Assessor Mission Statement:
The principal objective of the Assessor’s office is to assign and list proper values to all real estate, business personal property and motor vehicles in a manner that is in compliance with Connecticut State Statutes. In addition, the Assessor maintains and updates ownership of residences and mapping records. The Assessor's office provides access to the many exemption programs available to residents.
Filing for the 10/1/2016 Grand List
Personal Property: Personal property declarations are being mailed to all businesses on the October 1st 2016 Grand List. New businesses should request forms from the Assessor. All owners of tangible personal property are required by Connecticut General Statutes to file annually with the Assessor. Unregistered motor vehicles and vehicles registered out-of-state and garaged in Salem must also be declared.
Failure to File: Section 12-42 of the Connecticut General Statutes requires the Assessor to file a listing for those who fail to file or file late and add a 25% penalty to the listing. The deadline to file is November 1, 2016.
Notice to Veterans: Veterans who have not yet filed their discharge papers with the Town Clerk are reminded that the deadline to file is September 30, 2016 to be eligible for an exemption on the 2016 Grand List. An original or certified copy of the Honorable Discharge, or similar, must be filed with the Town Clerk’s office prior to October 1, 2016. Veterans of any war period so declared in Section 12-81, Subsection 19 of the Connecticut General Statutes, having received an Honorable Discharge, or still serving on active duty, are eligible for the veteran’s exemption.
Veterans claiming disability exemptions for the first time must submit proof from the Veterans Administration to the Assessor during the Assessment period stating the percentage of disability in order to receive the proper amount of exemption on the 2016 Grand list. All others need only file if their percentage of disability changed since 10/1/2010.
Notice to Totally Disabled and Blind Persons: Disabled persons who have not yet filed their SSA Award Letter with the Assessor are reminded to file their proof of disability during the assessment period to be eligible for the 2016 Grand List exemption. This information has to be filed only once.
PA 490 Applications for Farm and Forest must be filed by December 31, 2016. The Foresters report must be filed by October 1st for the year the classification is to take effect.
Anyone requiring additional information may contact the Assessor’s office Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ext. 140 or 130.
REVALUATION TO START IN SALEM
Verification of sales and building permits will begin next Monday February 22, 2016 for the October 1, 2016 Grand List.
The Revaluation will be ongoing throughout the year. Field personnel of Vision Government Solutions, the firm hired to conduct the revaluation, will carry photo identification and their vehicle information. This information is also on file with the office of the Assessor, Resident State Trooper, and the First Selectman.
Please contact the Assessor’s office with questions at 860-859-3873 Ext 130
FIELD CARD DISCLOSURE:
ATTENTION PROPERTY RECORD CARDS ARE A WORK IN PROGRESS. PROPERTY RECORD CARDS MAY BE DIFFERENT AS SALEM IS UNDERGOING A REVALUATION AND TABLES MAY CHANGE WHICH WILL AFFECT VALUE.