16 Lowest Mill Rates in Connecticut

Towns big and small make our list of the lowest mill rates in the state.

Graphic: Aaron Boyd
Graphic: Aaron Boyd
By Aaron Boyd

The slideshow above counts down the 16 lowest mill rates in Connecticut — the towns with the lowest property tax rates, if not the lowest property values.

For instance, while many of the lowest mill rates were from smaller towns, larger suburbs like Greenwich and New Canaan also make the list. Property values are higher on average in those towns, leading to larger grand lists and lower mill rates.

(Property taxes are calculated as the number of mills for every $1,000 of assessed value. A home in No. 2 Greenwich valued at $500,000 has a property tax bill of $5,337.50; a home of the same value in No. 15 Bridgewater has a bill of $8,750.)

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

Next week: 16 Highest Mill Rates in Connecticut
Observor January 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM
A very simple lesson. Want a low mill rate? You have two choices. 1. Be a wealthy suburb of New York City where lots of people don't use the public schools. 2. Have a lot of filthy rich people buy big, expensive weekend houses in your town and pay the freight for everyone else while not using your public schools.
Big K January 19, 2014 at 08:59 AM
Consider the Value of their properties and it all works out the same. It take so much monies to run a town, no matter where you live. The more the "Grand List" the less the mill rate.
Jay January 19, 2014 at 09:16 AM
This story is misleading. The assessed value of each house changes each five years with required reassessments in each town . T The mill rate is essentially determined by the unfunded monetary amount of the town's budget divided into the gross assessed value of all property - real estate, cars and "private property". The only real way to demonstrate comparable town taxes is to establish a single standard model house to be used statewide to apply that town's mill rate against other towns valuation of that standard model house . There are too many variables with just looking at the mill rate to make an honest comparison.


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