NEWINGTON – The town is moving ahead with its 2020 revaluation, despite COVID-19.
Newington Town Assessor Steve Kosofsky is working with revaluation company eQuality Valuation Services, LLC to conduct the process of re-assessing the values of properties in town.
The purpose of a revaluation is to secure a more equitable distribution of the tax burden, to bring assessments up to date, and to account for any changes made that would increase or diminish a property’s value.
Towns are required to conduct revaluations every five years and Newington’s last took place in 2015.
This May, residents who did not return their revaluation forms in 2015 can expect to receive new Data Mailers in their mailbox, which must be completed and returned as requested.
“If you don’t receive one please don’t be concerned as it indicates that we do already have verified information on file from the last revaluation back in 2015,” Kosofsky noted.
The use of Data Mailers eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming canvassing door-to-door, which would also be complicated by the current pandemic.
“In addition to promoting public health and safety,” Kosofsky added, “the Data Mailers are an attempt to instill public confidence in the process by getting the public involved with the data accuracy phase of the project.”
Residents and property owners who do receive a mailer are asked to review the characteristics of their property as listed on the form and indicate any corrections by drawing a line through them or circling and printing the revised information. After the form is signed and dated, the town is requesting it be mailed within five business days.
The revaluation company’s contact information should be listed on the form if there are questions, the assessor said.
People can still request their property be inspected, with appointments being scheduled for later in the year, after COVID-19 restrictions are no longer in place.
Southington is also up for a revaluation this year, while Plainville and Plymouth are due next year and Berlin, Bristol and New Britain’s next revaluations are set for 2022.
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