Property Revaluation Process


Data Collectors' Schedule:

Please check back - this schedule will be updated periodically.

  • Starting March 21 - Lake Court, North Pond
  • Starting March 16 - Woodvale Drive
  • Starting March 13 - North Durkee Hill, South Derkee Hill
  • Starting March 3 - Lake View Drive, East Hill Road
  • Starting March 3 - Cedar Circle
  • Starting March 2 - Village Street
  • Starting February 28 - East Hill Rd, Fairview Drive
  • Starting February 21 - Poverty Rd
  • Starting February 15 - Heritage Village Northeast (Winship Drive, North Poverty Rd)
  • Starting February 13 - Krueger Circle
  • Starting February 8 - Maple Tree Hill Road, Burr Road
  • Starting February 6 - Burma Road, Hulls Hill Road, Quaker Farms Road, Southford Road
  • Starting February 3 - Walnut Brook Lane, Strongtown Road
  • Starting January 27 - Heritage Village South, Heritage Circle
  • Starting January 25 - Heritage Crest
  • Starting January 23 - Hennessey Farm Road
  • Starting January 20 - Bates Rock Road, Old Field Road, North Poverty Road, Pine Hill Road, Crook Horn Road
  • Starting January 18 - Heritage Village at Hill Top Road West
  • Starting January 10 - Fawn Ridge Court, Patriot Road, Surrey Lane, Charter Oak Road, Carriage Drive, Bates Rock Road
  • Starting January 6 - Hulls Hill Road, Bucks Hill Road, Diamond Match, Lorelei Court
  • Starting December 30 - Bagley Road, Forest Road, Luther Drive, Wolfpit Road
  • Starting December 22 - Old Waterbury Road, Overton Farm Drive, Skyview Drive, Strongtown Road
  • Starting December 21 - Condominiums: Far View, Greenhouse, Old Field Hill, Traditions, Winding Brook
  • Starting December 19 - Homestead Road, Bucks Hill Road area
  • Starting December 15 - Bristol Town Road, Watch Hill Drive
  • Starting December 14 - Woodland Hills Road
  • Starting December 9 - Lum Lot, Old Oakwood, Sunburst Drive, Tuttle Road
  • Starting December 8 - Ivy Hills Road, Ridgeview Road, Grandview Road
  • Starting December 6 - Cedar Grove Road, Woods Way Drive
  • Starting December 3 - Bucks Hill Road
  • Starting November 14 - Blueberry Lane, Hampton Court, Hurds Hill Road, Judd Road, Old Woodbury Road, Reservoir Road
  • Starting November 8 - Beacon Hill Drive, Beecher Drive
  • Starting November 7 - Chestnut Tree Hill Road, Dublin Hill Road, Glen Lane, Greenwood Drive, Hidden Brook Drive, Hillcrest Drive, Lum Lot Road, Main Street North, Mansion House Road, Southridge Road
  • Starting November 3 - Crook Horn Road, Low Bridge Road, North Poverty Road
  • Starting November 1 - Hemlock Ridge Road, Pleasant Drive, Stiles Road
  • Starting October 31 - Bates Rock Road, Carriage Drive, Colonial Drive
  • Starting October 21 - Pond View Drive, Roxbury Road, South Britain Road
  • Starting October 18 - Charter Oak Road, Carriage Drive, Flag Swamp Road, High Ridge Road, Laurelwood Lane
  • Starting October 7 - Lakeside Road, Lake Ridge Road, Sleepy Hollow Road,/li>
  • Starting October 4 - Cedar Crest Drive, Farifield Drive, Greenwich Drive, Kenwood Drive, Luna Trail, Scout Road, Tamiami Trail
  • Starting September 30 - Lower Fish Rock and Upper Fish Rock Road
  • Starting September 26 - Horseshoe Drive, Lee Farm Drive, Lake Ridge Road and Lakemere Drive
  • Starting September 14 - River Road and Berkshire area
  • Starting September 9 - Kiev Drive, Oakdale Road, Poplar Drive, Russian Village Road, Tolstoy Lane
  • Starting September 8 - Grecenko Circle, Hillside Road, Manor Road, Pomperaug Trail
  • Starting September 7 - Berkshire Road, Pascoe Drive
  • Starting September 2 - Horse Fence Hill Road
  • Starting August 30 - South Flat Hill, Brennan Rd, River Rd, Purchase Brook Rd
  • Starting August 29 - Evergreen and Meadowbrook
  • Starting August 25 - South Britain Road
  • Starting August 23 - Peach Orchard, East Flat Hill Road, Flag Swamp Road
  • Starting August 19 - East Flat Hill Rd, Little York Rd, New Rd, Timberland Way, West Flat Hill Rd
  • Starting August 15 - Harvest Ln, Perkins Rd,
  • Starting August 8 - Kuhne Rd and Purchase Brook Rd
  • Starting July 26 - Gilbert Rd and Tepi Rd
  • Starting July 25 - West Gilbert Rd
  • Starting July 18 - Turrill Brook Drive and Brown Brook Rd
  • Starting July 13 - West Purchase Rd

