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Information on Upcoming Quarterly Billing Change

Michael Chizy, Chairman
John Hebert, Vice Chairman
Richard Hersom, Clerk
Ryan Fattman
Kevin Geraghty

James A. Smith, Town Administrator

Sutton Town Hall                              
4 Uxbridge Road  
Sutton, Massachusetts 01590
(508) 865-8727
Fax: (508) 865-8721
January 1, 2009

Dear Sutton Taxpayer:

I am writing to inform you that the Town of Sutton adopted a quarterly tax billing schedule at the Fall Town Meeting held on October 20, 2008. Effective July 1st 2009, taxes will be due in four installments during the course of each Fiscal Year. The Fiscal Year begins July 1st of any given year and ends June 30th of the following calendar year.  

HOW QUARTERLY BILLING WORKS
The bills are issued two times per year, at the end of June and December. Each bill has two detachable stubs, one for each of the billing installments included on the bill.

The bill mailed at the end of June is the "Preliminary" tax bill, and details the amounts due on the first business day of August and the first business day of November.

The bill mailed at the end of December is the "Actual" tax bill, and this bill details the amounts due on the first business day of February, and on the first business day of May.

1st PAYMENT— Due August 1st ~
The first installment will be detailed on the preliminary bill, mailed on or before June 30th. This installment will be due on the first business day in August. ~This bill will be approximately one quarter of last year’s total bill amount. ~No tax rate or assessment will appear on this bill.

2nd PAYMENT— Due November 1st
The second installment will also be detailed on the preliminary tax bill, which is mailed on or before June 30th. This installment is due on the first business day of November. ~This bill is calculated in the same manner as the 1st payment. ~Again, no tax rate or assessment will appear on this bill.

3RD PAYMENT— Due February 1st ~
The third installment is detailed on the "Actual" bill, which is mailed on or before December 31st. This installment is due on the first business day of February. ~This tax bill will show the assessed valuation of your property, the tax rate and the amount of property taxes you owe for the current Fiscal Year.   You have until the due date of the third quarterly installment (generally February 1st) to file an abatement application, and three months from the date of mailing of the bill to file for an exemption. ~The bill amount will be 50% of your actual tax, after the first two preliminary payments have been deducted. ~This means that if your first two payments totaled $1,000 and your actual tax bill is $3,000, you would owe 50% of the difference or $1,000.

4th PAYMENT – Due May 1st
The fourth and final installment is also detailed on the "Actual" bill, which is mailed prior to December 31st. This installment is due by the first business day of May. ~This bill will be the balance that remains after the first three payments.

LATE PAYMENTS
Under the quarterly system, the interest on late payments will be charged for the number of days the payment is actually delinquent. ~For example, if a payment due on November 1st is not made on time, 14% interest will be charged from November 2nd until the date the payment is made.

If you have any questions regarding the new quarterly billing process please contact us at 508-865-8720 or on-line at www.suttonma.org.  Thank you.


 
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