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ASSESSOR'S OFFICE

 

Assessor's Office Phone: 860-870-3625

Assessor's Office Fax: 860-870-3586

Assessor's Office Location - 8 Park Place

 

 

Staff:  
David Wheeler 
Assessor
Christine Clarke Deputy Assessor
Rebecca Daigle Sr Assessment Technician
Karen Mills Assessment Technician
 
Office Hours:  
Monday
8:30 – 4:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 – 4:30 pm
Wednesday
8:30 – 4:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 – 7:00 pm
Friday
8:30 – 1:00 pm

 

The Assessor’s Office administers a variety of programs. You may qualify for assistance if you are elderly, disabled or handicapped and/or are a veteran. You can find more details on this site. If you need additional information, please feel free to call us at (860) 870-3625.

 

Notice of BAA meeting April 2, 2014

 

General Information and Links:

 

LEGAL NOTICE - FALL 2013

 

Please note: The 2012 Mill Rate for the Town of Vernon is 35.40

2011 vs. 2012 Tax Comparison - Residential Summary Report

2012 Grand List Summary Information: 

Revaluation 2011

 RESTRICTED RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS FOR PROTECTED CLASSES OR PERSONS

Per State of Connecticut Public Act No. 12-3 effective June 1, 2012: "No public agency may disclose, under the Freedom of Information Act, the residential address of certain persons"

If you believe you are covered under this Public Act, please contact our office for additional information.

 


Mil Rate Information:

 
2012 Mill Rate: 35.40
2011 Mill Rate: 33.63
2010 Mill Rate: 29.90
2009 Mill Rate: 30.02
2008 Mil Rate: 28.42
2007 Mil Rate:
30.28
2006 Mill Rate:
32.91
2005 Mil Rate:
36.73
2004 Mil Rate:
35.79

 

Real Property in Connecticut is assessed at 70% of full value as of the date of the last revaluation (10/1/2011) §12-64. Revaluations are performed every five years per § 12-62. Personal Property and Motor Vehicles are assessed every year at 70% value. §12-71

 Board of Assessment Appeals:

The Board of Assessment Appeals members meet twice a year to hear appeals for Real Estate, Personal Property and Motors Vehicles. 

Hearings for Real Estate, Personal Property and Supplemental Motor Vehicles are held in the month of March each year (except for a Revaluation Year, in which case they are held in April). Applications are to be filed in the Assessor’s Office no later than February 20th. No walk-ins will be heard.

Hearings for Motor Vehicles are held in September each year with applications available beginning August 20th. Schedules are published in the Journal Inquirer three weeks prior to the hearings and are also posted in the Assessor’s and Town Clerk’s Offices. Anyone aggrieved with the results of the hearing may file suit in Superior Court within sixty days of the results. For more information, contact the Assessor’s Office main phone number (860) 870-3625. 

 

Elderly Homeowners and Totally Disabled Persons Tax Relief Program

Please note: The filing period for the 2013 Grand List Homeowner's Program is between February 1st and May 15th, 2014. Applications for the Additional Veteran's Program for the 2013 Grand List will continure to be accepted through October 1, 2014.

Brief Overview: A tax relief program for elderly and totally disabled persons who meet certain income parameters is available to those who qualify. Once approved for a tax credit, the individual or married couple must submit an application on a biennial basis. Under the property tax credit program an applicant must, as of the October 1st assessment date:

  1. Be a Connecticut resident
  2. Be the owner of record (as of October 1st), or hold life use (as of October 1st)
  3. Be sixty five years of age as of December 31st preceding the date on which they file an application for Tax relief
  4. Be receiving permanent total disability benefits (totally disabled persons only)
  5. Submit verified income from: Adjusted Gross Income from their federal tax return, plus Social Security Statements (SSA-1099); as well as Pension Statements, Bank Interest Statements, and any other income if they do not file a federal tax return.   
  • Elderly Homeowner’s Program: This program is available to homeowners age 65 or older that are income-limited. The qualifying adjusted income limits for 2013 for married couples was $41,600, and for unmarried persons was $34,100.
  • Local Option Homeowners Program:  This program is in addition to the Homeowner’s Program and again based on age sixty five or older and income limited.
  • Local Freeze Program: This is a program for homeowners age seventy year of age and older and income limited. This program is in addition to the other programs listed above. For more info, call our office.

 

Real Estate and Personal Property Inspections

Each year, members from the Assessor’s Office perform field inspections in order to maintain accurate and up-to-date information on properties. This may be the result of a building permit being issued or updating our records as a part of the ten-year inspection cycle. The best way for taxpayers to know that their property information is correct is to welcome the assessor’s visit to your property and to ask questions about factors that influence values in between revaluation cycles.

It is important to know that the function of the field inspection is to discover, list and value all improvements. Taxes are a part of the budget process in the spring, when the mil rate is established.

  

Veterans

Any new veterans moving into Vernon need to have their discharge on file with the Town Clerk. The original form DD214 has to be filed with the Town Clerk before October 1, 2014 in order to receive benefits on the 2014 Grand List. If a veteran had lived in Vernon and moved away, and has now returned they need to notify the Assessors Office in order to activate their veteran exemption. Any claimant, still serving and unable to appear in person may forward to the Assessor annually a written statement, signed by the commanding officer of their unit or by the presentation of a notarized statement of a parent, guardian spouse or legal representative of the claimant. The time served has to have been during wartime. Any Veteran that is income-limited that has not reapplied since last year should also contact the Assessor’s Office. Forms can be obtained at the Assessor’s Office. If there are any questions please call the Assessor’s Office at (870-3625). For more info click here: Veteran Questions

Active Servicemen:
Active Servicemen are entitled to an exemption on one motor vehicle per year. To qualify, they must file  an Armed Forces form each year and return it to the Assessor of the town in which the servicemen’s automobile is registered. Filing Deadline: Filing is to be not later than December 31st following the date the property tax  is due.

