- Mary Gardner, CCMA II, Assessor
45 Fort Hill Road, Groton CT 06340
The Assessment Division’s job is to ensure that the Town’s tax base is distributed fairly and accurately. This is done through the discovery, data collection, and valuation of all property on the Grand List. The division also administers the various exemption and abatement programs related to property taxation.
Links, Information, and Downloads:
- Assessment Inspection Update – Covid 19
- A Message from Your Board of Assessment Appeals: FAQ sheet
- Town of Groton Geographic Information Systems
- 2020GL Property Tax Relief & Veteran Exemption UPDATE
2020 Personal Property Declarations
The Groton Assessor’s Office reminds owners and lessees of tangible personal property that Connecticut General Statute 12-40 requires all persons, both residents and non-residents to file with the Assessor by November 2, 2020 a sworn declaration of all assets used by the business as of October 1, 2020. Failure to file such declaration with the assessor’s office will result in the assessor filing on behalf of the business and adding a 25% penalty per CGS 12-41(d).
Extension Requests may be requested on or before November 1, 2020 per CGS 12-42. Although the declarations are due by November 2, 2020, the filing deadline for an extension request remains November 1, 2020.
Examples of such tangible personal property include but are not limited to: machinery, cables, conduits, pipes and other fixtures of water, gas, electric companies; leasehold improvements classified as other than real property; furniture and fixtures; unregistered motor vehicles; farm machinery; tools; expensed supplies; horses & ponies. Various exemptions are explained on the declaration and available if filed on time.
- 2020 Personal Property Press Release
- 2020 Farm Machinery Exemption Application
- 2020 Personal Property Declaration Long Form
- 2020 Personal Property Declaration Long Form – Editable
- 2020 Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment Exemption Itemized List
- 2020 Personal Property Declaration Short Form
- 2020 Filing Deadline Extension Request - **Due by November 1, 2020**
2020 Personal Property Grand List – List of Assessments
2021 Income & Expense Forms and Instructions
Apartments & Multi Family
Auto RelatedGeneral Forms
Hotel / Motels
- Land Lease Form Instructions
- Land Lease I&E Forms
- Covid Survey - General Commercial Real Estate Land Lease
Marinas & Boatyards
- Marinas & Boatyards Form Instructions
- Marinas & Boatyards Forms
- Covid Survey - General Commercial Real Estate Marinas
- Mobile Home Parks Form Instructions
- Mobile Home Parks Forms
- Covid Survey - General Commercial Real Estate Mobile Home Parks
- Office Property Form Instructions
- Office Property Forms
- Covid Survey - General Commercial Real Estate Office Property
2021 Town-wide Revaluation of Real Property
In accordance with Connecticut General Statutes, the Town of Groton is conducting a real property revaluation as required for the Grand List of October 1, 2021. This revaluation will correspond to the tax bills that will be due in July 2022.
The Town of Groton solicited bids through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Two bids were received and the selected bidder was Tyler Technologies of Moraine, Ohio. Tyler is the oldest and largest provider of revaluation services and has performed revaluations nationally since 1938. They have also performed Groton’s prior five revaluation projects.
The revaluation will determine the fair market value of every property in town and will equalize the values of all properties for the purpose of a fair and equitable distribution of the tax burden.
The project is considered a ‘full measure and list’ revaluation, meaning that all building characteristics need to be verified for accuracy. The Assessment Division employed a Data Mailer program over the past three years to reduce the number of physical inspections necessary and to reduce the cost of the revaluation project. The savings for this project was approximately $46,000 in reval data collection costs to the town. The data mailer process is supported by Connecticut statute.
Data collection is scheduled to begin in March 2021. Properties previously not mailed the data mailer by the Assessment Division and properties that did not return the data mailer will be visited for physical inspection. With Covid-19 protocols in mind, interior information will be requested to be confirmed at the front door. The Town of Groton and Tyler Technologies are committed to conducting this project with the health and safety of Groton residents in mind. We will continue to monitor the recommended social distancing protocols established by the Center for Disease Control and will be updating the public on data collection procedures on an on-going basis. Updates to the process will be posted on the Town’s website at www.groton-ct.gov.
