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Minutes of Board of Assessment Appeals, 03/09/2017 4:00pm

AGENDA: Board of Assessment Appeals

RECEIVED 03/15/2017 12:51pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

TOWN OF REDDING
BOARD OF ASSESSMENT APPEALS
REAL ESTATE APPEALS
Thursday, March 9, 2017
4:00 p.m.
TOWN HALL HEARING ROOM

Present:
Greg Stackpole, Chairman; Rick Miller; Margi Esten; Liz Furrer, Alternate; and Joanne Perlman, Alternate

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear appeals of property assessments for the 2016 Grand List.

The Board heard the following 9 appeals:

32 Lee Lane
Total Assessment $622,200
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012 $825,000
Appellant furnished an appraisal based on FMV in 2012 and noted there is a studio over the garage which is not structurally sound.

8 Main Street
Total Assessment $567,000
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012 $430,700
Appellant indicates that assessment and tax on the property has had a 32% increase in two years, which is not in line with other businesses in the area. It was noted that two of the 2nd floor apartments are completed and rented; there is one more apartment to be completed. The South end of the building is incomplete and the floor between the two floors is not structurally sound. While the front façade of the building is complete, there remains 30-40% unfinished. Photos of the unfinished area were provided.

25 Old Mill Road – Personal Property
Total Assessment $5,954
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012 $2,375
Appellant indicates a dramatic increase in assessment not consistent with the Personal Property return declaration. Office items acquired 2000-2008 have not changed. The only annual purchases are for supplies.

12 Peaceable Street
Total Assessment $368,000
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012 $450,000
Appellant noted the property was purchased in Spring 2016 and furnished an appraisal from January 2016.

120 Topstone Road
Total Assessment $528,300
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012 $645,000
Appellant indicates that the number of baths on the field card, 3-1/2 baths, and baths at the property is inconsistent. Comparative neighboring properties were noted with similar zoning and grade.

144 Topstone Road
Total Assessment $754,200
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012 $914,000
Appellant indicated the property was recently purchased for $770,000 and provided comparative properties with similar square footage and acreage.

172 Umpawaug Road
Total Assessment $1,095,800
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012 $1,099,000
Appellant indicated the property was purchased in January 2013 for $1,030,000 and provided comparative field cards for properties with similar square footage and land.

7 Woodland Dr Ext
Total Assessment $277,100
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012 $255,000
Appellant indicated the property was purchased last year for $255,000 and furnished an appraisal from 2016 with value of $260,000. Several structural issues were noted along with in-ground swimming pool in disrepair. There is also a second kitchen noted on field card in basement and it was noted that the stove had been removed per agreement with bank.

81 Sunset Hill Road
Total Assessment $320,240
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012 $300,000
Agent provided photos to the Board of the unfinished areas of the residence since 2009 and notes the assessment is too high based on the unfinished state.

The Board entered deliberative session at 6:55 p.m.

32 Lee Lane
Total Assessment $622,200
New Assessment $607,300
MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Mr. Miller to change the condition of the studio from good to fair. Carried unanimous.

8 Main Street
Total Assessment $567,000
MOTION: Made by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Stackpole that no change be made in the assessment. Carried unanimous.

25 Old Mill Road
Total Assessment $5,954
MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Mr. Miller that no change be made in the assessment. Carried unanimous.

12 Peaceable Street
Total Assessment $368,000
MOTION: Made by Ms. Esten, seconded by Ms. Perlman that no change be made in the assessment. Carried unanimous.

120 Topstone Road
Total Assessment $528,300
New Assessment $528,100
MOTION: Made by Ms. Perlman, seconded by Ms. Esten to change the number of baths to 2 Full and 2 Half baths. Carried unanimous.

144 Topstone Road
Total Assessment $754,200
MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Mr. Miller that no change be made in the assessment. Carried unanimous.

172 Umpawaug Road
Total Assessment $1,095,800
New Assessment $905,300
MOTION: Made by Ms. Esten, seconded by Ms. Furrer to change the style of the house from custom design to contemporary. Carried unanimous.

7 Woodland Dr Ext
Total Assessment $277,100
New Assessment $260,700
MOTION: Made by Ms. Furrer, seconded by Mr. Stackpole to change the condition from Good to Average, pool from Average to Fair, and grade from C+ to C. Carried unanimous.

81 Sunset Hill Road
Total Assessment $320,240
New Assessment $292,940
MOTION: Made by Mr. Miller, seconded by Ms. Esten to change the grade from B+ to B. Carried unanimous.

17 Woodland Drive: Appellant did not show, no action taken.

The Board exited deliberative session at 8:30 p.m.

The Board members requested that real estate hearing letters for future sessions request appellants to furnish field cards for comparison properties.

The Board will next meet in September 2017 for hearings on motor vehicles appeals on the October 1, 2016 Grand List.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and carried unanimously at 8:31 p.m.

Submitted by Krista Gramer, 3/15/17
Minutes not approved by BAA.