand asked if anyone in her department goes through Google or any other type of technology.
Basilicato says yes they do, they handle every piece of mail themselves and use Google, DMV websites, etc. to try and get new addresses, meeting minutes state. These are people who are clearly ignoring the bill or have moved out of Town, the tax collector said.