Mount Kisco property owners’ tax bills may have been lost in the mail but that won’t excuse anyone from paying their taxes on time.
The deadline will remain July 1 even though the post office distribution center in White Plains lost the original bills in May.
Village Manager James Palmer said earlier this week that because the bills were misplaced duplicate bills were scheduled to be mailed out on Tuesday.
As a result of the error at the White Plains Regional Processing Center, new tax bills were hand delivered by the village to the Mount Kisco post office.
A June 10 letter from Mount Kisco Receiver of Taxes Joan Cerretani was sent to residents informing them of the delay. Information was also posted on the village’s website, through email blasts and on local cable television.
“As your receiver of taxes, I am very upset over this isolated issue with the post office and the loss of our village tax bills,” Cerretani stated in her letter. “However, please know I along with the treasurer and deputy treasurer have been working diligently over the past week with not only our local post office here in Mount Kisco, but also with representatives from the White Plains Processing Center to resolve this issue. The Postal Service has agreed to compensate the village for the cost of the additional handling.”
Despite the snafu, the village is unable to reset the deadline for payment of property taxes. Palmer noted that a municipality cannot change the date to receive its property taxes unless state lawmakers approve legislation. The taxes are due on July 1 this year because June 30, the usual deadline, falls on a Sunday, he said.
Mayor Michael Cindrich said he’d push for extended hours at the tax receiver’s office on July 1 to allow residents to pay their property taxes in person.
Along with in-person payments, property owners can also pay their taxes by mail and e-mail, Palmer said.