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Richmond council nixes late payment notices

March 8, 2011

RICHMOND – Delinquent property taxpayers won't be seeing additional late payment notices this year as the Town Council voted recently to stop sending out the quarterly reminders. Instead, taxpayers will receive what they have in the past, which is their tax bill followed by a late payment reminder in December.

The vote to go back to this method came at the Feb. 15 council meeting. Regarding the decision, council President B. Joseph Reddish said, “It was reversed because the data provided by the tax collector showed no increase in payment levels, so we went back to the way it was.”

In an interview Monday afternoon, Tax Collector Dolores Danusis explained that making quarterly reminders for late tax payments just did not make sense financially. She said that sending out the reminders includes having to print them and then mail them out, which brings forth a cost for the town.

And the revenue the town was receiving was not off-setting the cost of making the mailings, Danusis said. She added that it also bogs down her office, which includes her and her assistant, both of whom are not full-time employees. Danusis works 24 hours a week while her assistant works 18 hours.

For more information, check out this week's The Chariho Times.

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