Board of Assessment Appeals

The Board of Assessment Appeals is designed to serve as an appeal body for taxpayers who believe that town assessors erred in the valuation of their properties or erroneously denied them exemptions.  It is a review body, and as such serves independently of assessors.

The Board of Assessment Appeals may: 

  • Correct clerical omissions or mistakes in assessments.
  • Add to the assessment lists the names of people who own taxable property in the town, but have been omitted from the lists.
  • Increase the number, quantity or amount of the property in any person’s list.
  • Reduce the list of any person appearing before the Board by decreasing the valuation, quantity or amount of any item.
  • Make a supplemental list of any taxable property omitted by the assessors.
  • Shall add 25% to the value of any additions or supplemental lists of personal property.
  • Administer oaths in cases coming before them.
  • Elect not to conduct appeal hearings for any commercial, industrial, utility or apartment properties with assessment greater than $500,000.

Appeal Process:

Taxpayer must make a written application on or before February 20, or March 20, if the Assessor has received an extension for the filing of the Grand List, and, at one of the meetings, offer or consent to be sworn in and give facts required by the Board.

Board Members:

Name Position Term Expires
George J. Roberts Jr. Member 12/22/2018
Francis W. Devlin, Jr. Member 12/22/2019
Donald W. Gaskell Member 12/22/2019

The Board meets in March to hear appeals, or April if the assessor was granted an extension for filing the Grand List.  The Board also convenes at least once in September solely for motor vehicle assessment appeals.

Staff liaison: 
Walter Topliff
Phone:  (860) 763-8202
Email:  wtopliff@somersct.gov

This Board/Commission is aligned with the Finance Department.

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