Board of Assessment Appeals Information
The assessment of your Real Estate is 70% of the Market Value as of October 1, 2011 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, 2013.
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 2012 Grand List for Real Estate and the 2011 Supplemental Motor Vehicle List is in March, 2013. The 2012 Regular Motor Vehicle List is heard in September, 2013.
The Taxpayer must submit a written application to meet with the Board of Assessment Appeals. The applications for Real Estate on the 2012 Grand List and 2011 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, 2013. Once the application has been received the applicant will be contacted with date and time of their appointment.
The Board meets in March. 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 with values from 2011 (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.
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 2 months of the Board’s Action date.
If you have any further questions, the Assessor’s phone number is (860) 355-9379, email email@example.com or mail at P.O. Box 171, Bridgewater, CT 06752. Our hours of business are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am until 12:30pm, Tuesday 8am until 3:30pm and closed on Thursday.
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