Duties & Responsibilities
The primary responsibility of the Assessor's Office is to compile the Grand List, the record of all taxable and tax-exempt property. This is accomplished by identifying and placing value on all of the property located in the Town of Ellington as of October 1 of each year.
Our objective is to ensure that all property is assessed equitably in accordance with State of Connecticut General Statutes (State Laws) so that every property owner bears the appropriate share of the total property tax burden.
Accomplishment of this requires uniform assessments within each category of property. Real Estate assessments are 70% of the market value as established by the October 1, 2015 revaluation. Motor Vehicle assessments are 70% of retail market value as of October 1st of each year. Business Personal Property assessments are 70% of original cost less depreciation.
Exemptions & Tax Relief
The Assessor's Office is also responsible for administering various exemptions and tax relief programs. These programs are targeted to benefit:
- Active military servicemen and veterans
- Blind individuals
- Charitable organizations
- Farmers and owners of land classified as farm, forest and open space
- Senior citizens
- Totally disabled individuals
The actions of the Assessor's Office are governed by Connecticut General Statutes, primarily Title 12. In addition, the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Intergovernmental Policy Division prescribe regulations and issue administrative pronouncements related to the administration of statutes related to assessment practices.