Assessor

 

LEGAL NOTICE

To all persons conducting business in the Town of Chester

Pursuant to Section 12-40 of the (C.G.S.), notice is hereby given that all persons conducting business in the Town of Chester must file with the Assessor’s Office a complete and accurate Declaration of all taxable personal property used in the conduct of your business as of October 1, 2018.

The Assessor’s Office as a courtesy has mailed out Personal Property Declarations to anyone who (the Assessor’s Office knows) is conducting business in the Town of Chester, whether you have received a Declaration or not, such declaration must be filed no later than November 1, 2018. Declarations filed after that date are subject to a (25%) penalty.

Personal Property must be listed on the Declaration and include (but is not limited to): all types of office furniture and fixtures, all industrial machinery and equipment, computers and other electronic data processing equipment (such as copy machines, telephone systems, fax machines, etc.), farm machinery, tools and equipment, horses and ponies, commercial fishing apparatus, mechanic tools, supplies, unregistered motor vehicles, off-road vehicles (i.e. construction equipment), carpenter tools and equipment (including ladders, compressors etc.), signs, leased equipment etc.

With special reference to leased personal property (Section 12-57a C.G.S.) state statute requires that the lessee declare to the Assessor’s Office (no later than November 1, 2018), all personal property that is in their possession (on October 1, 2018) that may be leased, borrowed, loaned, stored, or consigned. Failure on the part of any person to file such report, in the form and manner prescribed by law, shall result in a presumption that such personal property is owned by that person possessing it and that person will be assessed any subsequent penalties and tax liability for failure to file.

Typical examples of such personal property that is leased include, (but is not limited to): dumpsters, gas or propane tanks, vending machines, video machines, water coolers, coffee machines, computers, display stands or cases, display coolers, cash registers, ATM’s, telephone and telephone systems, postage machines, security systems etc.

If you have any question, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 203 Middlesex AVE, Chester, CT 06412 or call (860) 526-0013 X512.

 

The Town Assessor is responsible for listing and determining the value of all real and personal property within the town. Real property includes land and improvements permanently attached to land. Personal property is all property not classified as real. For example, business equipment, unregistered motor vehicles, snow mobiles, etc.

Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9:00 – 12:00,
1:00 – 4:00
Closed Friday

An Assessor Field Card is maintained on each property in town. They are updated daily to assure the most recent data available.

To view your Field Card on eQuality Valuation Services, LLC, please click on this link.

You may also access the Assessor’s GIS database at this link.

The Assessor’s office is responsible for the administration of certain tax relief programs for the elderly, totally disabled, and military veterans. We also accept applications to classify land as farm, forest, or open space.

The Grand List shows all taxable and tax-exempt property as of October 1st annually.

Assessors need to be certified in order to sign the Grand List. Certification can only be obtained after passing a comprehensive exam. A person is eligible to take the exam after successful completion of 5 courses and a minimum of 4 years experience in the assessment field.

Loreta Zdanys, Assessor
Darlene Pollock, Assistant Clerk

860-526-0013, Ext. 512

Motor Vehicle Benefit Application for CT Resident on Active Military Duty

Motor Vehicle

Mil Rate 2018/19 – 27.11

Important Application Deadlines from the Assessor’s Office

Renters Rebate Program –The application period for these exemptions is February 1 to October 1. Please call the Assessor’s Office at 860-526-0013 x 512 to make an appointment or to discuss your qualifications.

Additional Veteran’s Exemption – The application period for Additional Veteran’s exemptions is February 1, to October 1. Please call the Assessor’s office at 860-526-0013 x 512 to make an appointment or to discuss your qualifications.

Proof of income is required when filing for the above programs. Income includes all taxable and non-taxable income as well as social security income. Persons who file must be 65 years of age or totally disabled.

The maximum 2017 income levels to qualify for the February-May 2018 filing period is $35,300 for single applicants and $43,000 for married applicants.

Exemption forms for the Totally Disabled and for the Blind are available in the Assessor’s Office.