16 Highest Mill Rates in Connecticut

The highest mill rate in the state is more than seven times the lowest.

This week’s list counts down the 16 highest mill rates in Connecticut, ranging from 34.99 to a high of 74.29 at No. 1.

A few small-to-medium towns made the list, though most of the highest mill rates were found in Connecticut’s cities and larger towns.
Connecticut's 16 Lowest Mill Rates

(Property taxes are calculated as the number of mills for every $1,000 of assessed value. A home in Meriden assessed at $500,000 owed $17,495 in 2013.)

In order from lowest to highest, among 169 municipalities, Brookfield's mill rate ranks 62 at 25.4.

The list does not include boroughs, fire or special tax districts in the mill rates.

Next week: Lowest Taxes Paid in 2013 (mill rates applied to median home values)
Bystander January 27, 2014 at 02:27 PM
And yet ANOTHER reason that Meriden sucks!
Brent February 03, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Where does the patch get their information? This is not even close to accurate. Go to http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2987&q=385976 for the facts
John Smith February 03, 2014 at 08:14 AM
Another reason to LEAVE CT. I tell every college kid and 20 something I see to get out before they get trapped here.
Brian Toohey February 03, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Why were boroughs left out? Who didn't want it known that the good old Borough of Naugatuck is the 3rd highest mil rate in the state?
Matt February 04, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Manchester comes in at 17th highest - but it is worth it! Consider the impeccable upkeep of roads and infrastructure! There is not a road in town that won't remove an axle from your car (or bend its frame at the very least) if you are not careful - and not a town owned property or building that is not in desperate need of updating and repair. That is why it is so important that we spend millions on a new and improved library (if town officials had their way) when we do not maintain the two we already have! And how about all those flood lights that were left burning until all hours throughout the night at the high school football field in the dead of winter - now THAT is worth paying for! (Explanation - oops ground's maintenance forgot to check the timers, and that explanation came only after an inquiry to the town was re-routed at least a dozen times throughout city hall - ah! our tax paying dollars at work within a well organized and well run machine! Oh and it was decided the timers would be checked and adjusted so as not to have the lights on when it was not necessary - gee thanks!) Maybe all of the residents should boycott paying their taxes until the roads are made passable and we can have some proof our tax dollars are not being wasted? Even suggesting that could happen makes me laugh uncontrollably.
Danny Greenlaw February 06, 2014 at 09:23 AM
I think the highest mill rate towns is somewhat misleading. I realize you calculate it on a base rate, however by doing that you are rewarding towns that have variable totals. For example you exclude West Haven as they have a "base rate" of 31.25 mills which sounds good. However, they have 3 districts and they add a district rate that means the lowest anyone would pay in West Haven is 39.63 mills. That would make them the 7th highest in Connecticut. Since there is no way for a West Haven taxpayer to avoid the district tax, the combined mill rate should be included in this calculation to give at least a true base figure, and even if you use their lowest possible payment it would give a truer indication. You also missed Naugatuck with their 44.8 mill rate. If you want a list of all Connecticut town mill rates that is sortable and has links to more details about each towns mill rate breakdown you should go here http://rapidappraisalinc.com/connecticut/
Happy Percy February 09, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Granby just misses but not for long. Just can't figure why State Line Oil and Propane is in the top ten. The BLIGHT at State Line Oil would get anyone else fined, especially if taxes aren't being pain on the eye sore of 4 Continentals and 1 BMW, good start of a Junkyard!


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