Check your mailboxes! At Greenwich Town Hall, the Assessor’s Office just finished sending out all the notices of assessment changes in Greenwich.
The good news is that a good number of residential properties valuations were lowered. Unless you live on the water, you may be pleasantly surprised and find your valuation decrease and, in turn, your tax bill decrease.
Owners of older homes were pleasantly surprised on Wednesday as they looked up their properties on the computers in the Assessor’s office.
What you’ll receive is a preliminary notice of assessment, which means there is still time to come and say, “I don’t have two fireplaces, or I don’t have a pool” — or cite any error you may discover when you receive your notice. Informal hearings are being scheduled at Town Hall with appraisers who were contracted for the reval, and will continue through December and January, and possible a couple weeks into February if necessary.
If, after an informal hearing, you are still not happy it is possible to appeal to the Board of Assessment Appeals no later than Sunday, March 20, 2016. The Board will notify you of the hearing date by mail. The Board of Assessment Appeals hearings will be held in April 2016. If the Board denies a hearing or if you are not satisfied with the decision, you can continue the appeal in Superior Court in Stamford.
The revaluation was carried out by two companies — one for residential properties and the other for commercial and tax exempt properties. The 2015 was done to reflect a requirement by Connecticut State law.
The notice you will receive in the mail will include the appropriate phone number to call to request informal hearing. It depends on whether you’re residential, commercial or tax exempt.
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