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Darien's 50 Highest Business Property Taxpayers

Here are the 50 businesses in town with the highest assessments on "personal property"—a misnomer for equipment, furnishings and other non-real estate property owned by businesses (not individuals) and taxed by municipalities.

The biggest taxpayer in Darien isn't an owner of a Maserati, and it isn't a country club—it's the electric utility, Connecticut Light & Power, which pays taxes on $86.4 million in assessed property.

That's more than all the other taxable business equipment, furniture and fixtures in the rest of town, combined. The total assessed value of that kind of property, incongruously callled "personal property" by Connecticut's taxing bureaucracy: $160,292,606.

The other $73.8 million in taxed personal property in Darien is mostly owned by the next 49 top-ranked businesses in town. No. 2 on the list is also a utility—Aquarion Water Co., assessed at $7.8 million—as is Yankee Gas, a provider of natural gas and ranked No. 4 at $3.7 million.

Stop & Shop is listed twice on the list—once for each of its two supermarkets in town. The Noroton Heights supermarket, with $1.6 million in taxable, non-real estate property, is assessed at almost twice the size of the larger Stop & Shop in the Goodwives Shopping Center ($872,580).

The list has names familiar and less familiar to town residents: Darien's country clubs are on it, although not the . , with an assessment of $3.1 million and only in town for a few years, is the largest payer of business property taxes among retailers. Zotos International, the third-largest payer of personal property taxes ($5.8 million) is located in an office building on Tokeneke Road, just south of Interstate 95.

Several restaurants are also on the list: (No. 18) and chain restaurants (No. 31), Panera (No. 41) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (No. 50).

The list of highest personal property tax assessments is published by the Darien Assessor's Office (see attached PDFs).

Rank Business Address 70% Assessment 1 Connecticut Light & Power "Various locations" $86,421,310 2 Aquarion Water Co. of Connecticut "Various locations" $7,861,950 3 Zotos International 100 Tokeneke Rd. $5,885,000 4 540 Hoyt St. $3,163,120 5 Yankee Gas Service Company "Various locatios" $3,654,070 6 150 Ledge Rd. $3,117,510 7 300 Mansfield Ave. $2,156,810 8 Stop & Shop (see No. 12, below)
148 Heights Rd. $1,600,070 9 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Rd. $1,485,570 10 714 Boston Post Rd. $1,479,460 11 Portfolio Advisors 9 Old Kings Hwy. S. $1,279,690 12 Stop & Shop (see No. 8, above) 25 Old Kings Hwy. N. $872,580 13 Arrowhawk Capital Partners 1120 Boston Post Rd. $825,400 14 4 Butlers Island Rd. $778,430 15 1020 Boston Post Rd. $753,310 16 Group Inc. 987 Boston Post Rd. $645,130 17 #2 Inc. 264 Heights Rd. $587,220 18 1020 Boston Post Rd. $528,080 19 LLC 1474 Boston Post Rd. $513,160 20 J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA 165 Noroton Ave. $487,078 21 Inc. 181 West Ave. $484,000 22 CIT Technology Financing Service "Various" $474,110 23 Omnicom Group Inc. 120 Tokeneke Rd. $458,150 24 GE Capital Information Technology Solutions "Various locations" $449,680 25 Felix F. Callari Inc. ()
138 Ledge Rd. $445,070 26 LLC 722 Boston Post Rd. $416,680 27 547 Boston Post Rd. $405,000 28 1020 Boston Post Rd. $372,410 29 Applied Psychological Techniques 1 Thorndal Cir. $363,490 30 Inc. 72 Heights Rd. $342,830 31 Corp. 54 Boston Post Rd. $335,070 32 JB Darien LLC 24-5 Old Kings Hwy. N. $334,000 33 LLC 995 Boston Post Rd. $326,980 34 Deere Credit Inc. 538 Hollow Tree Ridge Rd. $324,220 35 Inc. 1127 Boston Post Rd. $323,360 36 Fiona LLC 416 Boston Post Rd. $320,250 37 CRA Rogers Casey Inc. 1 Parkland Dr. $309,950 38 Middlesex Road $300,000 39 Guggenheim Premises I LLC 28 Thorndal Cir. $299,900 40

Miller Automobile Corp. ()

1335 Boston Post Rd. $296,940 41 LLC 1063 Boston Post Rd. $290,740 42 HP Financial Services "Various locations" $290,670 43 G. R. Mishell Company LLC I-95 North rest stop $278,290 44 1500 Boston Post Rd. $277,460 45 Agricredit Acceptance Inc. "Various locations" $276,500 46 Inc. 1077 Boston Post Rd. $271,780 47 Geese LLC 972 Boston Post Rd. $266,700 48 Inc. 85 Old Kings Hwy. N. $250,000 49 53 Old Kings Hwy. N. $249,030 50 Chipotle Mexican Grill 71 Boston Post Rd. $241,905

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Editor's note: This article originally was published Thursday. The time stamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.

CHRIS February 09, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Again, who cares?
Siwanoy February 09, 2012 at 08:39 PM
We should take the money CLP is paying and use it to make sure we're better prepared for storms.. oh wait, that makes too much sense for to actually happen.

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