Property appraisals are underway

Appraisors from Vision Government Solutions, Inc. are currently doing revaluations of Southington homes, but all employees will have identification.

The town hired appraisal firm Vision Government Solutions, Inc., to perform the 2020 town-wide revaluation project as mandated by the State of Connecticut.

A revaluation is the process of performing all of the necessary market analysis and valuation steps to determine accurate and equitable values for all properties in Southington.

“The primary purpose of this revaluation is to eliminate any assessment inequities that may have developed since the previous revaluation in 2015.,” according to Southington Assessor’s Office officials. “The purpose of a revaluation is not to increase taxes. The purpose is to create an equitable distribution of the tax load.”

As of Tuesday, Oct. 15, representatives from Vision will spend the next year verifying information currently on file with the assessor’s office, as well as visiting properties.

Representatives from Vision will be wearing identification badges and their vehicles will be registered with the police department. Each vehicle should also bear an identifying magnet on its side, according to a press release. Homeowners are encouraged to ask for this identification prior to admitting anyone into their homes.

According to the assessor’s office, “homeowners should expect the data collector to request entry into the home. Once inside, they will make observations as to room count, bath count, finished basements and attics. They will note room dimensions, and may ask homeowners pertinent questions regarding any remodel or addition work that may have been done to the house. After the interior data collection has been done, the Vision representative will walk around the outside perimeter of the home taking measurements. They will note the condition and dimensions of any outbuildings on the property including but not limited to sheds, pool houses, detached garages, patios, and decks. The whole process should take approximately 15 minutes.”

If a homeowner has a question as to the identity of a Vision representative, they may call the police department at (860) 378-1600 ext. 0, or the Assessor’s office, (860) 276-6205.

If the first attempt at contact is unsuccessful, they will try a second time at a different time of day. If the second contact attempt is unsuccessful, they will send a letter with instructions for calling in to schedule an inspection appointment. Check the Assessor’s page at www.southington.org/assessor, for further updates and information regarding Southington’s upcoming revaluation process.

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