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Minutes of Board of Assessment Appeals, 03/11/2013

AGENDA: Board of Assessment Appeals

RECEIVED 03/13/2013 4:14pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

Minutes

Present:  Greg Stackpole, Chairman; Rick Miller; Liz Leonard

Alternate:  Liz Furrer

The meeting was called to order at 4:04 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear appeals of real estate and personal property assessments for the 2012 Grand List and deliberate on appeals.

The Board heard the following 9 appeals:

23 Indian Hill Road

Total Assessment                                                $605,800

Appellants Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012              595,000

Appellant believes the assessment is too high.  After meeting with Vision the assessment was increased.  Eugene Leone, Appraiser, was present and furnished an appraisal as of October 2012 from comparable homes in the area along with historical data of declining property values in the area.  The Chairman reviewed the field card and indicated that the open space portion of the property was not originally assessed correctly and was corrected during the revaluation thereby causing the increase.

32 Fox Run Road

Total Assessment                                                623,200

Appellants Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012               650,000

Appellant states that the condition of the adjoining property and residence is in decline and bringing down property values in the area.  Appellant provided documentation of values of comparable homes in the area.

4 Long Ridge Road

Total Assessment                                                472,800

Appellants Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012              N/A

Appellant is appealing a penalty assessed for not filing Income and Expense Statement.  The Appellant states that it was mailed in due course but not received by the Assessor’s Office.  No proof of mailing is available.  Appellant indicates that there was no Certificate of Occupancy issued on the property until January 2012 and no income and therefore no tax due for the period in question.

229 Umpawaug Road

Total Assessment                                                1,305,400

Appellants Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012               1,450,000

Agent, Ronald Kowalski II, Esq. of Cacace, Tusch & Santagata, indicated that there was no decrease in the property assessment from the revaluation.  The Agent noted that there were statements included with the appeal that indicate drainage issues at the property.

85 Sunset Hill Road

Total Assessment                                                310

Appellants Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012              $0

Appellant indicates that there is no office or business in the residence at Sunset Hill Road.  Through discussion with the Board it was realized that the office equipment is at the Sunnyview Road location.

81 Cross Highway

Total Assessment                                                315,000

Appellants Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012              $0

Agent, Anthony Cutaia, Tax Director for AT&T, states that a replacement 80kw generator was installed at the property and attributable to the real estate assessment, as was the original generator, and is also being assessed as personal property in a separate account creating a double assessment.

50 Huckleberry Road

Total Assessment                                                301,900

Appellants Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012              300,000

Appellant believes that the condition of the property/residence is not appropriately assessed.  Appellant provided photos of the property to the Board and indicated that 702 sq ft is not completely finished without heating and cellar is an unfinished dirt cellar.  Appellant provided information of comparable homes in the area.

17 Deacon Abbott Lane South

Total Assessment                                                10,316

Appellants Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012              600

Appellant believes that the assessment of the personal property is too high and not accurate for the equipment and property owned, and does not understand how the Assessor’s office valuated the personal property as a Declaration of Personal Property had never been completed.  Appellant provided a completed 2012 Declaration of Personal Property Short Form to the Board.

17 Deacon Abbott Lane South

Total Assessment                                                292,900

Appellants Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012              350,000

Appellant believes that the condition of the property/residence is not appropriately assessed and too high.

The Board entered deliberative session at 6:00 pm.

100 Redding Road

Total Assessment                                                78,750,000

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Leonard that no change be made in the assessment. Carried unanimous.

219 Black Rock Turnpike

Total Assessment                                                235,200

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

The Board exited deliberative session at 6:14 p.m.

The Board heard the following appeal:

12 Long Meadow Lane

Total Assessment                                                955,400

Appellants Opinion of Fair Market Value on October 1, 2012              1,075,000

Appellant believes that the assessment of the property is too high and provided information of various comparable homes in the area.

The Board entered deliberative session at 6:28 pm.

485 Black Rock Turnpike

Total Assessment                                                227,800

New Assessment                          221,100

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Furrer to change the kitchen and bathroom from above average to average and change grade of construction from C to C-.  Ms. Furrer seconded.  Carried unanimous.

35 Beeholm Road

Total Assessment                                                        5,339

New Assessment                          To be adjusted

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Mr. Miller that the equipment, furniture, and fixtures be adjusted to the figures submitted by Appellant.  Carried unanimous.

64 Drummer Lane

Total Assessment                                                        323,600

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Leonard that no change be made in the assessment. Carried unanimous.

84 Cross Highway

Total Assessment                                                        676,900

New Assessment                                  731,200

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Furrer to change the living area from 2,250 sq ft to 2,861 sq ft. Carried unanimous.

9 Dan Beard Lane

Total Assessment                                                        682,300

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Leonard that no change be made in the assessment. Carried unanimous.

20 Old Mill Road

Total Assessment                                                        277,800

New Assessment                          242,400

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Mr. Miller to change the grade from 10 to 9 and add an additional 10% external obsolescence on the building. Carried unanimous.

197 Ethan Allen Highway

Total Assessment                                                        412,700

MOTION: Made by Ms. Leonard, seconded by Mr. Stackpole that no change be made in the assessment. Carried unanimous.

199 Ethan Allen Highway

Total Assessment                                                        741,700

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Leonard that no change be made in the assessment. Carried unanimous.

219 Ethan Allen Highway

Total Assessment                                                        522,600

New Assessment                          465,500

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Mr. Miller to change condition factor of the land from 0.9 to 0.8 and for the kiosk/small building apply a 20% functional obsolescence and value accordingly.  Carried unanimous.

10 Fire Hill Lane

Total Assessment                                                        677,900

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Leonard that no change be made in the assessment.  Carried unanimous.

7 Great Pasture Road

Total Assessment                                                        752,350

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Leonard that no change be made in the assessment.  Carried unanimous.

34 Mountain Road

Total Assessment                                                        174,040

MOTION: Made by Mr. Miller, seconded by Ms. Leonard that no change be made in the assessment.  Carried unanimous.

542 Redding Road

Total Assessment                                                        219,100

New Assessment                          191,900

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Leonard to change condition from poor to very poor and grade of the dwelling from B to C.  Carried unanimous.

550 Redding Road

Total Assessment                                                        182,500

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

6 Little River Lane

Total Assessment                                                        455,500

New Assessment                          449,200

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Furrer to change the condition of the dwelling from good to average.  Carried unanimous.

164 Sunset Hill Road

Total Assessment                                                        186,300

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Furrer that no change be made in the assessment.  Carried unanimous.

229 Umpawaug Road

Total Assessment                                                        1,305,400

MOTION: Made by Mr. Stackpole, seconded by Ms. Leonard that no change be made in the assessment.  Carried unanimous.

The Board exited deliberative session at 8:23 p.m.

The Board will hear two scheduled appeals and deliberate on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at

4:00 p.m.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and carried unanimously at 8:24 p.m.

Submitted by klg, 3/13/13

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