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Norwalk considering hiring outside company to address improperly registered vehicles

Norwalk is exploring hiring an outside company to assist in identifying owners of motor vehicles that are registered out of state, according to Paul Gorman, Norwalk’s tax assessor, whose job it is to discover, list, and value taxable property.

“We are not outsourcing our tax collection,” he told NancyOnNorwalk. “We are considering hiring an outside company to help us identify motor vehicles that are not properly registered in Norwalk.”

Gorman said the move is necessary because “people tend to let their registrations lag behind their actual place of residence and also sometimes drive a vehicle that is not registered with the state or municipality of their current residence, as required by law.”

The financial impact of the initiative is predicted to be somewhat small compared to the tax assessor office’s overall budget; Gorman emphasized that the attempt is mainly about maintaining consistency and fairness in Norwalk’s tax system.

“If we know that there are residents who are not properly paying taxes, we should address the problem. In this case, the vendor will help address the problem while generating additional revenue,” he said.

The city is currently considering fee-based and percentage-share plans for pricing with private companies.

“By addressing improperly registered vehicles, Norwalk aims to uphold the integrity of its tax system and ensure every resident contributes their fair share,” Gorman said.

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4 responses to “Norwalk considering hiring outside company to address improperly registered vehicles”

  1. John O’Neill

    Common Sense Point — Why stop at a few automobiles? Why not hire a 3rd party to review Real Estate valuations in our wealthier sections of Norwalk? THAT’S where the real money is being lost. There are hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not milliions) given to our upper income residents by undervaluing their properties….
    Why not comb thru revaluation values in wealthier sections BEFORE they go out? I can’t fathom why that’s not done.

  2. Lewis Pennell

    It is about time.

  3. Jo Bennett

    Cut out the middleman and pay residents a bounty for reporting out-of-state plates. Just off the top of my head, I can think of one house a half mile away that has had 3 NY-registered cars since before the pandemic. This isn’t rocket science.

  4. James Cahn

    I’m calling it now. The only folks this has any chance of making money for is whichever 3rd party pitched this idea to the folks on East Ave. This idea is exemplary of bureaucratic overthink and over-reach. How exactly does this work? We drive around and scan license plates, determine that the plate is owned by someone who matches an address in Norwalk and then make them prove that they only live in Norwalk? What if I have another residence on Cape Cod and a vehicle registered in Massachusetts?

    Norwalk lacks the ability to go after illegal multifamily apartments because the presence of 15 people and 8 mail boxes screwed into the wall outside a residence taxed and zoned as being single family isn’t sufficient to determine that it’s being used as a multifamily apartment.

    Norwalk has an ordinance disallowing commercial vehicles from being parked overnight on residential streets. Yet it is completely ignored and unenforced making parking near impossible in some neighborhoods.

    Norwalk has a blight ordinance which is largely unenforced.

    Norwalk has a noise ordinance prohibiting construction prior to 7am which is never enforced and completely ignored by contractors.

    Norwalk has long stretches of streets lined with “No Parking” signs which are completely ignored and unenforced.

    Addressing any of these items is already feasible and the means and resources currently exist. Additionally, enforcing any or all of these could result in significant revenue for the city and improve our neighborhoods. What’s the average property tax bill on a car? $400-$500? You could make all the lost revenue in about 2 weeks by spending a night shift writing $100 tickets to the illegally parked commercial vehicles. But, now, in a Sherlock Holmesian twist, we’re going to reliably figure out which cars do and do not belong registered in Norwalk?

    Color me pessimistic.

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