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Posted on: April 6, 2023

‘Boot’ program resumes for tax delinquents in West Haven

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WEST HAVEN, April 6, 2023 — Residents who are delinquent on their taxes are urged to pay their overdue taxes as soon as possible.

West Haven’s “boot” program resumes this month, and tax delinquents risk their vehicles being immobilized with a wheel-locking boot.

TaxServ Capital Services LLC of Hartford is the city’s vendor that administers the program in cooperation with Vioalert Systems LLC of West Haven.

A vehicle-mounted ID system that is part of the program uses an infrared license plate scanner to target tax scofflaws. Vehicles are released of the boot once their owners pay all delinquent taxes and the boot fee.

The boot, however, may be on a vehicle that does not owe back taxes because the scanning system recognizes delinquent taxes linked to the vehicle owner’s name, according to city Tax Manager Rachel A-Massih.

Residents can check if they owe back taxes and make a payment at My Tax Bill. They can also pay in the tax office on the first floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.

A-Massih said delinquent personal property taxes for city business owners who have not paid their taxes have also been turned over for collection. Properties with delinquent real estate and sewer bills are in the process of being liened, and collection proceedings are beginning, she said.

Taxes accrue additional interest on the first day of each month.

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