We wish to remind you of the upcoming deadline for property tax appeals for the 2016 assessment, which is February 17, 2017. This date is earlier than usual on account of the statutory deadline occurring on President’s Day.

Although tax appeals may be filed with respect to any assessment year, it is particularly important to consider appealing the assessment valuation for a “revaluation” year.  Municipalities in Connecticut conduct revaluations every five years. The revaluation determines the property value for assessment purposes until the next revaluation year, so a successful appeal of the revaluation year assessment will affect the property taxes for five years. The following municipalities were scheduled to conduct revaluations in 2016: Andover, Ashford, Beacon Falls, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Colchester, Columbia, Cornwall, East Hartford, East Haven, East Lyme, Easton, Enfield, Griswold, Groton, Hartford, Hebron, Killingworth, Lisbon, Manchester, Meriden, Middlebury, Middlefield, Milford, Montville, New Haven, Orange, Plainville, Plymouth, Portland, Salem, Shelton, Thomaston, Vernon, Westbrook, West Hartford, Wolcott, and Woodstock.

The owner of any property in these municipalities should have received a notice of valuation in December or January indicating the tax assessor’s valuation of the property. The impact this value will have on your property tax bill is difficult to determine because the “mill rate” for the tax calculation is not determined until the municipal budget is adopted, which typically occurs in June. At that time, however, the assessment appeal deadline will have already passed. Even if the assessed value did not change significantly, if the valuation of other property in the municipality declined, the property could receive an unexpected increase in your July tax bill.

If you would like us to review your property’s current assessment and advise you of your options for pursuing a tax appeal, please contact any member of our Real Estate group.

Gregg Burton
(203) 784-3173; gburton@carmodylaw.com

Stephen J. Conover
(203) 252-2668; sconover@carmodylaw.com

David S. Hardy
(203) 784-3119; dhardy@carmodylaw.com

Marc J. Kurzman
(203) 252-2680; mkurzman@carmodylaw.com