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Assessor

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. 

Homeowner Benefit and Additional Exemption Programs

The Assessor’s Office will be accepting NEW applications for homeowner, veterans’, blind or totally disabled benefit programs starting February 1.

Some of these programs are income based; taxpayers are required to submit proof of their last year’s income to the Assessor’s office to apply for them.  The maximum income limit for a single person is $37,600 and for a married couple it is $45,800. A copy of a current income tax return must be presented at the time of application if one is filed with the IRS, along with statements of any untaxable income such as Social Security or Railroad Retirement payments. If an income tax return is not filed, statements of all income must be presented. These include statements of wages, lottery winnings, taxable pensions, IRA’s, interest, dividends, rental income, Social Security SSA1099, Railroad retirement, veteran’s payments, etc. 

The income based programs are two year programs, with refile applications, as well as new applications, due between Feb. 1 and May 15 for elderly homeowners and by Oct. 1 for the exemption programs. Taxpayers currently receiving a benefit and who were scheduled to refile this year do NOT NEED TO REFILE THIS YEAR. 

Town hall is currently closed to the public, we ask applicants to call for information on procedures in place to apply for these programs. 

You may contact us with any questions. 

Due to COVID-19, the Governor has issued several Executive Orders affecting the statutes regulating the Elderly Homeowner and Additional Veterans’ Benefit Programs.

Any homeowner or veteran, who is due to refile for the tax benefit program this year, has been excused from filing an application. You will be notified to refile in January 2023 to refile for the 2022 and 2023 grand lists instead. Next year, if there is a substantial change to your income, you will be allowed to refile then if you wish.

You will receive your benefit on this year’s tax bill automatically.

Click on the titles below to access the applications: 


Application for Tax Credits Elderly and Totally Disabled Homeowner
 
Biennial Application for Additional Veteran's Exemption
 
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.