What is a Lien?

A lien is a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of debt. Tax liens are superior to mortgage liens. Liens are filed with the Town Clerks office and will remain in effect until all taxes, interest and fees are paid in full. Liens are subject to foreclosure and/or tax sale. Per policy of the Collector of Revenue office, everyone with a Real Estate Tax balance as of May each year will have a lien filed with Town Clerk. There is a $24 recording fee for the lien per State Statute 12-176.

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1. If I am paying more than one tax bill, do I need a separate check for each account?
2. How is my tax calculated?
3. What if I received a tax bill for real estate I no longer own?
4. If I received a real esate tax bill for my property and my bank is responsible for making payment, what should I do?
5. Are there tax discounts for elderly residents?
6. Why did I get a Motor Vehicle Supplemental Tax Bill at the end of December?
7. What if I do not pay the tax bill on time?
8. What is a Lien?