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Top 25 Delinquent Taxpayers Owe More Than $1.6 Million [Update]

The highest amount of back taxes owed is $175,944 for an estate at 65 Parker’s Glen.

The town of New Canaan is owed more than $1.6 million in unpaid property taxes, according to town records obtained following a Freedom of Information Act request by Patch.

The highest amount of back taxes owed is $175,944 for an estate at 65 Parker’s Glen owned by Parker S. Glen LLC, which is owned by Palmer Design LLC. The principal listed is as Frank D. Palmer, according to the Connecticut Secretary of the State's Commerical Records Division.

According to town records, the last tax payment on the property was made in October 2010 in the amount of $8,319.09 and the town received $60,914.22 in 2010 in total taxes on the 65 Parker’s Glen property. As of March 10, the interest owed on the estate is $32,680.15.

Rosanna Dipanni told Patch that the town follows state laws in order to obtain delinquent taxes. “We just follow state statutes,” she said, declining to provide further information.

State law provides a 30-day grace period for a property tax payment (Chapter 204 - Sec. 12-142), according to the Office of Policy and Management. If a taxpayer pays a tax after the 30-day grace period, the payment is delinquent. State law requires tax collectors to add interest, at the rate of 1.5 percent per month or any portion of a month, to a delinquent tax bill (Chapter 204 - Sec. 12-145). For example, a tax due July 1 is payable on or before August 1.  If the tax is paid August 2, interest equals 3 percent (1.5 percent for July and 1.5 percent for August).  

The town of New Canaan's tax collection rate, on average, is 99.3 percent, according to Dipanni. The town has collected $110,292,030.08 in taxes as of March 11.

Municipalities can refer delinquent taxpayers to collection agencies or also "use other means" to collect taxes that are delinquent, according to the state's OPM. State law allows for the collection of property taxes within 15 years after a tax due date (Chapter 204 - Sec. 12-164). A municipality’s legislative body (or its board of selectmen in a town in which the legislative body is a town meeting) can abate the property tax for an owner-occupied residential dwelling, to the extent that the tax exceeds 8 percent or more of the total income of all occupants (Chapter 204 - Sec. 12-124a).  

A full list of the 25 top delinquent owners in New Canaan as well as their properties amounts owed can be found below.

The top 25 delinquent taxpayers, as of Friday, March 11, were:

Rank Name* Property Owed

1

Parker S Glen LLC, which is owned by Palmer Design LLC (Frank D. Palmer, principal)

65 Parker’s Glen $175,944.89 2 Westover LLC (Arlene Mercede, principal)
2-12 Maple Street $170,405.73 3 Anthony Massarella
527 Smith Ridge Road, 54 & 56 Forest Street $126,132.19 4 Jennifer A. James
6 Valley Lane $124,557.39 5 Abbey Lane LLC (Todd B. Stewart, principal) 145 Lantern Ridge Road $111,920.57 6 87 Main Street Assoc. LLC (Robert Cuda, principal) 87 Main Street $98,360.26 7 74 Mather Farm Road LLC (Donald B. White, principal) 441 Brookside Road $95,148.53 8 Thomas M. Cordes
81 Lukes Wood Road $89,615.93 9 Tanaz Warren
46 Ludlowe Road $61,578.68 10 Ruth Jones
277 Old Stamford Road $51,847.52 11 Lask Holdings LLC (Scott S. Kaluczky, principal)
1028 Silvermine Road $42,952.66 12 Tomonto Industries (Joseph A. Tomonto, principal) 574 Cascade Road $40,734.19 13 John L. Hilton
34 Braeburn Drive $37,060.39 14 Jay Pirrone
50 Marshall Ridge Road $37,011.65 15 Craig S. Phillips
625 Oenoke Ridge $36,737.96 16 Twin Ponds LLC (Claude P. Priolet, principal)
259 Frogtown Road $36,716.00 17 Cross Ridge LLC (Edwin Brooks, principal)
Cross Ridge Road $35,713.39 18 33-39 East Ave. LLC (Robert Cuda, principal) 31 East Ave. $35,151.01 19 Paul Tully 142 Michigan Road $34,889.06 (PAID — see note below)
20 John P. Clemente La Brum
429 West Road $34,164.29 21 James W. Wainacht
122 Kimberly Place $31,405.07 22 John J. Vaske
358 Lukes Wood Road $27,716.23 23 John Roger Bolton
630 Oenoke Ridge $26,038.19 24 Parade Hill Road LLC (Ruth LeBlanc Jones, principal)
105, 109 Parade Hill Road $25,635.30 25 Elizabeth Czarnecki 126 Harrison Ave. $24,745.49 * Names of principals of LLCs listed are supplied by the Connecticut Secretary of the State's Commercial Recording Division

