Composed of persons who are elected, the Board enables taxpayers to be heard by their peers at no expense. No fees are charged for the appeal process. Furthermore, taxpayers do not have to be represented by counsel. Created by State law, the Board holds important powers affecting both the Town and the taxpayer.
The Board constitutes one of the lesser-known of municipal agencies. Most taxpayers are aware of the Office of Assessor and Tax Collector. Few, however, know anything about the Board of Assessment Appeals until they have a disagreement about their property valuation. Board members may not typically experts in the field of Real Estate Valuation, learning about their functions and duties only after assuming office.
The Board of Assessment Appeals is an official municipal agency. It is designed to serve as an appeal body for taxpayers who believe that town or city assessors erred in the valuation of their properties or erroneously denied them exemptions. It is important to note that the board is not an assessing agency. It does not value taxable property; that is the function of the Assessor. Its purpose is best explained by the word "review" and as such serves independently of the Assessor. Source: Handbook for Connecticut Boards of Assessment Appeals 2009
The Board of Assessment Appeals works to provide to the Town's property owners a forum to appeal their Real Estate, Personal Property and Vehicle Assessments.
Based on case load (property in March, vehicles in September)
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas for Regular and Special Meetings are posted with the Town Clerk at least twenty four hours prior to each meeting.