Lynn M. Byberg, CCMA II
Assessor *** the Assessor will not be in the office on the following Wed. evenings in May/June: 5/15, 5/29, 6/12 & 6/26 ***
Property card information is available at: Property Cards
GIS maps are available at: GIS Maps
Appeal Form (due Feb. 20,2014): APPEAL FORM
Open Space Application: M30OPENSPACE
Forest Application: M39FORESTLAND
Farm Application: M29FARMLAND
The primary responsibility of the Assessor’s office is to discover, list and value all property in its jurisdiction. The Grand List is generated each year as of October 1 and is a record of all taxable and tax exempt property. Taxable property includes real estate, motor vehicles, personal property owned by businesses and certain personal property owned by residents (such as horses and unregistered motor vehicles). All property is assessed at 70% of its value. Motor vehicles and personal property are assessed at 70% of market value each year. Real Estate is revalued every five years as required by Connecticut State Statute. The Assessor’s office also administers property tax exemptions and tax relief programs. Please contact our office for additional information.
Eleven towns in Northeast Connecticut, including Ashford, have contracted together with Tyler Technologies, CLT Appraisal Services to assist the Assessor in each town with the state-mandated property revaluation. To facilitate this, the revaluation schedule for these towns has been adjusted to distribute the number of parcels being valued evenly over the next five years. This will result in significant revaluation cost savings to the town. Based on the amended schedule, Ashford will be completing a revaluation for October 1, 2011.
A new concept under this regional contract is to attempt to fully inspect only fifty percent of the properties in town this year. When the town revalues again in five years, the remaining fifty percent of properties will be inspected. This method allows the town to meet the statutory requirements that properties be inspected at least once every ten years. Properties were selected for inspection this year based on various factors, including the date of the last inspection.
If your property is scheduled to be inspected this year, within the next few months you can expect a visit from a CLT data collector requesting to do an interior inspection. If no one is available for this inspection, an exterior inspection will be done and a second attempt to inspect the interior will be made. If CLT is still unable to complete the inspection, a letter will be mailed requesting that you schedule an appointment for the inspection.
Accurate assessments are dependent on accurate data, which is why it is of the utmost importance for the Assessor or designee to perform periodic inspections. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Once the inspections are complete, data mailers will be mailed to all property owners offering the opportunity for you to verify the details on record for your property. All properties will be reviewed by an appraiser during the months of July and August and notices of the new assessments will be mailed in November, 2011. The new assessments will be reflected in tax bills issued in July, 2012.