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Donna Murphy
Assessor (part-time)
Lisa Trase
Deputy Assessor
Raven Reid
Assistant to Assessor


Hours:
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 1:00 pm


Address:
 83 Mountain Road
Suffield, CT 06078

(860) 668 3866

 

 

 

Assessment Info

October 1, 2018 Mill Rate: 28.72
($28.72/ $1,000 of net assessed value)
for July 2019 and January 2020 tax bills

Population Estimate 2010: 14,387
Area: 43.1 square miles
Assessment Ratio: 70%
Assessment Date: October 1st for the following fiscal year
Filing Deadline for Personal Property: November 1st
Completion of Grand List: January 31st

Powers & Duties

The powers and duties of the assessor shall be those set forth by any and all general statutes concerning the assessment of real and personal property particularly Title 12, and Title 9 of the general statutes (Suff. Code §16-23).

Revaluation

Date of last revaluation: October 1,2018
Next scheduled revaluation: October 1, 2023

Revaluation:
The equalization of property values by estimating the current market value of all property in Town.

Vision Appraisal Online Database

  • Review new assessment data with inquiry access to Assessor's database.
  • Includes value summary, building data, photo, and general revaluation information.
  • Information regarding revaluation process and answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Submit general questions and receive feedback.

Adjustments/Appeals

Motor Vehicle Adjustments
  • Bring proof to Assessor's office.
  • Acceptable types of proof:
    • Plate receipt with affidavit
    • Bill of Sale
    • Letter from insurance company showing date and reason for change
    • Out-of-state Registration
  • Use Suffield 139 for town tax code on registration to prevent being taxed by wrong town.
Appeals
  1. Discuss with Assessor's office
    • No appointment necessary
  2. Board of Assessment Appeals​​​​
  3. Superior Court
    • Appeals of BAA decision to Superior Court must be made within 2 months of notice

 

Personal Property Declarations

All owners of taxable business personal property are required to file declarations of such property with Assessor of Town where property is located on October 1, 2019 assessment date.  This declaration is due to Assessor’s Office by November 1, 2019.  Failure to declare will result in a 25% penalty.

To Declare Online

New for 2019, Personal Property Declarations are now accepted online!

  • Instructions for online filing found by clicking here
  • Use link below to access online filing page
  • Link available September 30th - December 15th
  • Applicants must register for account with access code provided in Personal Property Declaration mailed to business owners
  • Contact the Assessor's office if form/code not available

Online Personal Property Declarations

To Declare by Downloading Forms

Applicants may still download forms and file via mail/delivery to Assessor's office.

  • Personal Property Forms (link to be added when available)

What to Declare

Items to be declared:

  • Non-registered motor vehicles
  • Snowmobiles, and trailers
  • Horses and ponies not used in farming
  • Business furniture and fixtures
  • Farming machinery and tools
  • Mechanics tools
  • Electronic data processing equipment
  • Leased equipment
  • Machinery
  • All in-home businesses must declare personal property

Items which do NOT need to be declared:

  • Real estate
  • Registered motor vehicles

 


 

Public Act490
Farm/Forest/Open Space

Farms/Forest/Open space Application Forms

All applications must be filed with the Assessor between September 1st and October 31st.

Additional Info

Exemptions

Due to the number and complexity of exmptions, the following is intended only to provide a general idea of what is available. Please call the Assessor's office to discuss eligibility, details, and to submit an application.

Crumbling Foundation

Elderly Homeowners

  • Income regulated credit program
  • Available thru the State by application between February 1st and May 15th annually
  • For residents 65+ years of age or totally disabled
  • Town program allows credit equal to State benefit for those qualifying for State program

 

Veterans

Veterans Exemption

  • Available to veterans and active duty military
  • Exemption of at least $3,000

Additional State Exemption

  • Income-regulated
    • Proof of income required
  • Available by application October 1
    • Apply in Assessor's office

Active Duty Motor Vehicle

Active Duty Motor Vehicle Exemption

  • Available to active duty military personnel
    •  Includes National Guard
  • One vehicle exempted by application
    • Military ID required
    • Apply in Assessor's office

Active Duty Non-Resident Motor Vehicle Exemption

  • Available to non-residents serving in Connecticut due to military orders
    • Exempt from motor vehicle taxes
    • Annual application by October 1

Blind

  • $3,000 exemption for legally blind person
  • $2,000 additional exemption available under income-related program

Totally Disabled

$1,000 exemption for totally disabled person by application by January 31st.

Specially Equipped Vehicle

Equal to total value of vehicle adapted for transport of or operation by disabled person, by application.