Assessor
The Assessor's records can be found online at: www.equalitycama.com
The Assessor's maps can be found online at: http://hosting.tighebond.com/killingworthct
Notice of Special Meeting and Agenda
There will be a Special Meeting of the Town of Killingworth Board of Assessment Appeals on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 from 9-11:00am at the Killingworth Town Office Building, 323 Route 81, Killingworth.

Agenda shall be to conduct hearings, deliberate, and make decisions relating to appeals to the Motor Vehicle Grand List of October 1, 2015.

- Richard W. Albrecht, Chair
(860 )663-2824

*Please note: Appeals will be heard on a first come, first served basis.
PERSONAL PROPERTY
In accordance with Connecticut General Statues §12-40 all persons liable to pay taxes on Personal Property as of October 1, 2015 are hereby notified that they must file a list of such property with the Assessment Office no later than November 1, 2016 or be subject to the twenty five percent (25%) penalty.

Personal Property Subject to Taxation Includes:
Property used in the operation of any business such as machinery and equipment, commercial furniture and fixtures, leasehold improvements, computer equipment, vending machines, supplies, unregistered vehicles, farm tools and machinery, mechanics tools, and all other tangible property located or otherwise situated within the municipal boundaries of the Town of East Hampton as of October 1, 2016.

We encourage complete and timely reporting and are available to assist taxpayers who have questions regarding the proper reporting for personal property.
REMINDERS

TO BE FILED WITH ASSESSOR BY OCTOBER 1, 2016

*100 % Totally Disabled exemption application
*Additional Veterans Tax Relief Application- income limits
One hundred percent disabled veterans income limit range is $18,000 single to $21,000 married adjusted gross income (not include social security). A biennial application is required.

*Blind exemption application
*Ambulatory Converted Vehicles application
*PA 490 Forest Report by a Connecticut Certified Forester

OCTOBER 31, 2016

*PA 490 Farm and Forestry Applications by the property owner

NOVEMBER 1, 2016
Exemption Application for Farm Machinery. (M28)

TO BE FILED WITH THE TOWN CLERK

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

*DD 214 Honorable Discharge of Veteran of Foreign Wars (not previously filed with the Town Clerk)

Applications are available at the Killingworth Town Hall, 323 Route, Killingworth, CT 06419
The Assessor’s primary objective is to make sure that the property tax burden is distributed fairly among Killingworth property owners. The office assesses all taxable property located within the town according to state law and under state oversight. The assessor is also responsible for reviewing and approving various forms of property tax relief and exemptions, such as senior tax relief and veterans’ exemptions.

The assessor produces the annual Grand List, a record of all taxable and tax-exempt property in Killingworth. Under state law, the Grand List must be submitted by the end of January for all property ownership on October 1 of the previous year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is an assessment?
A. An assessment is the value placed on property appearing in the Grand List—the list of all taxable and tax-exempt property in the town. To determine the tax liability for a particular property, the property assessment is multiplied by the town’s mill rate. In Connecticut, an assessment is equal to 70 percent of the fair market value as established by the municipal assessor. For motor vehicles and business personal property, this assessment is recalculated annually as of October 1st. Real estate assessments are established during the town-wide revaluations, which are performed on a schedule established by state law.

Q. What is the fair market value, and who determines it?
A. Fair market value is a legal term defined by the courts and state statute as the purchase price that a property would bring on the open market, given prudent, knowledgeable, and willing buyers and sellers. Fair market value is the standard by which the fairness of all assessments is judged.

Buyers and sellers determine the fair market value of real estate. The appraiser or assessor analyzes real estate transactions that occur within a community and determines the factors that led to the final sale prices. These analyses are then used to estimate the market values of all properties in a community. Some of the typical factors used by an appraiser in estimating market values include location, condition, age, size, and quality of improvements.

Q. What guidelines must the assessor follow?
A. The assessor follows:
  • Connecticut General Statutes (primary Title 12)
  • relevant case law (which assists in interpreting these statutes)
  • regulations and administrative pronouncements from the State of Connecticut Office of Policy & Management, Intergovernmental Policy Division.
Q. How is the tax rate established?
A. The tax rate, or mill rate, is set annually by the elected Board of Finance members once the town’s budget has been approved in Town Meeting and the Regional School District 17 budget has been approved in a referendum. In simplest terms, the mill rate is the town’s levy—the amount of money the town needs to generate through the property tax in order to provide town and school district services—divided by the taxable grand list. In recent years, the education budget has accounted for about 80 percent of all tax dollars.

Q. How can I determine if my assessment is fair?
A. To judge the fairness of your assessment, two questions should be asked. First, does the assessment represent 70 percent of the probable selling price as of the revaluation date of October 1, 2011.

Second, is my assessment similar to that of comparable properties in town as of October 1, 2011. The assessor's office maintains information that will help you answer these questions, including a list of properties that have sold in town and the assessments of all properties in town.



Town of Killingworth
323 Route 81, Killingworth, CT 06419
860.663.1765
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