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The town assessor has the sole responsibility of preparing an annual Grand List, the record of all taxable and tax-exempt property consisting of Real Estate, Personal Property, and Motor Vehicles as of October 1. Assessor records are updated annually as changes occur to real estate as a result of building permit inspections, new construction and/or discovery. Tax maps are updated to reflect lot splits or combining of parcels. Personal property refers to any property used or associated with a business operating in Vernon. Motor vehicles are also a part of the annual Grand List and are assessed based on value derived from J D Power pricing manuals.

All Connecticut towns are mandated to perform Real Estate revaluations every five years to reflect market conditions and redistribute equitable value between property classes. The next scheduled revaluation is October 1, 2026.

The assessor’s responsibility also includes administering various exemptions and tax relief programs to benefit: Active military servicemen, Veterans, Elderly, Totally Disabled persons, Blind, Charitable organizations, Owners of land classified as Farm, Forest and Open Space and Manufacturers. All programs are designed to provide some form of tax relief through assessment reductions or tax credits, in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes and Local Ordinances to those most in need or on fixed incomes.

The function of the Assessor’s Office is governed by Connecticut General Statutes, primarily Title 12. Monthly reports are mandated by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) for the State of Connecticut. Statistical data from those reports are the basis for various state grant, revenue reimbursements and pilot programs. and applying various exemptions

In many ways, think of the Assessor’s Office as a central database of information for real estate, motor vehicles, personal property and various exemptions both taxable and exempt. Property record cards are available for all properties along with GIS tax maps and property sales data.

Assessor's office staff
Christine Clarke, Assessor
Jamison Boucher, Deputy Assessor
Melissa Murdock, Assessment Technician

Phone numbers
fax, 860-870-3586

Office Email address

Assessor's office location
8 Park Place
Vernon, CT 06066

Link to Property Cards
Office hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: Closed

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.

Town of Vernon 2021 Grand List Revaluation Summary


The Town of Vernon completed evaluation process for 2021.

Under Connecticut General Statute §12-62, every town in Connecticut is mandated to perform a town-wide real estate revaluation every five years. Prior to 2005, revaluations were performed every 10 years. In Vernon, the last revaluation year was 2016.

Value changes for residential units in town (1 to 4 family homes) are based on sales during the period January 2019 to September 30, 2021.

The next revaluation is scheduled for 2026.

Revaluation 2021 Q&A

Residential sales from 2019 to 2021 by home type:


Why used car values have Increase over last year's values


The value of used vehicles has increases dramatically over the past year and consequently you may notice an increase in the value of your existing vehicle when you receive your tax bill. Please see the following articles that explain what is happening in the used vehicle market and driving values:


Crumbling Foundations

Upwards of 35,000 homes in north central and northeast Connecticut, including in Vernon, face the potential for a failed concrete foundation due to the possible presence of a naturally occurring iron sulfide, pyrrhotite, in the concrete foundation. The concrete originated from the JJ Mottes Concrete Company in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, during the years 1983 - 2015. The mineral is found in a Willington, Connecticut, quarry that no longer supplies aggregate for residential foundations.

Pyrrhotite causes the slow deterioration of the concrete when exposed to oxygen and water. While the presence of pyrrhotite indicates the potential for concrete deterioration, its existence alone does not necessarily cause it.

The cracking starts small and may take more than 10 years to more than 30 years to appear. Horizontal cracks or cracks that splinter out like a web are the most concerning. A rust color residue or white powder may appear. The sheetrock walls of a finished basement may need to be removed to examine the concrete. As the concrete deteriorates, it often becomes structurally unsound.

The damage is irreversible. The repair is to fully replace the impacted foundation with a new foundation that does not contain pyrrhotite.

Help is available.

The Capitol Region Council of Governments has an opportunity for low and moderate-income families whose home has a crumbling foundation to apply for additional remediation assistance. Application information is available by clicking here.

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 Real Property in Connecticut is assessed at 70% of full value as of the date of the last revaluation (10/1/2021) §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

2023 Mill Rate for real estate and personal property, 35.09 and for motor vehicles, 32.46.
2022 Mill Rate for real estate and personal property, 33.39, and for motor vehicles, 32.46.
2021 Mill Rate for real estate and personal property, 33.39, and for motor vehicles, 32.46. (Revaluation year)
2020 Mill Rate   39.63
2019 Mill Rate   39.63
2018 Mill Rate   39.63
2017 Mill Rate   39.63
2016 Mill Rate   RE/PP 38.71  -- MV 37.0
2015 Mill Rate   RE/PP 38.03  -- MV 37.0
2014 Mill Rate   36.91

Board of Assessment Appeal:

The Board of Assessment Appeals meets twice a year. Hearings for Real Estate, Personal Property and Supplemental Motor Vehicles (prior Grand List year) are generally held in the month of March each year. If an extension is granted for the Grand List filing, the Board of Assessment Appeal then meets in April. The filing deadline for an appeal is February 20 (March 20 if an extension is granted). After a completed application has been received by the board, a meeting time is assigned for each applicant. Please note that these hearings are by appointment only.

  • Board of Assessment Appeals for 2023 Grand List Motor Vehicles will be held Sept. 16, 17,18 &19, 2024 from 4 to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary, first come, first served for hearings. Bring supporting documentation and the vehicle when you appear before the board. Hearing applications are available on the website.


Board of assessment appeal hearings conducted in September are advertised in the legal ads 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


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 2023 for married couples is $53,400, and for unmarried persons is $43,800.
  • 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 on these links 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.


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, 2024 in order to receive benefits on the 2024 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 Pamphlet - General Info.

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 Service members 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 disability rating from the Veteran's Administration, please provide us with a copy of the letter showing the percentage of your disability. You may qualify for an additional assessment exemption. 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 Pamphlet - General Information. For further assistance, please call us at (860) 870-3625.

Credit application must be made by December 31st two years after the assessment date.







October 1, 2021



December, 31, 2023



October 1, 2022



December 31, 2024




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 (or next business day if the 1st falls on a weekend).

Those who do not file or who file declarations after the due date 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 Pamphlet - General Information.

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

Income and Expense Statements



In accordance with Section 12-63c (d), of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, any owner of rental real property who fails to file this form or files an incomplete or false form with intent to defraud, shall be subject to a penalty assessment equal to a 10 Percent  increase in the assessed value of such property.  In accordance with CGS, Sec 12-63c, as amended, upon determination that there is good cause, the assessor may grant an extension to not later than the first day of July to submit such information, if the owner of such property files a request for an extension with the assessor not later than June 1.


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. 


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.