Q&A with....David Kluczwski, the new town tax collector
Published 12:00 am, Friday, April 21, 2017
FAIRFIELD — David Kluczwski may not be everyone’s favorite person, especially when those property tax bills start showing up in the mailbox. But, the former manager for the UConn men’s basketball team can’t be all bad.
Kluczwski, officially appointed by the Board of Selectmen at their Wednesday meeting, was hired at the end of February for the tax collector’s job, an annual salary of $74,841. Prior to working in Fairfield, Kluczwski served for four years as the tax collector in Berlin. Before that, he worked as a tax clerk in the town of Southington from 2009 to 2012.
Kluczwski, 33, is not the only thing new in the Tax Collector’s office. There is now a kiosk in the lobby of Old Town Hall for taxpayers’ convenience.
Q: What can taxpayers do at the kiosk in the lobby of Old Town Hall?
A: They can search their tax balances by name or address. They can pay their taxes at the kiosk by credit card or e-check. Like most towns, a convenience fee applies that gets charged by the credit card payment vendor providing the service, whether paying online or at the kiosk.
Taxpayers can also access the (Department of Motor Vehicles’) website to check the status of their registration or to re-register their vehicle online. These are new online features the DMV has added with the upgrade of their system.
The installation of the kiosk will now provide taxpayers with the great convenience of paying their taxes as well as re-registering their vehicle all in one place without having to travel to the DMV.
Q: What are the other options available to residents to pay their taxes, if they don’t mail them in or come by in person?
If paying online, it is done in the same manner as the kiosk at town hall. Taxpayers would access the same online database to look up and pay their taxes, as well as incur the same convenience fee for this service, 2.95 percent for credit cards and 95 cent flat fee for e-checks.
If paying at a People’s Bank, they require it’s paid during the collection month with the original bill and they accept payments in cash or check. This is an added convenience as payments can be made at any People’s branch including Stop & Shop branches with extended hours.
Q: Who are the people who still want to hand over their tax payment in person?
A: These are the taxpayers that desire an immediate receipt or those who have questions about their bill and prefer to have it answered in person.
Q: What are some of the biggest misconceptions people have about their tax bill?
A: One possible misconception is that they might be unaware that different types of tax bills cover different time periods. For example, real estate bills are collected in quarterly installments and each bill covers three months in advance from the date it becomes due. Whereas motor vehicle tax bills are in arrears. The upcoming motor vehicle tax bills become due on July 1 in two installments, however it is based on ownership of vehicles dating back to October 1, 2016.
Another possible misconception is how truly important a resident’s tax payment is because the combination of payments made by residents for property taxes covers approximately 92 percent of the town budget.
Q: The “tax man” is often seen as the bad guy; what’s something people should know about you as a person?
A: The “tax man” is also a family man. When I’m not at the office I have two amazing daughters and a wife that I enjoy spending my time with.
I also believe in the golden rule of “treat others the way you want them to treat you.” As Tax Collector, I plan on collecting the revenue the town needs to operate in a respectful, fair, and equitable manner.