Assessor

Assessor: Chandler Rose
Email: crose@voluntown.gov

Assistant Assessor: Catherine Sarvas
Email: 
csarvas@voluntown.gov
Assistant Hours:  Monday & Thursday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.,  Tuesday  1:00 p.m-7:00 p.m.

*The Assessor’s Office will be closed Thursday September, 1.

Phone:  860-376-3927

 

Motor Vehicles

If you no longer own a vehicle on our Grand List or moved a vehicle out of state, please read the following instructions on how to notify the Assessor’s Office.

Motor Vehicle Documentation Instructions

Petition for Motor Vehicle Credit

 

Information on Campers, Camp Trailers and Recreational Vehicles

A personal property declaration must be filed for all unregistered motor vehicles, campers, camp trailers and recreational vehicles owned by Connecticut and non-Connecticut residents.

Any camper that is registered in another state (e.g. Rhode Island or Massachusetts) or that is unregistered and owned by a Connecticut or non-Connecticut resident must declare the camper as personal property in Voluntown if it has been located in Voluntown since at least July 1, 2021 and remains in Voluntown on October 1, 2021.

For more information on campers Click Here

 

 

To Access Voluntown Property Record Cards Click Here

Owner/Assessment information is generally updated quarterly.

Deeds, legal descriptions and survey maps can be found on the Town Clerk’s web page Land Record/Office of the Town Clerk

 

To Access Voluntown GIS mapping data visit  https://www.axisgis.com/voluntownct/

Please note:  The information available on the Axis GIS site is provided for illustrative purposes ONLY.  The accuracy of this information is not and cannot be guaranteed, and is used at the recipient’s own risk. Information contained in this system does not take the place of a professional survey or any other legal description and should not be used for site-specific decision making.

 

 

ASSESSOR’S NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS

DECLARING PERSONAL PROPERTY: All persons liable to pay taxes are hereby notified to declare all tangible personal property owned by them on October 1, 2022. Non-residents are required to declare property located in any town for any three months preceding October 1, 2022. Assessors mail declaration forms to all property owners previously on record.

Failure to receive a form does not negate the requirement to declare. Forms are available online and in the Assessor’s Office. Failure to declare by November 1, 2022 will result in a 25% PENALTY assessment.

Taxable personal property includes unregistered motor vehicles, motor vehicles located in Connecticut but registered in another state, horses and ponies, mobile manufactured homes not assessed as real estate, manufacturing machinery and equipment, business furniture and fixtures, farm machinery, farming tools, mechanics tools, electronic data processing equipment, telecommunication equipment, cables, conduits, pipes, poles, business expensed supplies and other property such as billboards, video games, vending machines, leasehold improvements, etc.

NOTE: Real property and Connecticut registered motor vehicles do not need to be declared.

VETERANS who served for ninety days or more during a time of war or have been disabled must record their honorable discharge with the Town Clerk prior to October 1, 2022, to receive a minimum of 1,000 assessment exemption. Disabled Veterans need to file proof of their VA rating with the Assessor to receive an increased exemption.

ADDITIONAL VETERANS’ EXEMPTION: Increased exemptions are available for those who meet necessary income requirements and the above Veterans criteria. An application along with proof of income must be filed with the Assessor biennially. Filings for this year must be received in the Assessor’s Office prior to October 1, 2022.

ARMED SERVICE MEMBERS may obtain an exemption on one passenger motor vehicle by filing an application with the Assessor.

TOTALLY DISABLED: Any person under the age of 65, eligible to receive permanent total disability payments, must apply by January 31, 2023, to receive a 1,000 assessment exemption. Applicants must furnish proof of award.

FARM MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT: Eligible farmers must file the notarized exemption application by November 1, 2022.

MANUFACTURING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT installed in a manufacturing facility and used in the manufacturing process may be allowed exemption. Eligible manufacturers must complete and file the MME Exemption Application by November 1, 2022.

NEW COMMERCIAL TRUCKS with a gross vehicle rating in excess of 26,000 lbs. should check with the Assessor’s office for tax exemption eligibility. Application must be completed and filed with the Assessor by November 1, 2022.

LAND CLASSIFICATION: Persons seeking to classify land under Farm, Forest or Open Space for the first time, or to amend an original filing (ownership, use or acreage) must file between September 1, 2022, and October 31, 2022, with the Assessor. Persons applying for Forest Land classification must also have a PA490 Certified State Foresters Report dated by October 1, 2022.

Voluntown Assessor’s Office

Rev. 9.29.22

 

 

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, 2021 Grand List is 27.77

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, 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.

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

 

Notice of Possible Increase in Assessments on Used Motor Vehicle Values for the July 2022 Tax Bills

Please click the link above to read our notice regarding a possible increase in Motor Vehicle Assessments.

If you would like to appeal your motor vehicle assessment. The September 2022 Board of Assessment Appeals meeting is September 19, 2022 at 6pm.  The BAA application for motor vehicle appeals is in the Common Forms section of our web page below.  There is no application deadline for the September meeting.

September 2022 BAA Meeting Notice

 

 

Assessment Notices and BAA Petitions

2022 Assessment Notices will be mailed the last week in January 2023 to any owner of Real Estate or Personal Property whose property value realized an increase from 2021GL to 2022GL as well as owners of Personal Property being  assessed a 25% assessment penalty.  Assessment penalties equal to 25% of the assessed value must, by state statute, be assessed for owners not filing a declaration or filing late (after November 1, 2021 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.

Keep in mind, these notices represent updates to your account since 10/1/2021.  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 2021 Grand List is 2/18/2022 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.  

 

 

Property Tax Credit Program for Elderly and Totally Disabled Homeowners (Circuit Breaker)

Filing period:  February 1 through May 15, 2022

To qualify you must have reached the age of 65 on or before 12/31/2021 or have been deemed Totally Disabled by the Social Security Administration.

2021 Income limits :   Single $38,100   Married  $46,400

Applications can be downloaded from the Common Forms section of our web page below or call the Assessor’s office at (860) 376-3927 to request an application via mail or email.

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

Assistance with applications is available by phone from the Assessor’s office.  Call (860) 376-3927.

 

 

 

Common Forms

Exemption or Tax Credit Applications/Information

Personal Property Declaration Forms

 

Land Classification Applications

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

Board of Assessment Appeals Application Forms