The Board of Assessment Appeals is an official municipal agency that is designed to serve as an appeal body for taxpayers who believe that the town assessor erred in the valuation of their properties or erroneously denied them exemptions. The Board meets twice a year, in March to hear Real Estate, Motor Vehicles on the Supplemental List and Personal Property disputes. The board also meets in September to hear Motor Vehicle disputes on the Regular Motor Vehicle list. Applications are required for the March meeting and are available online or in the Assessor’s office February 1st and are do back by February 20th. Applications for the September meeting are not required, but are appreciated for scheduling purposes and are also online or in the Assessor's office.
For Real Estate appeals if an appraisal (not used to obtain a mortgage) is presented it must have values as of the last revaluation which was October 1, 2016, as that is what your assessment is based on. An appraisal is not necessary to meet with the Board. Information necessary to substantiate your assessment adjustment to the Board is necessary. Such information would be an appraisal with values from the last revaluation or sales preceding the date of the Revaluation. The Board’s responsibility is to review your assessment only and not compare it with other properties in town. The factors used in assessing your property are similar to the ones used in selling your property and keep in mind each property is unique.