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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE TOWN OF BOLTON

On June 28, 2024, Town of Bolton staff became aware of an issue with some tax bills being calculated with the previous assessed value and the new mil rate resulting in undervalued tax bills. Further investigation revealed that this affected 556 accounts. Those accounts are being rebilled correctly. Only those 556 affected accounts have a revised deadline of August 30, 2024, to pay without penalty. All other tax bills are due not later than August 1, 2024. Closer investigation also found that the grand list calculations were incorrect, and it is $30,703,164.00 lower than it should be. With the current mil rate and the new grand list valuation the Town will collect approximately $1,000,000.00 more in taxes than is necessary to operate the Town for the current fiscal year. The Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee met on July 8, 2024, to discuss this matter. At their meeting they determined that they would continue to collect taxes based on the proper evaluations and the current mil rate. They also were in consensus that they would like to return funds to taxpayers in excess of the amount approved by taxpayers for this fiscal year. In an effort to determine the best way to accomplish that they formed an ad hoc committee which includes members of both boards. The charge of that committee is to work with the town administrator and town attorney to determine the most effective and efficient way to accomplish that task. They have also been tasked with completely investigating the issue and determining what happened and how to prevent it from occurring again in the future.

Board of Assessment Appeals

Members

  • Thomas S. Fiorentino - Chair (Republican)
    • Term Expires: November 17, 2025
  • Mary Terhune (Democrat)
    • Term Expires: November 16, 2027
  • Matthew T Wraight (Republican)
    • Term Expires: November 16, 2027

The Board of Assessment Appeals meets annually in March to hear the appeals of taxpayers who feel that they have been aggrieved, and at least twice in September to hear appeals on motor vehicles. Appeals must be in writing on the appropriate appeal form.  Real Property appeals must be filed by February 20th, and September motor vehicle appeals must be filed on or before the grievance day. Application forms may be downloaded below, or picked up at the Assessor’s Office.
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MARCH PROPERTY ASSESSMENT APPEALS:
Bolton taxpayers may appeal their property assessment by completing the “Board of Assessment Appeal Application” and filing the form in the Assessor’s office on or before February 20th.  Section 12-111 of the Connecticut General Statutes states that “The written appeal shall include, but is not limited to, the property owner’s name, name and position of the signer, description of the property which is the subject of the appeal, name and mailing address of the party to be sent all correspondence by the board of assessment appeals, reason for the appeal, appellant’s estimate of value, signature of property owner, or duly authorized agent of the property owner, and date of signature.” “The board shall notify each aggrieved taxpayer who filed a written appeal in the proper form and in a timely manner, no later than March 1st immediately following the assessment date, of the date, time and place of the appeal hearing.” (CGS Sec. 12-111.)
 
The filing deadline for appeals is February 20th. Failure to file a written appeal by February 20th is considered a waiver to your right of appeal in that year.
 
The Board of Assessment Appeals will review the application and return a copy of the form with the date and time of the hearing. Each appellant will have 15 minutes to present the appeal.
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER MOTOR VEHICLE ASSESSMENT APPEALS:
Bolton taxpayers may appeal their motor vehicle assessment by completing the “Motor Vehicle Application to the Board of Assessment Appeals” and filing it with the assessor’s office on or before the meeting of the Board in September.  Appellants or their authorized agent must appear in person with the motor vehicle for which the assessment is being appealed.

Applications

March Application
September MV Application

 

Agenda & Minutes

Date Agenda Minutes
September 14, 2023
Special Meeting
Agenda 

Minutes