(Editor's Note: According to an e-mail from New Canaan Tax Collector Rosanna Dipanni, payment was made in full March 14 on the property at 142 Michigan Road.)

Pepper March 14, 2011 at 04:25 PM
"Reporting" on this type of information serves our community..."How?" C'mon, you can do better than this!
WestSideResident March 14, 2011 at 04:30 PM
Congrats Patch. You figured out how to use the Freedom of Information Act. Erin, What purpose do you think this article serves? Is your purpose to shame and humiliate people that owe taxes to the town? I thought this was supposed to be a town newspaper, not a rag supermarket tabloid. WestSideResident
Patrick Henry March 14, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Maybe if some of these people paid their taxes we could build a few more sidewalks, solve the nation's obesity issues, and maybe even pave a road or two. You can't have it both ways.
New Canaan Family March 14, 2011 at 05:11 PM
The Town budgets were built assuming everyone will pay their property taxes, and in fact, most do pay. So when some don't pay on time, things that were budgeted may not happen as planned. Still, I don't see the point of publishing this list. Yes, it's public information, but it's of the kind most people don't feel they need to know.
Patrick Henry March 14, 2011 at 05:40 PM
New Canaan family I agree with all you said except the part that "most people don't feel the need to know." take a look at the most popular articles on Patch and you'll see why that might not be the case. While you and I may not need to see it, many other people do, so for people who want to ensure you do not end up on this list, it is very simple...pay your taxes and it is a moot point.
New Canaan Family March 14, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Agreed, although what I meant was that people generally don't go out of their way to dig this info out for themselves. There may be all kinds of unhappy circumstances we don't know about behind each non-payment (e.g., lawsuits, divorce, death, bankruptcy, etc.). I'm not going to get all judgmental, although I notice that one Patch reader has today taken it upon themself to comment on local business (Cuda, Jones) reviews on Patch, imploring us all not to patronize those businesses since they don't pay taxes.
Pepper March 14, 2011 at 06:02 PM
So with all of our comments (mostly negative), about the value (or lack thereof) of Patch opting to cover (by name) the issue of delinquent taxpayers.....aren't we contributing to its success, by increasing "hits"? Hmmmm....
Observer March 14, 2011 at 06:51 PM
I'm not impressed by the decisions to seek this information and to publish it. In some of these cases, this amount to kicking someone while they are struggling. Utterly unnecessary. In the article, there is no context presented for historical tax delinquencies, nor is there any reference to the fact (?) that the town has serious collection abilities that make a tax loss on any of these properties quite unlikely. I wish this had not been published. The numbers would have sufficed, I believe. If someone is truly attempting to take advantage of fellow taxpayers, the town personnel are aware of it, and they can handle it, I'm sure. My guess is that the vast majority of these taxpayers are not in that category.
N.C resident March 14, 2011 at 08:12 PM
We have lived in this town for over 11 years and owned more than 3 properties at one time, and never been delinquent in paying taxes. The economy last few years have seen some of the biggest names crashing, and sometimes things just don't work out the way you want no matter how hard you try. Free press ..... all being said, I think Erin should try and focus on more positive news rather than bring people who are already down, to a new low!!!
Four Jacks March 14, 2011 at 08:22 PM
FYI everyone, in some communities, this info is regularly published in the weekly newspaper. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but Patch is just putting something online that has actually occurred for MANY years in other communities.
Tucker Murphy March 14, 2011 at 08:31 PM
I am very disappointed. While I am aware that this is public information it is just not doing anyone any good to publish it for all to see while they sip their morning coffee. It just does not seem New Canaanlike...these folks are obviously having a hard time..some repeat offenders and some victims of a lousy economy. Just stinks......
Larry Schaefer March 14, 2011 at 09:31 PM
We all listen to the Town Council, listen to the Board of Finance, listen to the First Selectman moan and groan about how little there is to spend on Police cars, up-to-date Fire trucks, etc...and when those who have not paid their fair share are exposed--they complain. My suggestion? Quite complaining, do your job and collect the million dollars listed above that is overdue this Town.
