Friday, January 28, 2005
Quarterly tax billing to start in July
The good news is that Carlisle residents will see their tax bills cut in half. The bad news is that they will receive twice as many of them. With a unanimous vote at their January 25 meeting, the Board of Selectmen chose to convert to quarterly tax billing to relieve the periodic cash flow shortages that beset the town.
Carlisle's average property tax bill is now $9,224 and the smaller bites of quarterly billing will undoubtedly come as a relief to some residents. Others will lament the loss of investment income on the funds for a three-month period. As Selectman Doug Stevenson previously warned, "Whatever benefit the town gains, the taxpayer loses."
Because of possible opposition from town residents, the Selectmen called a public hearing on Tuesday night to hear the taxpayers' side of the story. As it turned out, there was no taxpayer story because nobody showed up.
Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Barton, obviously pleased that he will no longer have to borrow money during slow times to meet the payroll, explained that the new billing will take effect in FY06. "People will see their first quarterly tax bill around July 1," said Barton. "The last semi-annual tax bill will arrive around April 1 for payment by May 1. From then on, tax bills will be issued in July, October, January and April with payment due in 30 days."
Selectmen were concerned that the first quarterly tax bill in July may come as a surprise to some residents who may be enjoying a long-awaited vacation away from the mailbox. This brought a benevolent smile to Barton's face, but he declined any commitment to waive the interest penalty for late payment of the unexpected bill.
The Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 to appoint Ingo Szegvari of 20 Fielding Farm Drive to the School Building Committee for a term of one year. It also appointed Mary Charnley of 198 Kimball Road to the Personnel Board to a term ending June 30, 2007.
The Board expressed regret upon hearing of the resignation of Liz Jewell as Council on Aging Director. A vote to accept the resignation was postponed until an official letter of resignation is received by the Selectmen.
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