Treasurer's Mission Statement

Mission Statement
"To provide efficient, accurate and professional tax information and services to the taxpayers of Hartford"

About the Treasurer Position
The town treasurer is elected for a 3-year term and also serves as the Town School District Treasurer. Our town does not pay the treasurer on a fee basis, but votes to compensate the treasurer through the town budget process.

The town treasurer is responsible for the collection of current taxes. As collector of current taxes, the treasurer must keep separate accounts for town and school monies. The treasurer sends out notices to each individual taxpayer, stating the taxpayer's grand list value, tax rate, the amount of taxes payable, and when they are due. The bill includes the following notice:

Unpaid taxes are subject to interest at 1% per month through April. Interest increases in May to 1.5% per month. A penalty of 8% is charged after the February due date on any unpaid balances. These charges are established by statutes and the voters of the Town of Hartford. Within 20 days after the due date, the treasurer shall issue a warrant against the delinquent taxpayers for the taxes remaining unpaid to the collector of delinquent taxes. The original warrant is filed with the Town Clerk.

Record Keeping
The treasurer shall keep an account of moneys, bonds, notes and evidence of debt paid or delivered to him/her, and of moneys paid out by him/her for the town and the town school district, which accounts shall at all time be open to the inspection of persons interested. Moneys received by the town treasurer for the town can be invested by the treasurer. The treasurer receives the bill for the county tax assessment and within the time required on the warrant, pays the sum. The treasurer shall maintain good records, so as to provided historical facts for budgetary purposes.

The treasurer's records are available for audit purposes at any time. The town and school district are audited once a year by outside CPA firms.

The treasurer is required to post a bond, which is done through the town. The treasurer may appoint an assistant town treasurer and may revoke any such appointment at any time.