Data collectors will measure the exterior of the building and note the condition, quality of construction, outbuildings, topography and numerous other characteristics. All data collectors will have identification badges and their vehicles will be registered with the Town, City and Groton Long Point Police Departments. Homeowners and commercial property owners are encouraged to ask for the identification badge. If a homeowner or business real estate owner has any questions as to the identity of a data collector, they may call their local Police Department (Town, City or GLP) or the Assessment Division at 860-441-6660 or Tyler Technologies at 860-207-7888.
After the initial data collection phase, market analysis and valuation will begin, followed by a field review of properties to check and re-check values to ensure uniformity and accuracy of information. All properties that have sold within the prior two years will also be visited for data verification.
Homeowners and commercial real estate owners are reminded that specific questions regarding their current assessment and taxes should be directed to the Groton Assessment Division or Tax Collection Division. Data Collectors are not prepared to answer questions concerning current values or taxes. The data collectors’ sole purpose is to gather information and the actual appraised values will be determined later during the market analysis and valuation phases of the project.
Revaluation is considered a revenue neutral process. Most revaluations typically experience a shift in the tax burden between commercial and residential real estate and even shifts within those categories. The main purpose of revaluations is to correct inequalities in appraisals that have developed since the prior revaluation and re-align the distribution of taxes. When towns conduct revaluations, the tax levy is not changed by the revaluation and the total amount of taxes the town will need to collect will be the same. What does change is the amount of taxes individual taxpayers pay, not the total amount of taxes needed for municipal budgeting purposes.
The July 2022 tax bills will reflect the new appraisals and assessments under this revaluation.
The Town of Groton and the Assessment Division appreciate your cooperation and consideration during this large undertaking. Your participation is necessary to ensure a successful and fair outcome of the 2021 revaluation project.
Mary Gardner, CCMA II
Antique Affidavit for Motor Vehicles over 20 Years
Charitable/Other Organizations Quadrennial Tax Exemption Applications
Motor Vehicle Assessment Information Pamphlet & Handicap Vehicle Exemption Information
Motor Vehicle Information
MOTOR VEHICLE OWNERS
STANDARD FORMS OF PROOF
TWO FORMS REQUIRED
- Plate Receipt from DMV indicating that the registration has been Canceled, Lost or Stolen.
- Any of the following IN ADDITION TO #1
(The bill of sale is now on the bottom of vehicle owners' registration form and transfer information must be recorded on the back of the registration form before being submitted to DMV --therefore the seller's obligation is to provide a copy of the signed registration form along with the plate receipt to the Assessor.)
b. A copy of the Transfer to Title.
(The seller must provide the Assessor with a copy of the signed title and the plate receipt.)
- Out of State registration - proof of residency and a copy of registration showing the date the vehicle was registered outside the State of Connecticut along with the plate receipt.
- Stolen Vehicle - A statement from the insurance company indicating that the vehicle was stolen and NOT RECOVERED. Owner must file a lost or stolen plate form with the DMV.
- Totaled Vehicle - A statement from the insurance company indicating that the vehicle was totaled. If owner did not return plate then he/she must file a lost or stolen plate form with the DMV.
- Junked Vehicle - A notarized receipt from junkyard in addition to the plate receipt.
- Trade-In Vehicle - A copy of the purchase agreement identifying the trade-in vehicle and a plate receipt.
- Donated Vehicle - A copy of the donation letter from the charitable organization identifying the vehicle and the date it was donated along with the plate receipt
MOTOR VEHICLE OWNERS
IF YOU NO LONGER OWN YOUR VEHICLE, YOU MUST CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION.
RETURN YOUR PLATES TO THE NEAREST DMV OFFICE AND OBTAIN A PLATE RECEIPT.
KEEP THIS RECEIPT AND CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ASSESSOR'S OFFICE FOR ANY ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION THAT MAY BE REQUIRED FOR A PROPERTY TAX ADJUSTMENT.
