Pay those taxes: ‘The Boot’ returns to West Haven on April 15
It’s that time again: pay your taxes or get booted.
That’s right, booted — as in your car immobilized with a wheel-locking device.
“The Boot” will return on April 15, city officials said, cautioning any residents who still have unpaid, overdue motor vehicle taxes to pay up before then or risk getting booted.
“Please do not ignore your taxes; everyone must do their part,” said newly-elected Tax Collector Dorothy Chambrelli in a news release.
“Your failure to pay negatively affects the entire city,” said Chambrelli, who is planning an aggressive back tax-collection campaign.
“All delinquents are subject to booting,” even if the unpaid bills are from the most recent tax bills, said Leslie Naizby, revenue and asset management director in the Tax Collector’s Office.
Mayor Nancy Rossi said she understands that many West Haven taxpayers are under fiscal pressure and “I do feel badly about that part,” she said.
“However, the (state Municipal Accountability Review Board) met with me yesterday and we’re a financially stressed community,” Rossi said. “We’re doing our best not to raise taxes, and everyone needs to do their part.”
Meanwhile, “the MARB wants to see what our plan is for how to get off the (state) money,” Rossi said.
TaxServ Capital Services LLC of Hartford is the vendor that administers the boot program for the city in cooperation with Vioalert Systems LLC of West Haven.
A vehicle-mounted ID system that is part of the boot program uses an infrared license plate scanner to target tax scofflaws. the release said.
Vehicles are released from the boot once their owners pay all back taxes and boot fees.
Taxpayers can check to see if they owe back taxes — and also pay online — by going to www.cityofwesthaven.com and clicking on “Tax Collector” under the “Government” heading.
Vehicle owners also can pay in person in the tax office on the first floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.
Taxes accrue additional interest on the first day of each month.