Revaluation Team to Visit Properties in Southbury

Southbury town officials remind homeowners of the state mandated revaluation project being conducted by representatives of the firm, Vision Government Solutions for the October 1, 2017 grand list. As the process takes over a year to complete, the project will begin during July 2016.

The first phase of the revaluation process is collecting current information on all of the properties in Southbury. As the data collector visits each property, they will confirm the exterior measurements of each building and document additional information such as location, topography, utilities, zoning, and quality of construction. Each home will be measured and the exterior inspected on the data collector’s first visit to the home. A new photograph of the home will also be taken to update the Assessor’s File.

Data collectors will be wearing an identification badge, fluorescent vests that say “Property Inspector" and will have written documentation from the town stating their affiliation with the project. All Vision representatives and their vehicles are also registered with the Southbury Police Department. Homeowners are encouraged to ask for this identification prior to admitting anyone into their homes. If a homeowner has a question as to the identity of a data collector, they may call the Southbury Police or the Tax Assessor’s office for further confirmation.

The interior inspections take only 10 to 15 minutes and include a quick tour of the house, including basement and attic space. The data collector will count the number of total rooms and make notations on heating systems, interior construction and extra features of the home. The homeowner will be asked to sign the data collection form to verify that the inspection took place. An interior inspection will not be conducted unless a person 18 years or older is available to sign the form.

While it is not mandatory for residents to allow data collectors interior access, the data is vitally important to the accuracy and uniformity of the assessments, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Data collectors generally work between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. If the homeowner is unavailable at this visit, the data collectors will still perform the exterior inspection and a letter with instructions on how to schedule an interior inspection appointment will be sent.

Homeowners are reminded that specific questions regarding their current assessment should be directed to the tax assessor’s office. Vision Government Solutions data collectors are not town employees and therefore are not prepared to answer questions concerning current values or town laws.


Revaluation Questions and Answers

Introduction

The State of Connecticut requires its Cities and Towns to revalue all real estate on a periodic basis in order to equalize values and distribute the tax burden in a fair and equitable way.

DEFINITIONS

Revaluation

According to the Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal (Fourth Edition) published by the Appraisal Institute, a revaluation is the "mass appraisal of all property within an assessment jurisdiction to equalize assessed values; the reappraisal of a property."

Mass Appraisal

Mass appraisal is the process of estimating the market value of a universe of properties, as of a specific date, using standard methodology, which allows for statistical testing and reporting.

Connecticut Facts

Under Connecticut law, the assessment of each parcel of real property represents 70% of its fair market value as of the date of a revaluation.

Revaluation is undertaken every 5 years with inspections required every 10 years.

The date of revaluation is also known as the assessment date. In Connecticut, the assessment date is October 1st.

Unless there is physical change to a property (e.g., the construction of an improvement or a structure's demolition), the assessment remains unchanged until the next revaluation, when the property's market value is determined again.

What is market value and who determines my property value?

There are many definitions of Market Value. For the purposes of revaluation, and as written in the CAAO Handbook for Connecticut Assessors, "market value is the most probable price in cash that a property would bring in a competitive and open market, assuming that the buyer and seller are acting prudently and knowledgably, allowing sufficient time for the sale, and assuming that the transaction is not affected by undue pressure.”

