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How To Pay a Bill in the Town of Princeton
In Person
To pay your bill in person, you must visit the Collector’s Office in the Bagg Hall, 6 Town Hall Drive, Princeton, MA  01541-1137.  If you want a receipt for your payment, bring the entire bill to the office.  
 
By Mail
Tax bills may be mailed to the office at 6 Town Hall Drive, Princeton, MA  01541-1137.  Please include the remittance copy in order to ensure that your payment is properly credited.

Mail slot in Town Hall door
There is a locked box located in the front door of Bagg Hall.  Payments that are left in the box after tax due date cut-off time will be credited to your account as of the next business day.  Please be aware of the due date of your bill and the time of day in order to ensure that your payment is credited to avoid late charges.  
 
Pay Bills On-Line
Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicle Excise bills may be paid on-line using a town-sponsored site that can be accessed from the Home Page of this web site   

Have your bill in front of you, because you will need to enter the bill number.

There is a .25 bank fee for a payment made by electronic transfer from your checking account.  Please follow the directions on the payment site and make sure you are entering the correct numbers from your checkbook.  DO NOT use the numbers on a debit card, which are not the same as your checking account number.

You may also pay using your MasterCard or Discover card, but if you want to use this payment method, you will have to pay the fees that are charged by the credit card companies.
For your protection, neither the Town of Princeton nor UniBank stores payment information.

Confirmation Information:  The confirmation that you will receive from UniBank verifies only that the bank has received your payment information, but does not confirm the electronic transmission of funds.  

Errors and/or Insufficient Funds:  The confirmation that you will receive from UniBank verifies only that the bank has received your payment information, but does not confirm the electronic transmission of funds.  Occasionally, we are notified that a transaction has been reversed because an invalid account or routing number was used.  In this situation, we must also reverse the payment, leaving your bill unpaid.  If this happens, we will notify you by e-mail so that you can reissue the payment either on-line or by sending a check to the Collector’s Office.  If an on-line payment must be reversed because of insufficient funds, the Town of Princeton will charge the statutory penalty of $25, just as we would for a check returned for this reason.

Bank On-Line Payment Systems
Some residents prefer to pay their municipal bills by using on-line systems offered by their bank. We will accept these payments. If possible do one payment per bill. If we cannot determine which bill you are paying, we will mail your check back to you and ask that you return it with the appropriate bill form.

In order to avoid having these types of checks returned to you, please make sure that it is clear what type of bill is being paid, please include the bill number and year.

Cash Payments
Please do not send cash by mail.  Please do not leave cash in the mail slot.  If you wish to pay in cash, the safest way to do so is to pay at the office during normal business hours.

Checks
The Town of Princeton accepts only checks that are made payable to “Princeton”.  We do not accept checks made payable to a third party, even with an endorsement.  This is simply good business practice.  Most of the time, we can accept personal checks in payment of your bills.  The following occasions are exceptions.  In these cases, delinquents would have received letters advising them as to the acceptable methods of payment.

Late Motor Vehicle Excise Tax
If you have been marked at the Registry of Motor Vehicles and cannot renew either your license or automobile registration because of an outstanding Motor Vehicle Excise bill, we cannot accept payment for a tax bill that has already been turned over to the Deputy Tax Collector. You will need to contact call Cheryl Noel, Deputy Tax Collector, at 413-477-6986.
The Registry of Motor Vehicles will notify you if you have a marked bill.

Check Dates  
When you make a payment with any type of check, the check must be dated no later than the date on which you are tendering payment.  We cannot accept checks which are post-dated, that is, are dated in the future.  Please remember this when you make out your check.  If you send us a post-dated check, it will be returned to you, and we will ask you to change the date and to initial your change.

Insufficient Funds Checks
Any check which is returned to this office and, for whatever reason, is not honored by the payer’s bank, will be subject to the statutory penalty as outlined in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 60, Section 57A.  The penalty is 1% of the face value of the check with a minimum charge of $25.

If your check is returned to us, we will not redeposit it until we have collected the $25 penalty charge.  If the penalty is not paid, we will charge back the payment to the appropriate account.  
If the insufficient funds check was in payment of a tax bill, and if the payment due date has passed, interest and all other applicable fees will be charged to the account.

Credit Card Payments
Payment by credit card may be made only through the on-line payment system, and only using a MasterCard or Discover credit card.  A convenience fee will be charged by the credit card company and must be paid by the bill payer.

Timely Payments
Payments must be received in the Collector’s Office by the due date in order to be considered “on time.”  Postmarks are never accepted.  This policy is in accord with the ruling of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue on what constitutes “timely payments.”     


 

Town of Princeton, 6 Town Hall Drive, Princeton, MA 01541