Correction, 10 p.m., Dec. 15: Bob Barron is Chief Financial Officer. Correction, Nov. 16: Press release sent by Donna King, headline adjusted; Updated, 7:18 a.m.: Copy edits
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk property owners should be receiving their preliminary notice of new appraisals mid-next week, according to a City Hall press release.
“Property information maintained by the Assessor’s Office has a major impact on the valuation of property. Owners should review the records for their property at the start of each revaluation period,” the release sent by City Clerk Donna King said.
State Statutes mandate that Connecticut municipalities revalue property every five years, and the Assessor’s Office is in the final stages of the City’s Oct. 1 revaluation, the release said. The final assessed values that are determined will be the foundation for real estate taxes for Fiscal Years 2019-2020 through 2023-2024.
A public information session is planned for Tuesday. Key dates in the process:
- Monday, Nov. 19: notice of preliminary values will be mailed
- Tuesday, Nov. 20: Revaluation process overview presentation
- Wednesday, Nov. 21: Informal appeal hearing scheduling begins
- Dec. 5 to 29: Informal appeal hearings with Tyler Technologies
- Jan. 31: 2018 Grand List is finalized
- Feb. 1 to Feb. 20: Board of Assessment Appeals scheduling
- Feb. 1 to May 15: State and local elderly homeowners assessment exemption credit application period
- Feb. 1 to Sept. 30: Additional veterans assessment exemption application period
- Feb. 8: Last day for mailing final assessment notices
- March 1 to March 19: Board of Assessment Appeals hearings
- April 30: Board of Assessment Appeals deadline to complete duties
- May 6: Mill rates are announced
- June 10: Tax bills are mailed
- July 1: First tax payment due
“Revaluation is the process by which the Assessor estimates the market value for all real estate in the City. Connecticut General Statutes permit assessors to use the assistance of Connecticut certified revaluation companies to complete revaluations,” the release said. “For the 2018 Revaluation, the City of Norwalk has contracted with Tyler Technologies, Inc. (Tyler) to assist with the appraisal of Norwalk’s real property. Tyler is the nation’s only national mass appraisal company and has been appraising properties since 1938. Tyler is a Delaware corporation, having its principal offices at One Tyler Way, Moraine, Ohio 45439.”
Tyler “verified building sketches with proprietary software and satellite images and conducted a final exterior review of property characteristics and values for all real property,” the release said. Full interior inspections were attempted for selected Norwalk real property, and for all sold properties.
“Tyler assigned an experienced team with extensive appraisal experience working on revaluation projects, including waterfront appraisals. Appraisal projects in Connecticut of similar scope, successfully completed by Tyler, include Greenwich, Darien, Stratford and Hartford,” the release said. The team used Vision Government Solutions, Inc. Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) software was used.
Norwalk Assessors and Tyler will present an overview of the 2018 Revaluation process at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Concert Hall, the release said. This will instruct property owners on how they can participate in the revaluation process, in a presentation that is “not geared toward the value of individual property or specific property issues.”
Property owners should start receiving notices Wednesday, notifications of market value estimates and property assessed values, that will be used in conjunction with the mill rate to determine property taxes due July 1 and Jan. 1, 2020, the release said. Notices offer telephone numbers and website addresses for scheduling informal reviews of the preliminary values.
“The hearings are by appointment only,” the release said. “Dates, times and rooms reserved for informal reviews are on the city’s website www.norwalkct.org. Owners may review their property information, and those of neighboring properties on the City’s website, and on public access terminals located in the Assessor’s Office. The Informal Review Hearings are opportunities for property owners to address concerns that are specific to their properties.”
Tyler personnel will begin informal appeals reviews on Dec. 5 in City Hall, the release said.
“Tyler’s staff will be working on selected days Monday through Saturday, generally, between 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM,” the release said. “The hearings will be limited to 15 minutes per property. Documentation supporting the property owner’s claimed value may be submitted at the hearing. “
Further questions can be directed to the Assessor’s Office in person or at (203) 854-7888.