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
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.)