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Minutes of Board of Assessment Appeals, 03/18/2019

AGENDA: Board of Assessment Appeals

RECEIVED 03/20/2019 1:08pm
Kathleen R. Miserendino - Redding Deputy Town Clerk

BOARD OF ASSESSMENT APPEALS
REAL ESTATE APPEALS
Monday, March 18, 2019
4:00 p.m.
TOWN HALL HEARING ROOM

Present:    Greg Stackpole, Chairman
Rick Miller
Margi Esten
Joanne Perlman, Alternate

The meeting was called to order at 4:03 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear appeals of property assessments for the 2018 Grand List.

The Board heard the following eight appeals:

40 Putnam Park Road
Total Assessment                                                                    $346,450
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $300,000
Appellant noted there is a conservation easement on the property and voiced concern that it is not correctly applied to the field card.  The Board members reviewed the field card and noted there is 3.59 acres of open space.  The appellant explained there has been an ongoing issue with the telephone pole located in the middle of the driveway area in that because the lot is a subdivision the power lines to the house should be relocated underground.  Photos were provided.  Drainage issues were also noted.

4 Quarry Rock Road
Total Assessment                                                                    $655,600
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $936,500
Appellant is requesting the grade of the house be changed back to A.  The house was changed to A+ in the 2017 revaluation and there has been no changes or work done to the property.

580 Redding Road
Total Assessment                                                                    $520,700
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $565,000
Appellant has noted the house has an unusual, split level floor plan.  The land is not useable. There is no backyard and it is situated on a hill.  There is a steep driveway.  The property has been on the market for over two years, currently for $598,000.

73 Redding Road, Unit 9
Total Assessment                                                                    $71,500
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $50,000

73 Redding Road, Unit 10
Total Assessment                                                                    $93,700
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $70,000

73 Redding Road, Unit 11
Total Assessment                                                                    $84,000
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $70,000

73 Redding Road, Unit 12
Total Assessment                                                                    $117,300
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $80,000

73 Redding Road, Unit 13
Total Assessment                                                                    $221,500
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $100,000

Appellant indicates that the 5 units at 73 Redding Road is a professional building.  Each unit is individual except units 10 and 11 are combined.  The Appellant bought all of the units separately.   The Appellant has been trying to rent the units for five years but it has been unsuccessful.  He wants to sell them but the assessed values are higher than the actual sale prices.  When purchased they were less than $85 per square foot.

The Board entered deliberative session at 5:00 p.m.

169 Picketts Ridge Road
Total Assessment        $600,000

MOTION:  Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Mr. Miller that no change be made to the assessment.  Carried unanimous. 

The Board exited deliberative session at 5:10 p.m.

The Board heard the following two appeals:

24 Sanfordtown Road
Total Assessment                                                                    $562,000
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $665,000
The Appellant indicates that house was built in 1997 and feels that the appraised value is higher than the value.  In 2011, the purchase price was $740,000.  An appraisal was furnished for October 2017 with a value of $750,000.

194 Simpaug Turnpike
Total Assessment                                                                    $621,000
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $ ??
Appellant indicated that half of the house is from 1939 but in 2005 when purchased there was an addition of a family room and extra bath.  The owner indicates that there have been no additional changes since the previous revaluation and does not understand why the assessment increased dramatically.  There has been water drainage issues on the front of the property since the paving of Simpaug Turnpike.  The house is on the market but there have been no offers.  The Board asked if Vision Appraisal did a site visit during the revaluation and the owner indicated they did not and that no card was received about it.

The Board entered deliberative session at 5:40 p.m.

1 Meadows Edge
Total Assessment        $935,200
New Assessment                                 $857,900
MOTION:  Made by Ms. Esten, seconded by Mr. Miller to change the grade from AA- to A+.  Carried unanimous. 

194 Simpaug Turnpike
Total Assessment        $621,000
MOTION:  Made by Mr. Miller, seconded by Ms. Esten that no change be made to the assessment.  Carried unanimous. 

The Board exited deliberative session at 5:45 p.m.

The Board heard the following two appeals:

117 Umpawaug Road
Total Assessment                                                                    $500,300
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $640,000
Representative for the Appellant indicated that the house is a 1800s antique located on a hillside. Photos of the exterior and interior were provided.  The property was purchased in 2015.  An appraisal with comparable properties was furnished for Oct 2017 with a value of $640,000.

29 Umpawaug Road
Total Assessment                                                                    $751,400
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $800,000
Appellant indicated the property was purchased in October 2018 for $775,000.  An appraisal was provided with a value of $795,000 from September 2018.  Comparable homes were provided and discussed with the Board.  There have been no renovations to the property and photos were provided.

The Board entered deliberative session at 6:15 p.m.

163 Old Redding Road
Total Assessment        $639,200
MOTION:  Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Esten that no change be made to the assessment.  Carried unanimous. 

The Board exited deliberative session at 6:24 p.m.

The Board heard the following two appeals:

262 Umpawaug Road
Total Assessment                                                                    $1,419,800
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $1,630,000
Appellant furnished an appraisal from November 2017 with valuation of $1,630,000.

3 West Woodland Drive
Total Assessment                                                                    $395,100
Appellant’s Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2017                     $425,000
Appellant indicated the house was built in the 1950s and additions were done in the 1980s.  In July of 2016 the house was destroyed in a storm with a tree falling on the house.  The house was rebuilt with an addition of a half bath, 1 car garage and master bath suite.  Photos of before and after were provided.  Comparable homes were discussed.  It was noted that the Assessor did a site visit when the renovation was near complete.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and carried unanimously at 6:54 p.m.

Submitted by Krista Gramer, 3/20/19
Minutes not approved by BAA.

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