Today’s the day that Wilton municipal property taxes are due. Phil Damato, Wilton’s tax collector, has sent tax bills to property owners and posted public notice that July 1, 2019 is the day taxes become payable to the town .

According to the notice, the first installment of Real Estate and Personal Property tax is due and payable on July 1; taxpayers have until Aug. 1, 2019 to pay without interest. Taxpayers should note that the town sends only one tax bill for both installments; you’ll need to remember to pay the second installment on your own in January 2020.

Any tax bills for $100 or less must be paid in full in July, and the same goes for  all Motor Vehicle taxes–they are due in full in July as well.

Property is being taxed according to its valuation on the assessment list of Oct. 1, 2018. Wilton went through a real estate revaluation process over the past year, and those new values will be reflected in the tax bills that property owners will receive.

Any payments made after their due dates become delinquent and are subject to an 18% interest rate per year. Minimum interest charged is $2.00.

The notice makes something clear in big, capital letters:  property owners are obligated to pay taxes and late charges even if they don’t receive a bill. Anyone who purchased real estate on or after October 1, 2018, and doesn’t receive a tax bill by July 8, 2019, is asked to call the Tax Collector’s Office at 203.563.0125.

How and where do property owners pay taxes?  They can be paid in person or mailed to the tax collector at Wilton Town Hall (238 Danbury Rd.). Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Taxes can also be paid online–there’s a small fee to pay with a credit card, but no charge when paid via ACH payment. The third option is paying by phone at 855.329.0827.

UPDATE, 11:45 a.m.:  First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice emailed GMW to add that residents can register their accounts and sign up for features like auto-pay, scheduled payments and even pay-by-text.

Payments mailed and postmarked Aug. 1, 2019 will be accepted as paid on time.

UPDATE, 11 a.m.:  On Monday morning, First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice posted on Facebook in response to several comments from residents about tax bills that have yet to arrive in mailboxes.

“TAX BILLS were mailed at the end of last week. If you have not yet received your bill, it should be in today’s mail. You can view your tax bills, auto and real property, online.

“The Town should only collect taxes once they are due, which is the reason for the tight window between when bills are mailed and the due date and why your bill won’t appear online until July 1.

“Although, bills are due as of July 1, they are not delinquent until after August 1.

“CT Statutes, not Town policy, dictates requirements related to property tax billings and payments, including the 18% interest rate for delinquent taxes.

“Effective May 1, 2019, the Town has a new tax payment system, which allows you to register to auto pay, pay-by- text and more. In addition, effective May 1, 2019, we are not longer charging a fee if you pay your taxes online with a bank ACH transfer.

“I encourage everyone to use the online system to register and sign up for email and/or text. Even if you don’t pay online, you will receive reminders.

“The system is very easy. I pay property taxes in another CT community. With two taps on this morning’s text, my taxes were paid.”