Stamford’s top tax delinquents owe $2.2 million combined


STAMFORD — The city’s top 10 property tax delinquents together owe nearly $2.2 million including interest and lien fees, according to data from the collector’s office.

Caritas Investment Limited Partnership, the listed owner of an island property on Wallacks Drive, owes the most: about $569,000 in taxes going back five years plus $194,000 in interest as of the end of August.

John A. Morgan owns the limited partnership, according to court filings over federal income taxes owed by him. 

Morgan — a descendant of J.P. Morgan and former President John Quincy Adams — bought the property in 1987. It is currently up for sale for $7,995,000, according to a listing on realtor.com. 

The 3.5-acre site includes a stone mansion built in the early 1900s, two guest houses, a pool, a greenhouse and a pier. 

The property has been listed on the market a number of times over the years. In 2011, it was listed for $18.9 million, according to realtor.com.

A message left at a phone number for Morgan was not returned.

No. 2 on the city’s list of top tax delinquents is the Italian Center of Stamford. The organization owes about $371,000 for two years of taxes and more than $44,000 in interest.

The center’s property, appraised at roughly $13 million, spans about 28 acres just south of the Merritt Parkway and includes several pools, tennis and pickleball courts, a basketball court, a miniature golf course and a playground. 

Executive Director Jonathan Hoch said the center “received a tax bill for the entire property which is clearly erroneous and our counsel is actively working with the City of Stamford Law Department to find an amicable solution to the issue.”

The tax bill “is part of a larger on-going discussion regarding the Italian Center’s status as a not-for-profit organization,” Hoch said in an email to The Stamford Advocate.

The other properties on the city’s list include single-family homes, apartment buildings and commercial buildings. None of the owners could be reached for comment.

Stamford’s top 10 tax-delinquent properties

Here are the total amount owed in taxes and interest:

1. 140 Wallacks Drive
$568,773.08 (tax), $194,270.71 (interest)

2. 1620 Newfield Ave.
$371,108.46 (tax), $44,411.39 (interest)

3. 1365 Rock Rimmon Road
$123,204.89 (tax), $151,176.02 (interest)

4. 60 Aberdeen St.
$61,324.83 (tax), $59,736.45 (interest)

5. 780 Summer St.
$110,322.45 (tax), $8,253.08 (interest)

6. 235 West Main St.
$102,091.02 (tax), $4,426.95 (interest)

7. 36 Atlantic St.
$101,080.89 (tax), $2,522.16 (interest)

8. 122 Brook Run Lane
$60,937.34 (tax), $30,519.45 (interest)

9. 0 Long Ridge Road
$38,965.13 (tax), $50,005.65 (interest)

10. 500 West Ave.
$78,129.17 (tax), $6,165.85 (interest)

Source: Stamford tax collector’s office


Bill Napoletano, Stamford’s director of tax and revenue collections, said that interest accrues at 1.5 percent per month — 18 percent per year. The interest rate is set by state law. After 15 years, a property “drops off” the collection list, he said.

“We have a delinquent collector who does a great job,” Napoletano said. “He will work with them to make payment plans at certain levels. … If we’re getting nowhere and people are not responding, then we usually at that point send them to our legal department and let our legal department handle the collections on the property.”

Once lawyers are involved and people have to pay attorney fees, they tend to start making payments, he said.

Napoletano said Stamford’s collection rate has hovered around 99 percent, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The city has an operating budget of more than $600 million, and property tax revenue funds most of it.  

Greenfield & Company Land Trust, the listed owner of a single-family property at 1365 Rock Rimmon Road, owes 15 years worth of taxes totaling about $123,000 and $151,000 in interest. The property’s appraised value is about $512,000. 

The owners of a single-family home at 60 Aberdeen St. owe about $61,000 in taxes and almost $60,000 in interest. They are 14 years behind on paying taxes for the property valued at slightly more than $336,000. 

About $61,000 for seven years of taxes and $30,500 in interest are owed for a single-family property at 122 Brook Run Lane, which belonged to a resident who is now deceased. The property is estimated to be worth about $587,000.



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