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14 Highest, Lowest Tax Collection Rates in CT; Is Paying Taxes Patriotic?

Counting down the towns with the highest and lowest tax collection rates. This week we’re also putting the question to you, the reader: is paying taxes a measure of patriotism?

Whether the act of taxation is patriotic or not (we did start a war of independence over the issue), each person paying their share in support of the community is the basis of our modern social contract.

Though sometimes painful, the act of supporting the community and greater good, even at one’s own expense, is the definition of American patriotism.

But is paying taxes overtly patriotic?

The lists above and below show the towns with the 14 highest and lowest collection rates, respectively, based on all outstanding taxes and grand lists. The lists also include the total taxes collected as a percent of the current fiscal year’s tax levy.

Check out the tax collection stats for every town in the state here.

What do you think? Is paying taxes patriotic?

Lowest Tax Collection Rates in CT


Plainfield
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 93.4 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 100 percent

Stafford
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 93.2 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 98.1 percent

North Canaan
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 92.9 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 98.4 percent

Meriden
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 92.8 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 99 percent

Waterbury
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 92.8 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 97.9 percent

Montville
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 92.6 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 95.8 percent

Beacon Falls
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 91.9 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 98.9 percent

Ansonia
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 91.5 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 99.2 percent

Plymouth
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 89.5 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 97.9 percent

New Britain
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 89.1 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 99.4 percent

Oxford
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 88.2 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 99.3 percent

Naugatuck
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 86.7 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 98.5 percent

Bridgeport
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 86.5 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 98.1 percent

Hartford
  • Rate as Percent of Outstanding Taxes: 86.1 percent
  • Collected as Percent of Levy: 96.5 percent

(Data based on figures from the state Office of Policy Management’s records on Municipal Fiscal Indicators from 2008-2012.)
Kurt Knapp June 16, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Who has a choice to pay taxes or not ? If you don't pay local taxes the municipality will seize your home. If you don't pay state taxes, likewise. If you don't pay Federal taxes, the IRS will assume you're guilty without trial, seize your property, your bank accounts and lien any assets you have. You can also end up in jail. Did I mention this is a free country ?
cheryl June 16, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Taxation in Ct especially in Hamden is out of control. They do have a plan and that plan is to fleece us all to forward their communist Marxist agenda. Where the gov owns it all and redistributes it as they see fit to their friends and will punish their enemies. That, my friends is a quote from the dictator in chief himself. That is the future. Baby step, a nudge here and there, and if that doesn't work they will shove and YOU WILL FEEL THEIR RATH all to promote their radical agenda.
John Sheehan June 16, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Waterford Tax Collection rate for FY2014 is 99.78%. Tax Collection Rate for FY2013 was 99.0% and for FY2012 it was 99.46%. I don't know what year these statistics are based upon but Waterford has always been 99% or better
Ted N June 16, 2014 at 01:55 PM
Only a politician would try to convince everyone that paying taxes is patriotic. Why then do the very wealthy(politicians and corporations included) hide their money in off shore accounts? The property taxes in this state are some of the highest in the country and do nothing but increases every year. They increase without any regard of the income or a families ability to pay. I wonder why p Just where has this gotten us? A state that is over taxed and where half the residents would move if they could. Is there anyone doing anything about the high cost of living here? Yes, its now being labeled as patriotic.
Craig Zac June 25, 2014 at 07:59 AM
NO paying taxes is not patriotic and collecting taxes is almost criminal! We get nothing in return for our taxes... no, we don't get roads, we don't get government services like all those agencies for every little thing (who apparently now also seem to all be armed and have the authority to shoot you for not complying) we don't get protection (unless you call pissing people off THEN fighting them off when they get fed up and attack us, protection) we actually get very little for the amount of taxes we pay. If our taxes went to all the above and even those not mentioned we'd only be paying out a 1/4 of what we are forced to give each week... so no, paying is NOT patriotic, you cannot force patriotism... and collecting taxes is criminal. And I say forced to pay because if you don't you will end up in prison or dead by the feds, the very people and equipment that the tax money bought and paid for! Stick em up sucka, I come fo yo taxes biotch!

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