THE MARKER PLATE RECEIPT REPRESENTS THE CANCELLATION OF YOUR ACTIVE REGISTRATION ONLY, NOT NECESSARILY OWNERSHIP.
IF YOU DO NOT CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION YOU MAY FALL SUBJECT TO THE INSURANCE CANCELLATION PROGRAM.
The Department of Motor Vehicles, in conjunction with your local municipal
Assessor and Tax Collector would like to thank you, in advance for your cooperation
Motor Vehicle – CT DMV Links
Motor Vehicle Information for Military Members and Veterans
You may be entitled to motor vehicle exemptions if you are stationed in Groton on military orders AND maintain your legal ties to a state other than Connecticut. If you are unsure of the state you maintain legal ties to (your home of record), check your LES for which state you are paying taxes to. Click on links below:
- Non-Resident Affidavit for Personal Property Tax Exemptions (Also known as Soldiers' & Sailors' Affidavit)
- Instructions if you are still stationed in Connecticut
- Instructions if you have transferred out of Connecticut or have been discharged
If you are the spouse of a service member and do not consider Connecticut your home of record (you do not maintain legal ties with Connecticut) and have received a tax bill in your name only, click on Military Spouses Residency Relief Act Affidavit to complete the annual Affidavit based on your spouse's tour of duty in Groton. The date of assessment is the year that you came to Groton. The affidavit needs to be signed by a Notary Public. When you register out of state, see instructions below on Cancelling your Connecticut License Plates to avoid future tax bills.
Return the original affidavit to:
45 Fort Hill Rd.
Groton, CT 06340
If you are a Connecticut Resident, maintaining your legal ties to Connecticut as your home of record, complete the Resident Member of Armed Forces affidavit for your most expensive motor vehicle.
Cancelling your Connecticut License Plates
In order to avoid future taxes, once you register out of state, please cancel your license plates. Instructions here.
PA490 Farm, Forest & Maritime Heritage Programs
What is Public Act 490 and Use Value Assessment?
Public Act 490 is Connecticut's law (Connecticut General Statutes Sections 12-107a through 107-f) that allows your farm, forest, or maritime heritage property to be assessed at its use value rather than its fair market or highest and best use value (as determined by the property's most recent "fair market value" revaluation) for purposes of local property taxation. Without the lower use value assessment, most landowners would have to sell the land because they would not be able to afford the property taxes on farm, forest, or maritime heritage land.
What happens if I sell my land or no longer use it for farm, forest, or maritime heritage land?
If land is taken out of the farm, forest or maritime heritage classification, you may be subject to a conveyance tax penalty, especially if it is within a ten year period of the initial date of classification. It is best to seek further guidance if you believe you may face this issue.
How do I obtain the application form that tax assessors use to determine if my land can be classified as farm, forest or maritime heritage under Public Act 490?
You can go to your tax assessor's office and ask for an application or download the applications below. You can also visit the Connecticut Association of Assessing Officers for downloadable forms. Remember, this application must be filled out and returned between September 1 to October 31. If your town is in the year of revaluation you have until December 30th to submit your application.
Personal Property Frequently Asked Questions
Property Tax & Rent Relief for the Elderly & Totally Disabled & Veterans Exemptions Information
Removal Statement for Mobile/Manufactured Home
Tax Exemption Application for Solar Energy / Geothermal Systems
Due on or before November 1st for initial application. Return to the Groton Assessor's Office
Connecticut General Statute 12-81(57) allows for an exemption on solar or geothermal energy systems. An initial application is required to be filed with the assessor's office by November 1st of the assessment year with respect to which the owner first claims the exemption. Failure to file such an application in the manner and form as provided by such assessor within the time limit prescribed shall constitute a waiver of the right to such exemption for such assessment year.
- Tax Exemption Application for Solar Energy / Geothermal Systems
- Tax Exemption Application for Fuel Cell – Supplement Form
For more information contact the Groton Assessor's Office at 441-6660.