Patrick Henry March 14, 2011 at 09:58 PM
Tucker, I'm sure you do jot mean it but your comments come off as very condescending and I'm not quite sure what to make of your "New Canaan-like" phrase. What do you mean by that?
Tucker Murphy March 14, 2011 at 11:32 PM
Patrick, I did not mean to sound condescending and sincerely apologize if I did. I think I was just pointing out that what I have experienced while living in New Canaan is that we are a community that seems to rally around our friends and neighbors when they are down. That's really all I meant....my apologies again
GADFLYNC March 15, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Patch: - Might have been helpful if you added up what the top 25 owe; and, even more important the total that is owed by all people. - All the top 25 should not be lumped together ... maybe some are first timers who are in deep financial trouble while others may be perpetually delinquent (the latter should have their names made public) - Analogy with those who get parking tickets - some rarely get them, while others like Brotherhood and Higley realtors who get many all the time for taking up precious parking places on Elm Street and keep people from shopping (the latter should have their names made public)
straight up the middle March 15, 2011 at 02:17 AM
I am glad we will have a new first selectman soon. The comment about new police cars and new fire engines struck a nerve. I am not even sure the fire and police departments need or want them. Sort of like the "needed new firehouse". A lot of folks have had to do with less in our town. And maybe the town government can too
Stephen R. Sugrue March 15, 2011 at 12:52 PM
This information should not be put in an article. The article went so far as to print the name of someone who PAID-- and he paid a lot more than I did. I am not a liberal, but who knows what life situations confronted these people. The unspoken tone of the piece is that these people are pure deadbeats without any excuses. That is possible, but an awful lot of things have happened recently which may have created extraordinary situations. I am sure that the gentleman who recently paid would have paid much sooner if able. Perhaps these people relied on the SEC to protect them from scammers such as Madoff, and lost huge sums when the SEC failed to heed multiple detailed and specific warnings of what Madoff was doing. Did anyone from the SEC get fired? Probably not, and as a result those despicable failures still have enough money to pay their real estate taxes. If this article has relevance it is as to two points. First, how outrageous it is that anyone has to pay taxes of this magnitude. That is in addition to a Federal tax bill. And, what are we getting for that money? We pay taxes to fund a government which, among its many other shortcomings and failures, is apparently unable to do its basic job of collecting revenue. I hope the war between the hardworking private sector and government workers escalates massively. Give US back OUR town and get out of our way.
MPM March 15, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Like it or not, this is public information. In much earlier times, the names of debtors and scofflaws were listed and posted on the public square - like the one at the corner of Park and Elm. My grandmother grew up in a Conn. community where notices were posted on the front door of the delinquent property. What I find interesting here is the desire to rally around the privacy and protection of residents whose behavior (for whatever reason) has a direct affect on our community. Yet when there was a recent article listing the names of private New Canaan residents who have public careers (and who donate their time and talents in ways that benefit local schools and organizations), there was a rush to list their names, and NO admonitions that we should behave in a "more New Canaan-like" way.
Elmcrest March 15, 2011 at 02:13 PM
I'm happy to pay taxes for an excellent school system, police, fire, roads, human services, etc. On a purely selfish level, it keeps my property value up; but more important, it makes New Canaan a better community for every one of us. In terms of collecting revenue, New Canaan does very well compared to other towns, typically collecting nearly 100% on time. In New Canaan, I just don't believe there is any so-called "war" between private sector and government workers. I've seen New Canaan's town workers earn their pay for over 40 years, and they do their jobs well. But the ones who worry me are the "we know best" Town Council members who are happy to spend our tax money on their pet projects -- from endless "studies" and "consultants" to parkland give-aways to out-of-town sidewalks no one will ever use.
