Assessor - Services Provided
The Assessor’s Office is responsible for compiling and maintaining the Town’s Grand List on an annual basis. The Grand List includes Real Property, Personal Property and Motor Vehicles located in a municipality as of October 1st of the assessment year. Assessments are 70% of value in accordance with the provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes.
Real Property is land and building improvements. This includes houses, sheds, decks, pools, commercial buildings, etc. Revaluation of Real Property occurs every five years in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes. Assessment is based on values established during the last revaluation. The interim Grand List years are updated with the addition of new construction. Usually new construction is discovered through building permits, however it is not the only method of discovery and failure to obtain a building permit does not exempt construction from assessment. The Town of Wolcott conducted a revaluation for October 1, 2011.
Real Estate information is available in the Assessors’ Office.
Personal Property consists of unregistered motor vehicles, farm equipment, horses, all of the assets owned by a business located within the Town, etc as of October 1 of any given year. Connecticut General Statute requires that Personal Property Declarations be filed annually with the Assessor’s Office no later than November 1st, or shall be subject to a 25% penalty. If a business or personal property owner fails to file a Personal Property Declaration the Assessor is required to file on their behalf. Personal Property Declaration forms are available in the Assessor’s Office.
Motor Vehicle is received from the Department of Motor Vehicles twice a year. This information is used to assess the registered motor vehicles within the Town. Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 14-163, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles is required to furnish the Assessor of each town a list containing the owners of motor vehicles garaged within that town and their addresses as they appear on October 1st of each year. Additionally, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles is required to furnish information on all motor vehicles, and their owners, registered between October 2nd and July 31st for assessment on the Supplemental Motor Vehicle Grand List.
Unregistered motor vehicles and vehicles registered out of state but located within the Town for 6 months or more of the assessment year are assessed as personal property and as such must be reported to the Assessor on an annual basis by the owner.
The Assessor’s Office also processes several benefit programs including the elderly and disabled homeowners program, veteran’s exemptions, local option veteran’s exemptions, disability exemptions, blind exemptions and renter’s rebate.