MISSION STATEMENT: "As Town Collector it is my mission and sworn duty to ensure the efficient, effective, timely collection of all monies due to the Town of Monson, while providing the highest level of customer service to Monson Taxpayers." Cash flow is the most important and essential responsibility of this department.
Dorothy P. Jenkins, CMMC
Certified Massachusetts Municipal Collector
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The purpose of a Quarterly Real Estate and Personal Property tax payment system provides taxpayers with greater certainty about payment due dates and communities with a more evenly distributed level of income throughout the fiscal year. Under a quarterly tax payment system, a city or town substantially reduces if not eliminates costly short-term borrowing in anticipation of tax (TANS) revenue and generally increases investment income. Quarterly billing was accepted by Monson voters at Town Meeting in 1992. Its implemention has proven to extremely successful for this municipality and continues to provide an even cash flow.
2nd QUARTER PRELIMINARY ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX BILLS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015 are due and payable on November 3, 2014. Any bill remaining outstanding after the due date will be charged interest at a rate of 14% as required by Massachusetts General Laws on Taxation. Questions on assessments, exemptions or abatements should be directed to the Monson Board of Assessors' office at (413)267-4120. Questions on payments or payment arrangements should be directed to the Town Collector's office at (413)267-4119. The Community Preservation Act [CPA], as well as unpaid Trash
Liens,Trash Lien Interest, Water Liens, Sewer Liens and Utility Interest [MGL: Chapter 40, Section 58] are now part of Special Assessments billed and calculated on the Actual Real Estate Tax bills mailed out in January of each Fiscal Year. All mail payments, using the enclosed return envelope, go to our Lockbox Company [Lighthouse Financial] in Woburn, MA.
Drop-Off Payment Boxes now located at , the Monson Woodbine Country Store, the Monson Free Library and the Monson Senior Center and Adams/IGA Supermarket. Payments Boxes are for CHECK Payments Only.
Please take the opportunity to make a donation to the Town of Monson Scholarship Fund and Senior/Disabled Fund along with payment of your taxes.
MUNICIPAL LIEN CERTIFCATE FEES INCREASE TO $50.00, EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009.
With the acceptance of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40, Section 22F at the Town of Monson's Annual Town Meeting of May 11, 2009 and by the unanimous vote of the Monson Board of Selectmen at their meeting of June 9, 2009, Municipal Lien Certificate fees increased from $25.00 to $50.00, effective July 1, 2009. Verbal tax information will not be provided until a check for an MLC and a written request has been received by the Tax Office.
2015 WATER/SEWER BILLS (July 1, 2014 thru September 30, 2014) ) are due and payable on Friday, November 21, 2014. Payments not received by the due date will be charged interest at a rate of 14%, as required by town accepted By-Law. Questions on usage or readings should be directed to the Water/Sewer Department at (413)267-4130. Questions on payments or payment arrangements should be directed to the Town Collector's office. Any delinquent balance remaining outstanding at the end of the Fiscal Year will become a lien on actual Real Estate Tax bills for Fiscal Year 2015. [Massachusetts General Law: Chapter 40, Section 58]. Accepted at Special Town Meeting in March 1987.
2014 MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE TAX BILLS are due on March 21, 2014 for the 1st Commitment of Calendar 2014. Any bill remaining outstanding after the due date will be charged interest at a rate of 12% as required by Massachusetts General Laws on taxation. Application for abatement or refund must be filed with the Board of Assessors in writing on an approved form. Abatement applications are also available on line at the Board of Assessors' Web Page for downloading. Filing of an Application for Abatement does not stay payment of
the tax. Monson Board of Assessors (413)267-4120. All mail payments, using the enclosed return envelope, go our Lockbox processing center in Woburn, MA.
2015 TRASH COLLECTION BILLS FOR THE 1st HALF YEAR are due and payable on Monday, October 27, 2014. These bills represent Trash Collection services from July 1, 2014 thru December 31, 2014 . Anyone wishing to file for an abatement must do so by filling out the required information on the reverse side of the Trash bill. Abatement applications are also available on line on the Town Collector's Web Page and also on the Web Page of the Board of Health. Interest will be charged at a rate of 14% from the billing date on overdue accounts, as required by town accepted By-Law. Questions on abatements, exemptions, payments or payment arrangement should be referred to the Town Collector's office. Outstanding Delinquent Trash charges will become a lien on Real Estate Tax bills. A lien will
be placed on any property for failure to apply for an abatement in accordance with the Trash Rules and Regulations set forth by the Monson Board of Health. [MGL: Chapter 40, Section 58]
Winter Over Night Parking Permits are required at Dave Grieve Park by December 1st of each calendar year. Orange Permits must be purchased at the office of the Town Collector for $5.00 and displayed somewhere visibly on the parked vehicle. Any unauthorized vehicle will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.
What are the responsibilities, qualifications and biographies of the Town Collector's office staff?
The Town Collector is a public official who is appointed by the Finance Director, with approval from the Board of Selectmen. As an official of the town, together with excises, betterments, special assessments and certain other charges which are added to and committed as taxes has the responsibility to collect all committed amounts under Massachusetts General Laws on Taxation. With the acceptance of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 41, Section 38A by Monson at a Town Meeting vote in February 1986, the scope of authority broadened allowing the collector under the title of the Monson Town Collector to collect all accounts due to the municipality. Acceptance of these provisions in a municipality establishes a greater fiscal responsibility and provides for a bonded official, namely the collector, to assume the
responsibility for the collection of all billed revenue due and owing to the town, such as certain license fees, user's fees, permits and other departmental receivables which have been committed for collection. The Collector is a member of the Financial Components for the Town of Monson which consists of the Accountant, Assessor, Collector, Treasurer and the Town Administrator.
Serving the Town of Monson for 28 years as Town Collector, Dorothy P. Jenkins is a graduate of Northampton Junior College, Class of 1969, with a major in Executive Secretarial Science and an Alumnus of American International College, earning her degree in 1976. Mrs. Jenkins worked for over 15 years as a Marketing Analyst and Sales Representative in the Telecommunications Industry (New England Telephone Company and AT&T) before becoming Monson's newly established Town Collector in 1986. She is a State Certified Massachusetts Municipal Collector, and has served 4 Terms as a member of the Education Committee for the State of Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association. She teaches classes in Collections and monitors presentations at UMASS for this State
Association. As past member of the Education Committee, she assisted in the coordination of programs and classes related to the education, training, testing and Certification of the members of the Association. This Committee coordinates the Annual School at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, the Annual Summer Conference in Hyannis, MA, and plans regular meetings with the Executive Director of the MCTA. Dorothy also has membership with the Northeast Regional Tax Collectors and Treasurers Association and serves as a member of the Hampden County Municipal Collectors and Treasurers Association.
Kathy J. Carr, Assistant Town Collector, has served the Town of Monson for 28 years and is one of the first State Certified Massachusetts Municipal Assistant Collectors, earning her Certification in 2004. She has a background in Retail Sales and Banking, working for Monson Savings Bank before accepting her position with the Town of Monson. Mrs. Carr holds an active membership with the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association, as well as the Hampden County Municipal Collectors and Treasurers Association.
Kathleen D. Nothe, Part-Time Clerk, has rejoined our staff, We welcome her once again. Kathy is a retired Vice President of Bank of America. We are so very fortunate to have Kathy return to our team. Her customer service skills are a tremendous asset to this operation, A pleasure to work with, our taxpayers certainly appreciate Kathy's outgoing personality and positive attitude.
"This definitely rounds out an exceptional staff that provides years of knowledge and professional experience in assisting the taxpayers of Monson with their payment obligations to the Town of Monson."
What is the Authority of the Collector?
The Massachusetts General Laws, most notably Chapters 40, 41, 44, 58, 59, 60, 60A, 80 and 90 provide the manner through which the collector derives the authority to proceed to collect and enforce the collection of taxes committed to them. "The collector's lot is neither easy nor popular as they must compel payment of the taxes as levied or assessed by the proper authority. Regardless from whom the taxes are due, they are to be collected and accounted for in the manner decreed by law." The collector must avail themselves of all statutory remedies to enforce the collection. A collector who is acting in "good faith" cannot sit passively and merely receive such taxes as may be paid voluntarily, but must make an honest effort to enforce the collection under the powers conferred upon them or provided under the statutes. Most collection categories are due 30 days from issue. Interest is charged at a rate of 12% or 14% on delinquent accounts, depending on the tax or miscellaneous
collection. Upon the issuance of Demand Notices, additional collection fees are added to delinquent accounts as provided by Law. Certain delinquent collection categories are referred to the Deputy Sheriff for the servicing of Collection Warrants, authorized by State Statue. The bonded Deputy Sheriff for the Town of Monson is Jeffery & Jeffery, Deputy Tax Collectors, P.O. Box 720, Ware MA 01082 (413)967-9941 - Office Hours Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Payments that are on warrant for collection must be paid by money order or certifed bank check. No personal checks can be accepted. All cash payments must be paid directly to the Deputy Tax Collector at their office located at 137 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082.
