The purpose of the Assessor's office is to discover, list, and value all real estate, business personal property, and motor vehicles in a uniform, equitable manner, conforming to State and Federal standards and mandates. The established tax base provides for approximately one-half of the total Town budget; payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) provide for additional funding. PILOT fund applications are provided largely by the Assessor's office, i.e. values generated and reported for properties owned by the State, manufacturing facilities, as well as elderly, veterans, and disabled homeowners.
The Assessor's office conducts monthly sales ratio analysis reports for the State Office of Policy and Management while maintaining and updating ownership and mapping records. Assessment information and technical assistance are provided to property owners, attorneys, developers, realtors, other departments, and the Board of Assessment Appeals on a frequent and regular basis.
State law now requires revaluations every five years, which must comply with CT Standard Performance Regulations and meet several statistical tests of compliance.
This office also administers several local and state exemption programs, including farm and forestry; veterans, blind and totally disabled; ambulance-type motor vehicles; commercial motor vehicles.
The Assessor's Department provides announcements of filing dates/criteria for several programs:
- Elderly Homeowners Tax Relief
- Personal Property Declarations
- Farm and Forest (Public Act 490)
- Veterans, Blind and Totally Disabled Taxpayers
- Manufacturing Equipment
- Ambulatory Type Motor Vehicles
- Documentation necessary for taxpayers to provide to receive motor vehicle credits
- Explanation of supplemental motor vehicle program
- Grand List totals; Top taxpayers lists
- Explanations/definitions of fair market value/revaluation process
- Legislative changes in any of listed programs
- Fees for copies of maps, property record cards, etc.