Bill Soffer March 15, 2011 at 02:37 PM
This isn't journalism: http://www.businessinsider.com/aol-patch-responds-to-recent-plagiarism-incidents-and-ongoing-employee-woes-2010-10 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Patch-Sucks/121189854606722
Larry Schaefer March 15, 2011 at 03:04 PM
It is stunning to see a Town official, commenting on this story, complaining about the "messenger", rather than about the individuals and businesses who are not paying their taxes. Is New Canaan living in some parallel universe where public information about those who are breaking the law should be shielded from public scrutiny?
westgate March 15, 2011 at 04:21 PM
I am not sure what if any positive outcome this article brings, for those who own commercial property there is no mention of their renters and if they were the cause of the financial hardship for the building owner, and not that we need to know, but this situation is a chain reaction that comes from things we cannot always control. As for the names that were mentioned did anyone think of the children that will be affected and how they will be served by someone announcing to them the shame attached to this debt. Is this really necessary? Perhaps the fact that someone is already under water, or under severe stress does not cause anyone reading it to ponder as to what they would do if they were in this situation. Worse still what if this article and the shame made someone take their lives to end the torment. I think that if the Town wants to post it for public view they should do so, but there is no justification for this article in these economic times. Let's not kick our neighboors when they are down, let's provide support and show them we are all human, and we are all in this together.
westgate March 15, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Is misery now a spectators sport?
CW March 15, 2011 at 05:04 PM
The $1.6 million in back taxes, if paid, would reduce the proposed tax increase required to support the 2011-2012 town budget from 3% to 2%. That's a good deal for the rest of the tax-paying citizens of the town. - Corey
GNK March 15, 2011 at 05:50 PM
It is not the job of a journalist to initiate "positive outcomes" in their articles. It's his/her job to report the truth. Let's not get carried away with the melodrama of hypothetical scenarios.
Townres March 15, 2011 at 06:51 PM
It would be interesting to have some context here....like how long these taxes have been due for. Taxes are supposed to be paid by January 1. You automatically get a 30 day grace period to pay and then by state law interest begins to accrue. So we don't know if any of these people haven't paid for 30 days or 300 days. And I guess we don't know the circumstances, but this is public information and paying taxes is our civic duty. We've chosen to be a part of this community and paying your share is part of life.
Serenity Now! March 15, 2011 at 07:07 PM
It would also be helpful to know the town policy on abatement of delinquent taxes. Some noble sentiments have been expressed in these posts, but a little due diligence shows that several of these situations are speculative investments rather than primary residences. In addition, some of the properties are owned by Wall Street big shots who the rest of us do not need to carry on our backs.
Elmstreet Ambler March 17, 2011 at 01:39 AM
This is like taping the bounced check to the front of the store register. You used to see it all the time until store owners realized how utterly mean and awful it made them look. But lets face it people love this stuff, it makes them feel better. Hey at least I don't owe the town 175k they say. This is New Canaan and this story will give everyone something to gossip about at the cocktail party . People love a train wreck. Look at the New Canaan News Review vs The Advertiser. People love the Review because it prints the name of parties involved with domestic abuse, where as the Advertiser takes the high road and doesn't. Hey Patch you have shown us your true colors. I think NewCanaanResident said it best.
GSB March 18, 2011 at 12:30 AM
I don't think people do love this stuff. To the contrary, while public because NC is a government, it is no different that opening up bank records to see who is late on a payment. Use of the FOIA this way is vulgar and doesn't add any value. In fact, it makes future reading of anything Erin writes suspect. Poor taste, poor decision, poor editorial oversight.
Sheryl Shaker March 18, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Thank you all for your comments. This thread is now closed.

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