2017 Town-wide Revaluation News

 The Assessor's Office is in the process of a town-wide revaluation of all real properties in the Town of Hartford.  This commenced in February 2016 and will be completed by July 1, 2017.  This will constitute the 2017 Grand List.
 

THE DATA COLLECTION and FIELD REVIEW
ARE NOW COMPLETE!

    
     
-THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ASSISTED IN THIS ARDUOUS PROCESS.

  
Thank you for the overwhelming support and cooperation you have given these guys!  It was not easy catching up with all of you and the rain, snow and mud bring on another level of challenge.
 
So What's Next? 
It's now time to analyze the data, create schedules and set values!  This will take a few weeks.  

Once this is done a letter will be sent out called  'Notice of Change of Appraisal' to all property owners of record as of April 1, 2017. Please read the notice carefully for instructions on how to review your information and what to do if you want to appeal your value.  The time frame is short and defined by statute so DON'T set it aside.  REVIEW YOUR INFORMATION
 
If you find anything on your parcel card that is incorrect, please contact our office (802-295-3077).  Corrections can be made without going to appeal. 

If you have any questions on your value or the process, please stop by or call before Grievance Hearings begin, we are happy to sit down with you.
  
'Accurate Data = a Good Grand List'

WHEN DO I FIND OUT ABOUT MY NEW ASSESSMENT?

Once the 'Notice of Change of Appraisal' are sent you will be able to go online and view your new parcel card.  The Assessor's office can correct anything you find amiss in your information before the Abstract Values are set.  The Abstract Values are what is filed with the town clerk as the official preliminary list.  This will begin the Grievance Process (see Appeals/Grievance for an overview of that process).  Once the grievance hearings are completed, the updated Grand List values are set and filed with the town clerk.  These values are utilized in the process to set and bill taxes.
 

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT MY TAXES?


Once Grievance is completed, the values are set.  The Grand List is filed with the town clerk and this becomes the Taxable Grand List.  At that point (usually the beginning of July) the Grand List is sent to the Finance Office where the tax rates are set and tax liabilities are calculated and sent to the property owners of record as of April 1, 2017.
 
Grand List Value x .01 = taxable value x tax rate = tax liability

       

WHAT IS A 'REVALUATION'?

  
A Revaluation is the process of performing all of the necessary Market Analysis and Valuation steps to determine accurate and equitable values for all properties within a municipality. The equalization of the values within Town creates a fair distribution of the tax burden. The purpose of a Revaluation is not to raise taxes. The purpose is to create an equitable distribution of the tax load. 
                                  Click on the stages in the flowchart for a description
                          
For more detailed information go to http://www.vgsi.com/vision/Applications/Reval/Home.aspx  
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 295-3077 or email us at listers@hartford-vt.org 

RE-INSPECTION PROGRAM STARTED FEBRUARY 2016



Representatives from Vision Government Solutions of Northborough, Mass, the firm hired by the Town of Hartford, will perform a Town-wide property re-inspection program as part of the 2017 town-wide Revaluation. These inspections began in February 2016. This is a vital part of the process and will take approximately 10 month to complete.

The Data Collectors will carry photo identification and have a sign on their cars. A description of their cars and license plate numbers will be on file with the Hartford Police Department (295-9425) and the Assessor's Office.  The Assessor suggests that homeowners request identification before granting anyone permission to enter your home or business.

During this process Data Collectors will visit all residential and commercial properties to physically measure buildings (exterior only) and do an inspection of the interior, exterior and take one exterior photo. Building characteristics such as, size, age, quality of construction, construction materials, improvements, story height and condition are noted. To ensure a home or business is inspected, a homeowner or company representative must sign a property record card to verify the inspection. The entire process takes approximately 10-30 minutes depending on the complexity of the property.

The Assessor’s Office appreciates your cooperation and assistance with this program.  Data Collector's generally work between 9 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday. There will be an initial attempt to enter a property; if no one is at the home or business on that occasion a letter will be sent to homeowners and business owners to call and schedule an appointment at his/her convenience.

Your cooperation is essential to having an accurate accounting of your property and equitable assessment thru out the community. 

Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions, 295-3077 or
email us at listers@hartford-vt.org .