Selectmen look ahead to 2017

Preparations for a property revaluation for 2017 were made at a Board of Selectmen meeting Oct. 4 at town hall, when the selectmen approved funding to hire a revaluation assistant.
The selectmen approved $5,000 to hire someone to work in appraisal support services for the tax assessor during the revaluation.
Anne Kelly-Lenz, the finance director, said the worker will visit the homes as needed to help determine their new values.
A full revaluation is required every five years by the state. It will be dated Oct. 1, 2017, and will be conducted with the assistance of an outside valuation company.
The valuation company will look at sales from the spring of 2016 to October 2017.
In addition, the tax assessor will send a data mailer to every property owner. The mailers will ask property owners to adjust or verify data the town has on record. If the mailer is not returned, an appraiser will visit the property.
Toward September, the valuation company will look at additional sales and refine its analysis.
Finally, each property in town will be viewed from the street by an appraiser.
Notices of changes in assessments will be mailed in 2017, after which property owners may meet with representatives of the valuation company for an informal hearing. If they are still dissatisfied, they may petition the Board of Assessment Appeals.


The hiring of a revaluation worker was not the only indication during the meeting at town hall that preparations are being made for 2017. In other business, the selectmen reacted to the Board of Finance’s annual budget guidance.
The finance board is calling for a budget decrease of 1.25%, for both the Board of Education and the Board of Selectmen.
“We want to build the budget as efficiently as we can,” First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice said in response to the recommendation.
*This story has been corrected to reflect a change in the dates when housing sales will be considered.