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Warren Town Council delays property, motor vehicle tax payments

By Ted Hayes
Posted 7/23/20

Warren residents have more time to pay their property and motor vehicle tax bills, following a decision of the Warren Town Council this past Tuesday.

Council members voted unanimously last week to …

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Warren Town Council delays property, motor vehicle tax payments

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Warren residents have more time to pay their property and motor vehicle tax bills, following a decision of the Warren Town Council this past Tuesday.

Council members voted unanimously last week to extend the grace period for the payment of first quarter real estate and tangible taxes from five to 30 days. First quarter payments will still be due on August 1, but taxpayers will have the additional time to make payments without penalties or interest.  This follows a similar action the council took earlier this year, when they first voted to extend the tax payment deadline.

Also last Tuesday, councilors voted unanimously to delay sending out motor vehicle excise tax bills until September. Warren Tax Assessor Kristopher Leadem told the council that Governor Gina Raimondo recently proposed an adjustment to the methodology cities and towns use to assess motor vehicles. The Governor’s proposal would reduce the amount the state is required to reimburse cities and towns. Mr. Leadem told council members that while the tax rate has been set, the assessed value determines the amount of taxes due. With uncertainty on the final methodology, he suggested that the town delay mailing the bills until the legislature determines the methodology that will be adopted for the coming year. In response to the question of how much of a delay is necessary, both Mr. Leadem and Warren Finance Director Fung Chan agreed that September will provide a reasonable amount of time. An update will be provided at the August council meeting.

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