It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Okay, maybe not…
But, if you haven't already done so, time is running out to pay your Groton motor vehicle tax bill and the first installment for all real estate and personal property taxes. Bills were mailed out on July 1, and Aug. 1 is the deadline to pay motor vehicle taxes and the first installment of real estate and personal property taxes to avoid interest penalties.
Payments can be made by mail in the return envelopes included with the bill. Checks or money orders made out to "Tax Division Town of Groton" can be mailed to the town's procesing center at Tax Division Town of Groton, P.O. Box 981061, Boston, MA 02298-1061.
Taxes also can be paid in person on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Tax Collector's Office at Groton Town Hall, located at 45 Fort Hill Road.
Tax Collector Cynthia Small said payments made in person can be by cash, check or money order. The only credit card the town accepts is the Discover card, which is subject to a sliding fee of betwen $2 and $15.
Payments by check or money order also may be left in drop boxes located inside and outside of Town Hall.
Payments also can be made during the months of July and January at the Groton and Mystic branches of Chelsea Groton Bank. You do not need to be a customer of Chelsea Groton to make a payment.
Information on paying taxes online can be obtained on the town's web site at www.groton-ct.gov.
The web site also can provide information about general town tax questions and individual bills.
Vehicles registered after Oct. 1, 2011 will be billed in January 2013, and do not appear on the July 2012 tax bill.
The town encourages residents who are paying late to call the Office of Assessment and Collection at 860-441-6670 to find out the correct amount due.
There will be no mailing for the second installment of the real estate and personal property tax bills. Both payment coupons were included in the bill mailed in June.
You can call 860-441-6670 with questions regarding tax collection issues. If you have questions regarding assessment, call 860-441-6660.