Slight increase in Manchester's grand list
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Mon., Feb. 7, 2011
The town of Manchester recently released the grand list, dated Oct. 2010, which will be used for tax purposes for the fiscal year 2010-2011 budget calculations. This grand list will be used for the tax bills payable beginning July 2011.
The Oct. 2010 net grand list is $4,286,574,027, of which 87 percent of the value is tied to real estate, 7 percent is motor vehicles and 6 percent is personal property. Overall, this represents a modest .76 percent increase over the 2009 grand list. According to the press release issued by John Rainaldi, director of Assessment & Collection, “The slight increase in 2010 is considered reflective of the signs of some improvement in the economy, but also an indication that the economy has clearly not yet fully recovered.”
The real estate assessments showed a .42 percent growth over 2009. This, however, was significantly higher than the growth from 2009 over 2008 of only .19 percent. Seventy new real estate parcels were formed in 2010, which were mostly existing parcels being subdivided.
The personal property grand list increased in assessment by 1.47 percent, even though there were 75 fewer accounts. There were significant exemptions to personal property in 2010, especially for manufacturing equipment, part of which is reimbursed by the state to the town. Growth in personal property outweighed these exemptions, in part due to the expansion project by Connecticut Light & Power.
The largest portion of the assessment increase was in motor vehicles, which increased by 4.40 percent in value, as well as an additional 145 vehicles registered in Manchester as of Oct. 1, 2010. In 2009, there was both a decrease in the assessed value of motor vehicles and the number of vehicles. The 2010 increases reflect both the rebounding of the car industry, along with the slowing of depreciation of used cars.
Manchester’s Top Ten Taxpayers for the 2010 grand list, ranked from highest to lowest, are as follows: 1) Pavilions at Buckland Hills, consisting of 21 separate real estate accounts owned by Buckland Hills Mall, plus personal property accounts; 2) Northland Pavilions with three apartment complex accounts, personal property and motor vehicles; 3) Conn. Light and Power utility’s real estate and personal property accounts; 4) JC Penny retail and warehouse locations, plus personal property; 5) Manchester & Buckland Developer’s apartments, motor vehicle and personal property; 6) Gateway Lauren Shopping Center, which consists of seven real estate accounts and one personal property account; 7) Plaza at Buckland Hills, both the shopping center real estate and personal property; 8) Manchester Tolland Development Company’s apartments and personal property; 9 TGM Waterford two apartment complexes and personal property; and 10) Manchester Taragon LLC’s apartment complex and personal property.
For those properties that had changes in assessment, letters were mailed to the property owners on Feb. 3. “We only sent letters on approximately 500 real estate assessment changes, out of about 19,000 properties in town,” explained Rainaldi. Mailings went out to all 3,000 personal property account owners. The town does not mail out notices regarding motor vehicles until the tax bills are due in June. At that time, owners are expected to pay the motor vehicle tax and then file for an appeal, which is scheduled in September.
Property owners wishing to appeal the real estate or personal property assessments must file an appeal form no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 22. The appeal forms are available at the Office of Assessment and Collection in the Town Hall. Property owners may appeal the assessment, but not the amount of the taxes. The Manchester Board of Directors will set the mill rate for this year’s taxes in the upcoming months.
All properties will be reassessed as part of the revaluation currently underway. “The weather the last few weeks has not helped,” said Rainaldi about the revaluation, which is nonetheless still on its forecasted timeframe. “They’ll complete the measuring process late spring.”
Information about the grand list, property assessments and the current revaluation can be viewed on the assessment and collection department’s page on the town’s website at townofmanchester.org/assessor. For the real estate values, click on VisionAppraisal real estate database on the left side of the screen.