of the Assessor
Christine Barta, CCMA II - Assessor
Margaret McEvoy, CCMA II - Account Clerk Ia
Town of North Branford
909 Foxon Road
North Branford CT 06471
Assessors are bound by state statute to perform various duties, which
include determining property values for taxation purposes, and reviewing
and approving various forms of property tax relief.
not only real estate, but personal property as well. Equity in real estate
is maintained through a revaluation, which occurs every five years. The
majority of Personal property consists of furniture, fixtures, equipment,
computers, and manufacturing equipment declared by commercial and
industrial entities, although other items, such as horses, and
unregistered motor vehicles need be declared as well. Motor vehicles are
valued through the use of the N.A.D.A. valuation guides, as mandated by
If you have personal property located
within the municipal boundaries of the Town of North Branford, you must
file a Personal Property Declaration.
Personal Property is described as follows:
Business machinery & equipment, computers & computer equipment, office
furniture & fixtures, unregistered motor vehicles, horses, farm tools &
machinery, and other miscellaneous personal property. Real estate and
registered motor vehicles need not be declared.
ALL declarations must be either
returned or postmarked no later than November 15, 2012 in order
to avoid a 25% penalty. Requests for an extension of up to 45 days is
available for just cause. All accounts are subject to audit.
Declarations are available either on-line or
in the Assessor’s Office. For more information, please contact the
Assessor’s Office at 203 484-6013.
Property Tax Relief may include Elderly programs, Motor Vehicle
exemptions, Farm and Forest land classifications, Tax Exempt
organizations, and Veteran’s exemptions. Please refer to the web page
for more information on these programs.
New applications for property owners
claiming land as FARM or FOREST land must be filed by November 15, 2012 in
order to qualify for PA490 for the 2012 Grand List. Applications are
available on the Assessor’s Web Page.
Forest Land Application form
Farm Land Application
The Town of North
Branford completed its 2010 revaluation through Tyler Technology/CLT,
using Vision Appraisal’s software. Data mailers were sent to the owners
of residential properties requesting verification of information. Various
physical inspections were conducted due to Building Permits, sales,
requests for inspections, differences in data mailer information, and
final review of all streets in the Town of North Branford. The use of
GIS, listing information, permit inspections and useable sales assisted us
in our market analysis in order to provide the most accurate and
successful outcome of this town-wide revaluation.
After setting values,
private appointments were available to review the information with anyone
requesting further information. Notices of Assessment Change were then
mailed, and the Grand list was completed, and signed on January 31, 2011.
For more information on
all properties in the Town of North Branford, including details of the
structures, land value and assessment, please log on to
www.vgsi.com. Go to ‘ONLINE DATABASE ACCESS’ and click to enter the
Assessor Database. Follow the links to “Connecticut” and then to “North
The Grand List generates the greatest amount of revenue to the town
through the collection of tax. Other sources of income to the town
include various grants, building permit fees, copies, the filing of
documents, and Park and Rec. activity enrollments, to name a few.
The dollar amount of these various sources, plus the revenue generated by
the total net grand list, vs. the total town budget is calculated to
create the mill rate. A thorough analysis of all the town expenditures
and revenues is made by the Town Council before it is scheduled for a town
meeting. The taxpayers of North Branford play a large role in this
process, as we vote in the budget, thus setting the mill rate.
The 2011 mill rate was
set at 27.77 mills; exactly the same rate as the 2010 mill rate. The 2011
Grand List was signed and filed on January 31, 2012.
Information on the
2011 Grand List is available
Ten Taxpayers for the 2011 Grand List is available
have questions? For more information on any of the categories listed
above, please feel free to contact the Assessors’
office Monday through Friday, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm at 203-484-6013.
you for your interest in my department, and I welcome you to our town.
Town Of North Branford
September 17, 2012
Do you qualify for the Local Optional Elderly Homeowner Tax Credit?
Tax Exemption for
Handicap-accessible Motor Vehicle Any motor vehicle which has been
modified for use by a handicapped person may be eligible for tax
exemption. Individuals requesting an exemption must complete an
“APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN AMBULANCE-TYPE MOTOR VEHICLES” and
provide proof that the motor vehicle was modified to accommodate
handicapped individuals by November 1, following the date of purchase.
Details on Local Option 213-5 – 219-9 are available in the Assessor’s
State Elderly Tax Credit Programs
Do you want to go before the Board of Assessment Appeals? You'll
need to complete this
Assessor's Tax Exempt and Quadrennial Renewal
Vehicle Tax Bill Information (what you need to do if you sold or no
longer own a vehicle that you received a tax bill for)