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LOCAL OPTION VETERAN EXEMPTION INCREASE
Pursuant to Public Act 16-191, the City of Torrington approved an increase to the application/income required veteran assessment exemption program from $10,000 to $20,000. For those veteran’s which filed an application last year for the exemption on the 2015 Grand List only, NEED NOT APPLY AGAIN THIS YEAR. You will automatically receive the increase on the 2016 Grand List.
For those veteran’s, which received an application from our office, required to file this year, must do so to continue to receive the assessment exemption. The filing period for this program ends on October 1, 2016.
THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE IS NOW ACCEPTING APPOINTMENTS FOR ECC - AMBULATORY EQUIPPED MOTOR VEHICLES
You must call our office, 860 489-2222, to make an appointment for inspection of the vehicle if you wish to apply again this year. Per the City of Torrington Ordinance 187-17, pursuant to § 12-81c, the filing period for such exemption is, September 1st, through October 31st. If you were on the program last year, your 2016 application reminder has been mailed to you. Failure to request an inspection will result in loss of the exemption.
Motor Vehicle Board of Assessment Appeals
2015 Motor Vehicle Appeals: At Torrington City Hall, 140 Main Street, second floor, on Monday, September 19th, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM for the sole purpose of hearing appeals related to the assessment of motor vehicles.
NO APPLICATION OR APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
All persons claiming to be aggrieved by the doings of the assessor of the city of Torrington with regard to motor vehicle assessments on the Grand List of October 1, 2015 are hereby warned to make their appeal to the Board of Assessment Appeals at this meeting.
THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE STATE ADDITIONAL VETERANS AND LOCAL OPTION VETERANS PROGRAMS.
IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY ON ONE OR BOTH OF THE ABOVE PROGRAMS YOU HAVE BEEN MAILED YOUR APPLICATION/S. PLEASE CALL THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE FOR MORE DETAILS 860.489.2222 OR CLICK ON THE LINK IN THE LEFT-HAND MARGIN OF THIS HOME PAGE.
*****THE FILING PERIOD ENDS OCTOBER 1, 2016*****
Please note: In order to ensure receipt of your Real Estate tax/Sewer fee bills, please review your mailing address on file in the Assessor's Office by phone, email or the assessor on-line assessment record, to confirm we have the most current mailing address. All Real Estate tax/Sewer fee bill requests for address change must be in writing and signed by an owner of record of the property.
All Motor Vehicle mailing address changes, must be done through the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. For further details, contact the Assessor's Office at 860.489.2222.
Failure to receive a tax bill does not waive your liability to pay.
IF YOU HAVE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO IF YOU NO LONGER OWN YOUR VEHICLE YOU ARE TAXED FOR -
CLICK ON THE MOTOR VEHICLE INFORMATION LINK IN THE LEFT MARGIN
******SI USTED TIENE PREGUNTAS ESPECIFICAS SOBRE QUE HACER SI YA NO POSEEN UN CLIC DEL VEHICULO EN EL BOTON PROPIEDADES DEL MUNDO EN EL MARGEN IZQUIERDO.******
*****For most frequently asked questions and answers regarding the 2014 Revaluation click on the link in the left-hand margin.*****
THE CURRENT REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY MILL RATE: 2015 is 45.75 mills or $45.75 per $1,000 of assessment
ex: $100,000 assessed value X .04575 = $4,575.00 tax
THE CURRENT MOTOR VEHICLE MILL RATE: 2015 is 37.00 mills or $37.00 per $1,000 or assessment
ex: $5,500 assessed value X .03700 = $203.50 tax
In the State of Connecticut, property taxes are ad valorem; this means they are based on the value of the property. Per Connecticut General Statute 12-62a, property is uniformly assessed as of the October 1st assessment date (which is oftentimes referred to as the Grand List date). Assessments are 70% of the value of the property. For motor vehicles, the assessment is therefore 70% of the average retail value, aka clean retail value of that vehicle from the pricing guide selected for that assessment year. For real estate, the assessment is 70% of the market value of the property as of the last revaluation. Revaluations occur every five years to update the values based on the changes in market.
The Torrington Assessor's office primary mission is to discover, list, and value all taxable and non-taxable real property, business personal property, and motor vehicles annually within the city pursuant to all applicable Connecticut General Statutes. This function involves maintaining accurate configurations of land and ownership, and establishing valuations upon which the city levies its property taxes. The office provides important mapping, parcel data, and ownership/assessment information and assistance to taxpayers and government agencies.
Assessments are compiled annually into a document known as the Grand List. We strive to develop values with fairness and impartiality in accordance with the laws of the State of Connecticut. The individual assessments in the Grand List distributes an individual taxpayer's property tax liability. The office also administers many State and local tax exemption programs.
A wide range of professionals and individual taxpayers use the assessor's office. We are committed to providing accurate information in a timely and courteous manner. Appraisers, attorneys, real estate agents, developers, title searchers, Federal agencies and State agencies frequently reference the information contained on our assessment records. Information of particular importance includes updated ownership information, current real property sales data, updated parcel tax maps, permit tracking, new construction inspections, and other current property characteristics including zoning, utilities, and any building data, on a daily basis.
The office generated approximately $1,774 in copying fees (e.g. copies of property record cards, tax maps, etc.) for 2015, including sales of grand list CD's, and other custom queries that was turned into the city's General Fund. Most of this revenue literally comes across the counter $1 at-a-time and represents the large volume of customers we serve throughout the year. We wrote approximately 2,296 Certificate of Corrections from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015. Most of which were motor vehicle related and again represents the large volume of taxpayers we deal with on a personal basis.
Programs administered through the Assessor's office
Elderly Homeowners Credit
State Tax Freeze
Local Option Tax Freeze
State Veterans Exemption
Local Option Veterans Exemptions
Enterprise Corridor Zone Exemptions
Manufacturing & Machinery Exemptions
Local Real Estate Abatements
Social Security Disability
Commercial Truck Exemptions
Ambulatory Equipped Vehicle Exemption
Volunteer Firefighter Abatements
Local Option Farm Building Exemption
Motor Vehicle Exemptions
Motor Vehicle Supplemental Exemptions
All of the programs listed above have an application process with specific requirements and filing deadlines. For further information please contact the office, 860.489.2222
Blind individuals who have been certified by the State of Connecticut as legally blind are eligible for a $3000 assessment exemption, example: $3,000 X .04575 (applicable mill rate) = $137.25 tax savings Applicants must provide a completed copy of their Certification of Legal Blindness from the State of Connecticut before the Grand List is signed, January 31st, in order to receive the exemption on that Grand List. This certificate needs to be submitted only once in order to enjoy this benefit for the rest of the applicant's lifetime.
Those who are Totally Disabled according to the Social Security Administration can apply for a $1000 exemption of assessed value, example: $1,000 X .04575 (applicable mill rate) = $45.75 tax savings Applicants must provide a copy of the award letter from the Social Security Office that shows when they were first determined to be totally disabled. The letter and application must be filed with the Assessor's Office before the Grand List is signed, January 31st, in order to receive the exemption on that Grand List
AMBULANCE EQUIPPED VEHICLES
Owners of vehicles that have been adapted for handicap access may be eligible for an exemption for Ambulance Equipped Vehicles. The filing period is September 1st to October 31st annually. In order to receive this exemption, a representative of the Assessor's Office must inspect the vehicle on an annual basis. You must call the Assessor's Office during the filing period to make an appointment for inspection. However; once you have been approved for the exemption, the Assessor's office will send you notification of the filing period each year.