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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.

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 Real Property in Connecticut is assessed at 70% of full value as of the date of the last revaluation (10/1/2006) §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

Mill Rate Information

2014 Mill Rate   36.91
2013 Mill Rate   36.11
2012 Mill Rate   35.40
2011 Mill Rate   33.63
2010 Mill Rate   29.90
2009 Mill Rate   30.02
2008 Mill Rate   28.42

Board of Assessment Appeals:

The Board of Assessment Appeals members meet twice a year to hear appeals for Real Estate, Personal Property and Motor Vehicles. Applications are available in the Assessor's Office or you can click here:

Hearings for Real Estate, Personal Property and Supplemental Motor Vehicles are held in the month of March each year. Applications are to be filed in the Assessor's Office no later than February 20th. No walk-ins will be heard. Applications are available on January 10th.

Hearings for Motor Vehicles on the regular Grand List are held in September each year with applications available beginning August 20th.

BAA 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 info, contact the Assessor's Office main phone number (860) 870-3625.

 

Elderly Homeowners and Totally Disabled Persons Tax Relief Program

This year's filing period is between February 1st and May 13th, 2016.

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 65 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 2015 for married couples is $42,900, and for unmarried persons is $35,200.
  • Local Option Homeowners Program: This program is in addition to the Homeowner's Program and is again based on age 65 or older and income limited.
  • Local Freeze Program: This is a program for homeowners age 70 and older who are income limited. This program is in addition to the other programs listed above. 

For more info on these programs, click here Tax Relief for Elderly & Totally Disabled - Details, or call our office at 860-870-3625.

 

Real Estate and Personal Property Inspections

Each year, members from the Assessor's Office perform field inspections in order to maintain accurate, 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 (which occur every 5 years).

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 veteran moving into Vernon needs to have their discharge (DD-214) on file with the Town Clerk. The original form DD-214 has to be filed with the Town Clerk before October 1, 2016 in order to receive benefits on the 2016 Grand List. If a veteran had lived in Vernon and moved away, and has now returned, they need to notify the Assessor's Office in order to reactivate 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. If there are any questions, please call the Assessor's Office at 860-870-3625. For more info click here: Veteran Questions.

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.

Active Military: Active Servicemen and Active Servicewomen are entitled to an exemption on one motor vehicle per year. To qualify, they must file an Armed Forces Exemption Form each year and return it to the assessor of the town in which the 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 the State Statute 27-103, as amended by Public Act 03-85 are listed here: Dates of Wars for Veteran exemptions.

Disabled Veterans: if you have a:

10-25% Disability Rating, your additional assessment exemption is $3,000
26-50% Disability Rating, your additional assessment exemption is $4,000
51-75% Disability Rating, your additional assessment exemption is $5,000
76-100% Disability Rating, your additional assessment exemption is $6,000 (all disabled veterans age 65 or older, regardless of % rating, receive this amount)

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 tax bill 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 two years after the assessment date.

GRAND
LIST
YEAR

 

 

TIME
LIMIT/CREDIT
REMOVAL

 

 

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 declaration 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% penalty 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 was 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, then no Personal Property tax is due for that preceding Grand List.

For more detailed information about Personal Property, please see our Personal Property Info Pamphlet.

Please note that our minimum Personal Property assessment in the Town of Vernon is $300.

 

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 a 10% penalty may be applied as sanctioned by the Connecticut legislature. Forms are mailed out in late March each year, and are also available here on our website.

 

Landlord Ordinance

Re: An Ordinance for Identification of a Landlord (#265) effective April 15, 2007

In accordance with Ordinance 265, any owner of occupied or vacant rental real property shall maintain on file in the office of the tax assessor the owner's 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 21 days after the date the address changed. Non-compliance with the statute constitutes a civil penalty for the violation of this ordinance in the sum of $250 for the first violation and not more than $1,000 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 at 860-870-3586; or mail to Vernon Assessor's Office, 8 Park Place, Vernon CT 06066.

 

 

 

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