Assessor

The Assessor will be out of the office during the weeks of 5/20 & 6/24. Please also see the Town Hall calendar for scheduled holiday and closing due to Town Hall being a polling place.  Beth Taylor may assisting Monday-Thursday 9:00am-2:00pm.

Assessor:

Phone  860-376-3927

Assistant Assessor Beth Taylor
Email 
btaylor@voluntown.gov
Assistant Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

For a list of statutes governing assessment in the state of CT click here

Assessor’s Notice – Important Deadlines

Assessment Notices and BAA Petitions

2018 Assessment Notices will be mailed the last week in January 2019 to any owner of Real Estate or Personal Property whose property value realized an increase from 2017GL to 2018GL as well as owners of Personal Property being  assessed a 25% assessment penalty.  Assessment penalties equal to 25% the assessed value must, by state statute, be assessed for owners not filing a declaration or filing late (after November 1, 2018 without prior extension request approval).

Some of the most common reasons a Real Estate Notice of Increase may be issued are:

  • Property has sold and personal exemptions or tax relief granted to the previous owner have been removed from the account.
  • Land has been reconfigured i.e. combined, split, or a survey map recorded which corrects acreage
  • Land was classified as farm or forest under Public Act 490 and has changed ownership or use
  • Building improvements have been made
  • Errors in listing your property have been corrected i.e. number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square foot living area, outbuildings etc.

The reason for increase will be written on your notice.

Keep in mind, these notices represent updates to your account since 10/1/2017.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Assessor with questions, the notice will include values, contact information and deadline to enter a petition to appeal with the Board of Assessment Appeals.

The deadline to enter a Petition to the Board of Assessment Appeals for the 2018 Grand List is 2/20/2019 by 2:00pm.  Petitions for printing are listed below in the “Common Forms” section of this page.  When appealing to the BAA, please be sure to prepare evidence to submit at your hearing i.e. when appealing the assessment of your personal property, a completed declaration form with itemized listing, or when appealing real property assessments, a list of comparable properties etc…those are only two examples of the type of evidence which may be submitted.  

Circuit Breaker-Elderly and Totally Disabled Homeowner Tax Credit

2018 Income limits :   Single 36, 000   Married  43, 900

Documentation of all income must be supplied at the time an application is entered.

Filing period:  02/01/2019-05/15/2019

Assistance with applications is available BY APPOINTMENT

To qualify you must have reached the age of 65 on or by 12/31/2018 or been deemed Totally Disabled by the Social Security Administration or equal.

Property information( aka property record card) Vision Appraisal.

Owner/Assessment information are generally updated quarterly at this time

For access to tax maps visit NECCOG GIS

Assessor’s Maps are for department/tax information only; legal descriptions and survey maps are found in the Land Record/Office of the Town Clerk

The Voluntown Assessor’s office is responsible for the discovery, listing and valuation of all real estate, personal property and motor vehicles within the town in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes.  The Assessor’s office also administers various exemption programs.

Voluntown’s Current mill rate for the October 1, 2018 Grand List is 29.21

Real Estate:  Real estate is assessed at 70% of fair market value as of the date of last revaluation.  The last town-wide revaluation was conducted for the October 1, 2015 Grand List.  The next scheduled revaluation is for the October 1, 2020 Grand List.

Personal Property:  All owners of taxable Personal Property located in the Town of Voluntown are required to file a Personal Property Declaration with the Assessor on or before November 1st pursuant to CGS 12-41.  This includes all persons conducting business, professionals, occupations or trades, farmers, owners of unregistered motor vehicles, owners of non-Connecticut registered motor vehicles, recreational vehicle owners that are located in Voluntown, Mobile Manufactured Homes not assessed as Real Estate and owners of horses, ponies and thoroughbreds.

Motor Vehicle Tax Adjustments and Removal:  The Assessor’s office is also responsible for the adjustment and removal of motor vehicles that appear on  the taxable grand list as allowed by Connecticut State Statutes.  Two appropriate forms of proof must be provided in the time allowed to substantiate claims of vehicles sold, stolen and not recovered, totaled, junked or vehicles registered in another state.

Common Forms:

Active Duty CT Resident MV Exemption Application

NON CT Resident Active-Duty-Serviceman-Exemption

Elderly/Totally Disabled Application

Totally Disabled Exemption Application

Veterans and Blind Exemptions

Application for Additional Veterans Exemption

Application for Farm Land Classification

Application for Forest Land Classification

Application for Solar/Geothermal Energy Exemption

Declaration of Personal Property 2018-Short Form

2018_Farm_Machinery_Exemption_Application

Declaration of Personal Property 2018-Camper/MV

Declaration of Personal Property 2018-Full/Long Form

BAA Application Form 2018 Grand List Appeals

Recommended reading for land owners wishing to apply for land classification under PA-490 (Farm or Forest)