Dates of Wars and other recognized military campaigns and operations under State Statute 27-103, as amended by Public Act 03-85

For Property Tax Exemption Eligibility under State Statute 12-81 (19) as of October 1, 2003

World War ll   December 7, 1941 to December 31, 19461
Korean Conflict June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era    February 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975
Lebanon   July 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958 or September 29, 1982 to March 30, 19842
Invasion of Grenada October 25, 1983 to December 15, 19832
Operation Earnest Will February 1, 1987 to July 23, 1987
Invasion of Panama December 20, 1989 to January 31, 19902
Persian Gulf War   After August 2, 19903

 

1 Pursuant to C.G.S. 12-86, twelve o’clock midnight on December 31, 1947 is the World War II termination date for purposes of granting a property tax exemption.

2 A person must have served in a combat support role for the duration of a campaign lasting less than 90 days (i.e. the Invasions of Grenada and Panama) in order to qualify for a property tax exemption. A person must also have served in a combat or combat support role in Lebanon or in Operation Earnest Will, during the specified dates, in order to qualify for an exemption. An armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to such individuals.

3 Although referred to as the Persian Gulf War, service in the Persian Gulf is not required, nor is service in a combat or combat support role.

 

Disabled Veterans: If you have a:
10-25% Disability Rating, your assessment exemption is $3,000
26-50% Disability Rating, your assessment exemption is $4,000
51-76% Disability Rating, your assessment exemption is $5,000
76-100% Disability rating, your assessment exemption is $6,000 (age 65 and older)
 
NEW: Members of the National Guard who performed homeland security duties under Title 32 for 90 days or more on or after August 2, 1990 may be entitled to an exemption. The exemption is for 10/1/2008 going forward.
                                                                                                   
New Change in the Law regarding VA Disability filing requirement:  You only have to file your Disability Rating with the assessor once unless the percentage changes.

 

  

Motor Vehicle Prorate Policy

Motor Vehicles are not prorated between Connecticut towns but may be if the vehicle leaves the state and is registered with another state. The motor vehicle is taxed where it is registered on October 1st of the grand list year.

There are other reasons for a motor vehicle to be prorated, but two forms of proof are required. Please click here for more details: Motor Vehicle Questions. For further assistance, please call us at (860) 870-3625.

 

Credit Application must be made by December 31st (2) years after the assessment date.

GRAND
LIST
YEAR

 

 

TIME
LIMIT/CREDIT
REMOVAL

 

 

OCTOBER

1, 2011

 

DECEMBER

31, 2013

 

OCTOBER

1, 2012

 

DECEMBER

31, 2014

 

OCTOBER

1, 2013

 

DECEMBER

31, 2015

 

OCTOBER

1, 2014

 

DECEMBER

31, 2016

 

OCTOBER

1, 2015

 

DECEMBER

31, 2017

 

OCTOBER

1, 2016

 

DECEMBER

31, 2018

 

OCTOBER

1, 2017

 

DECEMBER

31, 2019

 

OCTOBER

1, 2018

 

DECEMBER

31, 2020

 

                                     

Personal Property
 

Anyone operating a business in the Town of Vernon is subject to a Personal Property Tax. Property is depreciated as described on the appropriate Personal Property Declaration. You must file a personal property application each year with the assessor’s office no later than November 1st.

Those who do not file or who file declarations after November 1st are subject to a 25% percent on the total assessment. Applications may be picked up in the Assessor’s Office after September 15th. Online filing is available. Non-residents must file in the town where the business assets are located for three or more of the twelve months preceding the assessment date. Even if a property has been sold, or was not located in the state on the assessment date, it must be reported if it meets the 3-month rule.

If the business closed or sold after October 1st, there is no prorating and the July tax bill must be paid. If the business opens after October 1st, and proper proof is provided, than no Personal Property Tax is due for that preceding grand list. 

For more detailed information about Personal Property, please see our Personal Property brochure

 

Please note our mimimum Personal Property assessment in the Town of Vernon.

 

Income and Expense Statements

Income and expense statements are value informational forms that allow the assessor to consider commercial property income and expenses when determining a value. ALL statements are confidential and not subject to the provisions of section 1-19 (Freedom of Information), of the Connecticut General Statutes.

The Assessor requests that all forms be returned no later than June 1st or be subjected to a ten percent penalty as sanctioned by the Connecticut legislature. Forms are sent out in late March each year. If you did not receive a form you can contact our office.

 

Real Estate Income & Expense Forms / Info

The Town of Vernon is not requiring Income & Expense forms for 2012.

 

Landlord Ordinance

RE: AN ORDINANCE IDENTIFICATION OF A LANDLORD (#265)
Effective: April 15, 2007

Dear Property Owner;

In accordance with the newly enacted Ordinance 265, any owner of occupied or vacant rental real property shall maintain on file in the office of the tax assessor the owners mailing address. A post office box address is not acceptable. This list is for emergency personnel use only in the case of an incident.

Any change in the owner’s address must be reported to the tax assessor not more than twenty-one days after the date the address changed. Noncompliance with the statute constitutes a civil penalty for the violation of this ordinance in the sum of two hundred fifty dollars for the first violation and not more than one thousand dollars for any subsequent violation.

If you own property in Vernon which is occupied by someone other than yourself or is vacant, please fill out the Landlord Ordinance Form and return it to our office via fax: (860) 870-3586; or mail to: Vernon Assessor's Office, 8 Park Place, Vernon, CT 06066.

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