The Town of West Hartford has selected Vision Government Solutions to assist with the town-wide 2021 revaluation project. Vision’s Appraisal division will be working closely with the Assessment Department to make the process successful for the Town.
The last revaluation was completed in 2016, and state laws require towns to recalculate market values every five years. A revaluation will determine the fair market value of every property in town and equalizes the values of all properties for the purpose of a fair distribution of the tax burden.
The major phases of a municipal revaluation are:
- Data Collection
- Market Analysis
- Field Review
- Informal Hearings
You can visit the Vision Government Solutions website for information explaining each stage of the revaluation process as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here: https://www.vgsi.com/taxpayer-revaluation-information/
Phase 1 of Revaluation
Starting in May, Data Verification forms (known as Data Mailers) will be mailed to all 20,800 residential properties. Data Mailers allow property owners to be involved and to verify the information the Town has on record from previous onsite visits. The Assessor’s Office is asking that everyone return these data mailers to the Assessor’s Office in the self-addressed stamped envelope that has been included so that this can be easily done.
The Assessor’s Office and Vision personnel will then review and make any corrections if necessary.
The Town of West Hartford continues to actively monitor the evolving health situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and is deeply committed to the continued health and safety of our residents. Based on the recommended social distancing protocols established by the Center for Disease Control, the Town will be delaying interior inspections until it is deemed safe again to resume these procedures. This approach accomplishes the goal of ensuring the utmost safety of our residents and data collectors by aligning with the social distancing protocols that are recommended at a federal and state level.
In order to ensure continued accuracy in data, data collectors will go to each property and physically inspect the exterior only, to verify the measurements of each building as needed. The data collector will note a building’s size, condition, and quality of construction, improvements, topography, utilities, and numerous other characteristics. Data collectors will not enter any structure. All data collectors will be wearing reflective clothing, have an “Assessor’s Office” sign posted in the vehicle window and their cars will be registered with the Police Department as well as the Assessor’s Office in Town Hall.
The Town will continue to delay all interior inspections, until the Department of Public Health and local officials have advised that special precautions to limit the exposure of the novel coronavirus are no longer necessary.
Vision Government Solutions will send a letter to the property owner of properties having received an exterior inspection during this period requesting that the property owner call to arrange for an interior inspection at a future date.
After the initial Data Collection phase, market analysis and valuation will begin, followed by field review of properties to check and re-check values to ensure uniformity and accuracy of information. This will be followed by a Notice of New Values mailed to each property owner and an Informal Hearings phase, which enables anyone with questions concerning the revaluation process an opportunity to meet with a member of the Assessor’s staff to discuss their property value.
If you have any questions about the revaluation process or need additional information, please contact the Assessor’s Office at (860)-561-7414 or Revaluation@westhartfordct.gov