Board of Assessment Appeals Information
for Assessment of Personal Property or Real Estate on the 2016 Grand List and Motor Vehicles on the 2015 Supplemental List
The Board of Assessment Appeals meets in MARCH and SEPTEMBER
Board of Assessment Appeals Information
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 and available in the Assessor’s office.
The assessment of your Real Estate is 70% of the Market Value as of October 1, 2016 which was the Town’s last revaluation. The assessment stays at the same amount unless changes have been made to your property. The assessment being contested is reflected on the bills you receive in June 2017.
Motor Vehicles are priced from the NADA books using the “clean retail value” and are also assessed at 70%.
Pricing and the Appeal of Assessments of Real Estate, Motor Vehicles and Personal Property are per Connecticut State Statutes. The hearings for the assessment for the 2016 Grand List for Real Estate, Personal Property and 2015 Supplemental Motor Vehicle List is in March 2017. The 2016 Regular Motor Vehicle List will be heard in September 2017.
The Taxpayer must submit a written application to meet with the Board of Assessment Appeals. The applications for Real Estate and Personal Property on the 2016 Grand List and the 2015 Motor Vehicle Supplemental list are available on line or in the Assessor’s office February 1st and are due back in the Assessor’s office by February 20th, 2017. Once the application has been received the applicant will be contacted with date and time of their appointment. The Board meets in March 2017.
The application to appeal the assessment of Motor Vehicles on the 2016 Grand list will be available the end of August 2017. Although applications are not required for these hearings, they are appreciated for scheduling purposes.
Each hearing is only ten to fifteen minutes long, so it is important to be prepared to present your appeal.
If a property owner feels his or her assessment is excessive, information pertaining to the value of the property should be provided at the time of the application so the Board will have time to review the information before your meeting.
For Real Estate some examples of information would be: an appraisal of the property (not used to obtain a mortgage) with values from 2016 (which is the date of the last revaluation), comparable sales (which are available in the Assessor’s office), photos or any informative information that would substantiate any adjustment the Board would make. In some cases the Board may make an appointment with the homeowner to do an inspection of the property being appealed.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 each property is unique.
Decisions of your hearing will not be made at the time of your appeal.
The Board will mail the property owner a determination of their appeal within two weeks of their appeal meeting.
If the property owner is not satisfied with the Board’s decision they may appeal the assessment with the Superior Court within TWO months of the Board’s Action date.
If you have any further questions, the Assessor’s phone number is (860) 355-9379, email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail at P.O. Box 171, Bridgewater, CT 06752. Our hours of business are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8am until 12:30pm, and Tuesday 8am until 3:30pm.