There are a couple of important Town notices worth sharing.
Southborough Real Estate taxes and Water Bills are due this coming Monday. (For some, those bills may have been delivered in the same envelope.) The Town is again offering a process for paying in person. This time, the venue is Cordaville Hall.
If you plan to apply for a tax abatement, that application is also due on Monday. (You can find the details and application here.)
If you want to support the Tax Relief fund or the Town Scholarship program, there are donation options on the back of the tax bill (or you can do that online here.)
Pay Your Taxes in Person Friday, January 29th from 8:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. and Monday, February 1st from 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. at the Senior Center at 9 Cordaville Road. Please enter in the rear of the building through the ramp and continue to the main meeting room. A member of the Finance Team will be there to assist you. . . Masks and social distancing [required].
In person payment is only allowed by checks, made out to the Town of Southborough. If you have any questions, please reach out to Assistant Treasurer-Collector David Birri at email@example.com.
For those who prefer to pay online (including by credit card), you can do that directly through the Town’s Unipay online billing system here.
Town Census – return this week
The Annual Street Listing form was mailed out this month. Although the envelope refers to a Census, don’t confuse this with the 2020 U.S. Census. This is the Town’s annual data collection. In the past, Town Clerk Jim Hegarty explained:
State law requires us to conduct a Street Listing of every resident in the town. This street listing helps the town when grants and state aid to cities and towns are considered.
He also noted in the past that if you don’t respond to the first mailing that’s due at the end of January:
We are required to send a separate postcard with a second return postcard with prepaid postage to every registered voter at that address. You can see that this extra step adds quite a bit of extra expense to your taxes!
The Town’s census is much quicker to complete than the once-per-decade federal questionnaire. All that’s required by you is to review the information, make any necessary corrections, sign, and return it to the Southborough Town Clerk’s office. (Sign and return the form even if no corrections are required.)
The form instructs that residents can scan the form and email it in. The Town Clerk’s office confirmed, you can also snap a photo and email it. (Of course, snail mail is also still allowed using the enclosed return envelope. Plus, you can use the Town’s green mail box pictured above right.)
As the envelope points out, those who ignore the census for two years could be purged from the voter registration list. That doesn’t mean that completing the census will register you or change your registration. (The back of the form provides the URL for information on voter registration.)
Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the Town Clerk’s office at (508) 485-0710 x 3005.