2 Month Deadline to Appeal to Superior Court
Fairfield County municipalities including Greenwich, Westport, Fairfield, Trumbull and Bridgeport conducted revaluations on the October 1, 2015 Grand List. If you filed an appeal to the local Board of Assessment appeals you may already have received your decision or it will be coming soon. If you did not achieve a sufficient reduction to your real estate tax assessment, your only recourse is to appeal to Superior Court within two months of the Board’s decision. If this deadline is missed, your right to appeal will be lost. Since Connecticut’s revaluation cycle is five years, you maximize the potential tax savings immediately after a revaluation, although an appeal can be filed in a subsequent year.
Before challenging an assessment in Court, a thoughtful, critical evaluation of the evidence and arguments which may support an assessment reduction must be undertaken. Consult with experienced legal counsel, and discuss all matters related to the property’s value of the revaluation date, including the appropriate legal and valuation grounds for an appeal, and develop a go-forward strategy.
Most importantly, regardless of whether your property is professional office, retail, manufacturing, significant residential or waterfront, you only have two months from the date of the Board of Assessment Appeals’ decision to file an appeal in Court.