SOUTHINGTON – The appraisal firm of Vision Government Solutions, Inc. has been hired by the Town of Southington to perform the 2020 townwide revaluation project as mandated by the State of Connecticut.
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 Southington’s borders. The primary purpose of this revaluation is to eliminate any assessment inequities that may have developed since the previous revaluation in 2015.
Once real property assessments are updated to reflect their fair market values as of Oct. 1, 2020, Southington’s real property tax burden will be balanced among its taxpayers. The purpose of a revaluation is not to increase taxes. The purpose is to create an equitable distribution of the tax load.
Over the next year, representatives from Vision will be verifying information currently on file with the Assessor’s office as well as visiting properties. This work began on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.
All Vision representatives will be wearing an identification badge and their vehicles will be registered with the police department. Each vehicle should also bear an identifying magnet on its side. Homeowners are encouraged to ask for this identification prior to admitting anyone into their homes.
If a homeowner has a question as to the identity of a Vision representative, they may call the Police Department at 860-378-1600 ext. 0, or the Assessor’s Office at 860-276-6205.
Homeowners should expect the data collector to request entry into the home. Once inside, they will make observations as to room count, bath count, finished basements and attics. They will also note room dimensions. They may also ask homeowners pertinent questions regarding any remodel or addition work that may have been done to the house. After the interior data collection has been done, the Vision representative will walk around the outside perimeter of the home taking measurements. They will also note the condition and dimensions of any outbuildings on the property including but not limited to sheds, pool houses, detached garages, patios and decks. The whole process should take approximately 15 minutes.
If the first attempt at contact is unsuccessful, they will try a second time at a different time of day. If the second contact attempt is unsuccessful, they will send a letter with instructions for calling in to schedule an inspection appointment.
For updates and additional information, check the Assessor’s page at southington.org/assessor.
-The Town of Southington