Buyers and sellers of real estate determine Market Value. We have seen the effects of the current economic climate on property sales and value over the past several years.

The estimated market value of your property is based on an analysis of the sales in your jurisdiction and local market for one to two years prior to the assessment date. It is the Appraiser's job to research and analyze the sales and create models that reflect and mirror the local real estate market. Some of the factors which contribute to the analysis and resultant value are; location, size, quality of construction, age of improvements, topography, utilities, zoning restrictions if any, etc.

What happens during a Revaluation?

Depending on where in the revaluation cycle your jurisdiction is, one or more of the following will be performed:

A) A physical inspection of both the interior and exterior of each property is conducted, where building dimensions and characteristics are noted. This is the Data Collection phase of the project. Each Data Collector carries an identification badge, a letter of introduction on town letterhead and their vehicles are registered with the Police Department and Assessor's Office.

B) Data Mailers, which contain the pertinent information currently on file with the jurisdiction, will be mailed to all property owners. Owners will verify the information or indicate a change when returning the document.

While the data collection/verification phase is in progress, appraisers are analyzing the recent sales in order to make comparisons and set valuation parameters (models) which will be utilized to estimate the value of properties which have not been sold.

Each property owner receives and individual notice of the new assessment. Property owners can also review the assessed values of others in the jurisdiction as compared to theirs.

All property owners are given the opportunity to attend an informal hearing to discuss their values with a representative of the jurisdiction. During the hearing, the property owner can voice concerns, discuss inaccuracies or discrepancies with a representative who will review the property record card and explain the value. An appraiser will make the determination as to whether an additional inspection or review of the value is necessary. All those attending a hearing will receive a notice illustrating any changes made to the assessed value

Will a Revaluation increase my taxes?

A change in assessment alone has no effect on your tax rate or tax bill. Local budgets and the dollar amount necessary to support services such as education, police and fire, etc. within the jurisdiction are the factors which affect the amount of taxes property owners must pay. For example, if the same amount of money is to be raised after the Revaluation as the previous year and each assessment doubles, the tax rate would merely be cut in half.

How will I know if my assessment is equitable?

There are two very good methods to determine this. First, compare your properties to similar properties that sold in the previous year. Your value should be in-line with these sale prices. Second, if no recent sales are available, compare your assessment to other similar properties in your area using the Street Listing of Values available in the Assessor's Office or online. Your value should be in-line with these similar properties. Remember, very few properties are exactly alike. Your value should be comparable, but it will seldom be exactly the same as what seems to be similar property.

What qualifications do the appraisers have?

Each person employed on this project is certified by passing the State of Connecticut’s qualification testing. Each has met the educational, experience and exam requirements defined by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, Intergovernmental Affairs Unit for the phase they are involved in.

Project Manager or Supervisor:

  1. Has a minimum of 3 years in the field of assessing, evaluation, or appraising.
  2. Holds Land/Residential Certification
  3. Holds Commercial/Industrial Certification
  4. Passing grade on examination in the areas of mass appraisal, Connecticut revaluation legal requirements, sales analysis, and statistical evaluation of the revaluation.

They must possess extensive knowledge of state laws, department rules, appraisal manuals, governing local assessment administration and have demonstrated an ability to apply these to unusual situations of property appraisal, assessment and review.

Commercial and Industrial Appraisers:

  1. Has a minimum of 3 years in the field of assessing, evaluation, or appraising.
  2. Holds Land/Residential Certification
  3. Passing grade on examination in the area of valuation of Commercial and Industrial properties.

Residential Appraisers:

  1. Minimum of 2 years’ experience in the field of assessing, revaluation or appraising.
  2. Passing grade in the area of valuation of Land and Residential properties

If I disagree with my assessment after a hearing, what are my options?

If any property owner believes the assessment on their property to be inaccurate, disproportionate or excessive, they may appeal through the local Board of Assessment Appeals within their jurisdiction. Should the property owner still feel the assessment is incorrect, they may appeal to the Superior Court for the judicial district in which they are located.