Assessor FAQs

Property Values
Property Values include not only real estate, but personal property as well. Equity in real estate is maintained through a revaluation, which occurs every five years. The majority of Personal property consists of furniture, fixtures, equipment, computers, and manufacturing equipment declared by commercial and industrial entities, although other items, such as horses, and unregistered motor vehicles need be declared as well. Motor vehicles are valued through the use of the N.A.D.A. valuation guides, as mandated by state statutes.
 
 
Personal Property
If you have personal property located within the municipal boundaries of the Town of North Branford, you must file a Personal Property Declaration. Personal Property is described as follows: Business machinery & equipment, computers & computer equipment, office furniture & fixtures, unregistered motor vehicles, horses, farm tools & machinery, and other miscellaneous personal property.   Real estate and registered motor vehicles need not be declared.
ALL declarations must be either returned or postmarked no later than November 1st in order to avoid a 25% penalty.  Requests for an extension of up to 45 days is available for just cause.   All accounts are subject to audit.
 
Declarations are available either on-line or in the Assessor’s Office.  For more information, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 203 484-6013.
 
Property Tax Relief and Property Exemptions may include Elderly programs, Motor Vehicle exemptions, Farm and Forest land classifications, Tax Exempt organizations, and Veteran’s exemptions. 
 
Farm and Forest Land
New applications for property owners claiming land as FARM or FOREST land must be filed by October 31st in order to qualify for PA490 for the Grand List.  Applications are available below.

 

Forest Land Application form

Farm Land Application form

Revaluation

The Town of North Branford completed its 2015 revaluation through Tyler Technology/CLT, using Vision Appraisal’s software. 

For more information on all properties in the Town of North Branford, including details of the structures, land value and assessment, please go to our online database - Click here.

Grand List

The Grand List generates the greatest amount of revenue to the town through the collection of tax.  Other sources of income to the town include various grants, building permit fees, copies, the filing of documents, and Park and Rec. activity enrollments, to name a few.  The dollar amount of these various sources, plus the revenue generated by the total net grand list, vs. the total town budget is calculated to create the mill rate.  A thorough analysis of all the town expenditures and revenues is made by the Town Council before it is scheduled for a town meeting. The taxpayers of North Branford play a large role in this process, as we vote in the budget, thus setting the mill rate.

Still have questions?  For more information on any of the categories listed above, please feel free to contact the Assessors’ office Monday through Friday, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm at 203-484-6013.