|Assessor||Ken Whitman, CCMAIIemail@example.com|
|Asst. to Assessor||Donna Werfelmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
In Connecticut the assessment and collection of property taxes are an exclusive function of municipal government. The Assessor’s Office determines the assessed value of all real and personal property located in Weston. The assessed value in Connecticut has been established as 70% of the market value as of a specified date - October 1. The total of all taxable and non-taxable property comprises what is known as the grand list. Property is categorized into three general types - real estate, personal property and registered motor vehicles. For personal property, including registered motor vehicles, values are updated every year as of October 1. For real property, values are updated at least every five years under current law. A revaluation of all real property was completed and implemented by the Town as of October 1, 2008. These valuations remain in effect until the next Town-wide revaluation in 2013, except for changes to properties due to building permits, demolitions and other adjustments, based on the valuation tables established in 2008.
The October 1, 2013 revaluation is currently in progress and will reflect the real estate market values as of 2013. Preliminary assessment notices will be mailed to property owners in late November 2013 followed by informal hearings to allow taxpayer feedback. After analyzing that feedback, assessment notices reflecting the final assessed values are due to be mailed in late January. The final assessments, which are 70% of the appraised values, will be used to determine the July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015 tax (mill) rate, and ultimately, the individual tax bills.
The grand list (GL) as of October 1, 2012, was filed with the Town Clerk on January 31, 2013. The total taxable grand list, used to determine the July 1, 2013 tax rate, was $2,660,640,912. The current tax rate is 23.89 for the July 2013 - June 2014 fiscal year, a decrease of .13 from the previous 24.02 tax rate. This equates to $23.89 for every $1,000 of assessment. The tax levy is the amount of money the Town must raise through property taxation after all other revenue sources are estimated. The tax, or mill, rate is determined by dividing the tax levy by the taxable grand list. That rate, typically stated as a dollar amount per thousand dollars of assessed value, multiplied by each individual assessed value determines the amount each taxpayer will pay for a given fiscal tax year.
The Assessor’s Office works closely with the Tax Collector’s Office. If you have questions about your assessment and how your tax was calculated, call (203) 222-2606. If you have questions about your tax bill, call the Tax Collector at (203) 222-2696.