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Beginning Monday, Feb. 3, taxpayers may file appeals of taxable real estate, motor vehicles and personal property used in business. Any taxpayer wishing to file an appeal must submit a petition in writing to the Board of Assessment Appeals (Assessor’s Office – Town Hall, Room 18, 240 Kensington Road).
If you wish to appeal your assessment but are unable to go to Town Hall in person, call the Assessor’s Office at 860-828-7067 to request a petition.
Petitions must be received by the Assessor’s Office no later than Thursday, Feb. 20.
The Board of Assessment Appeals will be hearing taxpayer appeals throughout the month of March. Should you file an appeal, you will be notified by the Assessor’s Office of your hearing date and time. You must appear in person or be represented by an authorized, pre-designated agent. You do not need a lawyer.
At the hearing, the taxpayer has the burden to prove the assessment is incorrect and should be adjusted. Therefore, you should come to your hearing prepared with written documentation. For real estate, this can include a recent appraisal or sales contract for the property. Evidence of recent sales information from similar properties is also helpful. For motor vehicles, sales agreements, bills of sale, evidence of mileage and photographs of the vehicle are all helpful.
If your property is wrongly assessed, the Board of Assessment Appeals is your sole remedy, and now is the time to get it fixed. Please don’t wait until receiving your inflated tax bill in July, as it will be too late.
Paul Argazzi is chairman of the Board of AssessmentAppeals.