The Assessor is charged with the responsibility of valuing and placing assessments upon all Real Estate and Taxable Personal Property located in the Town of Bolton. In accordance with Connecticut General Statutes, the real estate and personal property assessments are compiled in a list known as the Grand List. The completed Grand List is filed with the Town Clerk each year and is used in the process of establishing a mill rate for the fiscal year.
Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief
Elderly and totally disabled tax relief program applications must be filed with the Assessor’s Office between February 1 and May 13, 2022.
The State of Connecticut Program, and a matching local program, are available to residents of Bolton who:
- Have attained the age of 65 on or before December 31, 2021 or be totally disabled as defined by Social Security guidelines.
- Reside at the property for a minimum of 6 months plus one day. Only a primary residence is eligible for the program.
- Received a total income not exceeding $38,100 for a single person or $46,400 for a married couple last year. This includes taxable as well as nontaxable income.
The programs allow a credit on the July tax bill.
Those persons who are already on the programs but are due to renew this year will be mailed reminders that they must refile.
Applications can be filed at the Assessor's Office, Town Hall, 222 Bolton Center Rd., during Town Hall hours.
Proof of income, including Social Security 1099 forms are required; if an income tax return is filed or will be filed, a copy must be presented.
Income based programs allowing increased exemption benefits are also available to veterans and applications for eligible taxpayers will be taken at the same time as the elderly relief programs.
NOTE: A new local option program has been implemented, in addition to the above programs. The new program allows an eligible person to “freeze” their property taxes at last year’s amount, but income (married must be less than $75,000; single must be less than $50,000) and age (over 70 years of age) limits apply, and a lien is placed on the property by the Town in the amount of the abated taxes.
If you have any questions concerning these programs, please call the Assessor's Office at 860-649-8066, ext. 6100.
Click on the titles below to access the applications:
Application for the Tax Abatement of Dairy Farms
Application for $100,000 Exemption for Buildings Used in Farming
Application for Classification of Land as Farm Land
Application for Classification of Land as Forest Land
Veterans of any declared war period having not previously filed for a veteran’s property exemption in the Town of Bolton must provide an original or certified copy of their Honorable Discharge to the Town Clerk by September 30 to be eligible for a minimum exemption of $4,500 deducted from the assessed value of real estate or a motor vehicle. Each current active duty member of the United States armed forces (including reserves and National Guard) is also eligible for the exemption from taxes of one motor vehicle upon application and may also provide a copy of current orders or a notarized statement to establish the claim for the exemption in the amount of $4,500 assessment benefit.
Veterans with VA disability ratings must submit proof of the rating to the Assessor for an increased exemption benefit. Proof need be supplied once, unless the rating is changed. Disabled veterans age 65 or older are entitled to an exemption equal to that of a 100% disabled veteran upon providing proof of age to the Assessor.
Totally disabled or blind property owners are eligible for a property exemption by filing their proof of total disability or blindness with the Assessor’s Office.
Farmers: Applications for an exemption of up to $100,000 on the assessed value of farm equipment must be filed with the Assessor by November 1st. A farming operation is defined as an active agricultural concern from which is derived at least $15,000 in gross sales, or which incurs at least $15,000 in expenses related to such farming operation during the previous calendar year. There is also a $1,000 exemption on the assessed value of each horse or pony owned but not used in a farming operation. Applications for these exemptions must be filed along with the annual Personal Property declaration on or before November 1st. Additional exemptions are available by application for qualified farm buildings also.
Farm, Forest or Open Space Use Classification: New owners of real estate qualified as farm, forest or open space land must make application for the designation as such to the Assessor between September 1 and November 1 to be applicable on the current October 1 Grand List, which will be billed next July. Owners currently receiving the benefit who have changed title or use of property must file an updated application.