The following are the categories and areas that the Town Collector is responsible for in Billing, Collecting and Processing.
COLLECTIONS EXCEED $14,000,000 DOLLARS PER YEAR -- WITH A COLLECTION INDEX OF OVER 99%
First Town Department to Establish Network Capabilities Within Office
Real Estate Tax Billing and Collection [Quarterly Billing]
Implemented and Automated CRT [Collector's Revenue Turnover]
Personal Property Tax Billing and Collection [Quarterly Billing]
Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Billing and Collection
Interacts Daily with the Town's Bonded Deputy Sheriff
On-Line Payment Options
On-Line Connections to the Registry of Deeds and the Registry of Motor Vehicles
Instituted and Monitors Payment Drop-Off Boxes Throughout the Town
Water and Sewer Billing and Collection [Quarterly Billing]
Remote Access to Water/Sewer Department for Downloads of Retrieved Data Usage
Prepares Quarterly Billing Commitment Warrants for the Water/Sewer Department
Trash Billing and Collection [Semi-Annual Billing]
Community Preservation Act [CPA] Billing and Collection
Trash Lien Interest
Utility Interest Liens
Prepares Trash Billing Commitment Warrants for the Board of Health
Supplemental Real Estate Taxes
Parking Ticket Fine Violations
Parking Permits [Seasonal Dec. 1st thru April 1st]
Cross Alter Permits
Zoning Enforcement Violation Fines
Smoke/Tobacco Violation Fines
Animal Control Violation Fines
Wood Boiler Violation Fines
Marijuana Violation Fines
Real Estate Roll-Back Taxes
Payment in Lieu of Taxes
Omitted Real Estate Taxes
Experienced Collection Techniques
Miscellaneous Taxes Paid After Abatement
Bar Coded, Addressed Return Payment Envelopes Accompany all Bills
Taxpayers Kept Informed by use of the Web-Site, News Media, and Public Access T.V.
Provide On-Line Payment Capability for Taxpayers Choosing to Access the Internet
Transmission of Data Files to all Banks, Mortgage Companies and Tax Services
Prepares Daily Cash Deposits and Remote Deposit Capture on all Electronic Deposits
Submits Bi-Weekly Turnovers to Town Treasurer
Prepares Bill Schedules to the Town Accountant
Monthly Reconciliations with the Town Accountant
Attends Finance Committee Budgetary Meetings when asked
Prepares Bi-Monthly Payroll Sheets for the Collector's Department
Oversees all 5 of the Computer Collection Programs with the Town's Software Vendor
Acts as a Data Collection Center and Verification Area for other Town Departments
Scholarship Fund Contributions
250th Birthday Celebration Contributions
Municipal Lien Certificates [All Property Sales, Transfers and Refinancing] - $50.00 no verbals without written request.
Maintains Collector's Revolving Fund
Registry of Motor Vehicle Marking Fees
Facilitates the Usage of both the Pitney Bowes and Duplo Equipment for Town Departments
Quarterly Reports to Town Departments Utilizing Postage & Bulk Mail Discounts
Assists in Maintaining Informational Updates to the Town's Web-Site
Coordinates the Selling and Inventory of Compost Bins and Trash Recycling Bins
Assists with the Bi-Annual Implementation of "Bulk Item Day" with the Board of Health
An Advisor to the Board of Health in coordinating the Trash Billing Program
Reviews All Trash Abatement Applications and Prepares Warrants for BOH
Intra-Communication with Town Departments at all Levels
Bank Research Fees
Tracking and Redeeming Receipt of Dishonored Checks
Interest on Delinquent Accounts
Researches and Prepares Legal Advertisements for Tax Takings
Prepares Instruments of Taking for Tax Title Filings at the Registry of Deeds
Tax Payment Summaries for Income Tax Filings
Collection Warrants to Deputy Sheriff
Recyclable Bulk Items ("Bulky Day")
Sanctions all Authorized Abatement and Refund Transactions
Remoste Deposit Access
Lockbox Payments [Lighthouse Financial]
250th Anniversary Town of Monson Books - available for purchase