Board of Assessment Appeals
* IMPORTANT NOTE:
The General Statutes require that the BAA hearings are conducted and concluded in the month following the BAA application deadline. Therefore, under normal circumstances we would be required to conduct and conclude all BAA hearings during the month of April. C.G.S. Sect. 12-117 also provides that "board of assessment appeals may, for due cause, be extended by the chief executive officer of the town for a period not exceeding one month. The Mayor has granted a one month extension of the BAA hearings until the end of May 2020. The recent Governor’s Executive Order No. 7I, Paragraph 15,also provides "[t]he deadlines set forth under Sections .... 12-117... are extended without penalty."
Please note that all of the BAA hearings will be conducted via teleconference call. The Governor’s Executive Order No. 7I, Section 16, explicitly provides that "[t]he requirements under... the Connecticut General Statutes for a taxpayer to appear in person are suspended to the extent necessary to permit any public agency to meet and take such actions authorized by law without permitting requiring in-person participation in such meetings or filings, and to hold such meetings or obtain necessary information remotely by conference call, video-conference, electronic communication, or other technology, consistent with requirements set forth in Executive Order 7B."
The Governor’s Order further requires “any materials relevant to matters on the agenda, including but not limited to materials related to specific applications, if applicable, shall be submitted to the agency a minimum of twenty four (24) hours prior and posted to the agency’s website for public inspection prior to, during, and after the meeting, and any exhibits to be submitted by members of the public shall, to the extent feasible, also be submitted to the agency a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting and posted to the agency’s website for public inspection prior to, during, and after the meeting;” Therefore, any additional documentation must be provided to the Assessing department 48 hours prior to hearings, in order to provide time to supply the information to board members and publish on the City website prior to the twenty-four (24) hour requirement.
Whereas the City is developing processes to handle the supply of documentation and teleconference procedures, the BAA hearings of the scheduled to take place starting in April are being continued with schedules to be determined. Please advise as to any dates that you are unavailable through May 29, 2020.
IF YOU MAKE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE FOR THE BOARD OF APPEALS YOU MUST PRINT OUT, SIGN AND HAVE THE APPLICATION RETURNED TO THE ASSESSOR’S OFFICE BY THE END OF THE DAY MARCH 20TH 2020.
IF YOUR APPLICATION HAS NOT BEEN PHYSICALLY RECEIVED YOUR APPOINTMENT DATE AND TIME WILL NOT BE HONORED.
APPLICATIONS ARRIVING BY MAIL AFTER THE APPLICATION DEADLINE, EVEN IF POSTMARKED MARCH 20TH, WILL BE CONSIDERED LATE AND YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME WILL NOT BE HONORED.
IF AN AGENT IS REPRESENTING YOU IN YOUR APPEAL A SIGNED LETTER OF AUTHORITY (OWNERS SIGNATURE) MUST BE BROUGHT IN BY YOUR AGENT AT THE TIME OF THE HEARING. A COPY OF AN ACCEPTABLE LETTER IS AVAILABLE ON THE ASSESSOR WEB PAGE UNDER FORMS (IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THIS EXACT LETTER, BUT THIS BLANK IS PLACED THERE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE).
IT IS SOMETIMES POSSIBLE TO CHANGE YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME, ONLY IF YOU CALL THE ASSESSOR’S OFFICE 24 HOURS PRIOR, IF YOU MISS YOUR APPOINTMENT AND DO NOT CALL YOUR APPOINTMENT WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED.