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Bridgeport Mails 2016 Revaluation Notices

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim says property owners should receive their property tax revaluation notices by this week.
Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim says property owners should receive their property tax revaluation notices by this week. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Mayor Joe Ganim said Bridgeport residents should receive their property tax revaluation scheduled for 2016 on or about this week.

The current 2015 grand list revaluation was scheduled for 2013, but was delayed by two years by action of the Connecticut General Assembly, Ganim said.

Bridgeport Tax Assessor Elaine T. Carvalho is entering the final phase of the required city 2015-16 revaluation process. The assessor’s office and Vision Government Solutions, the city’s revaluation contractor, are working to complete the process on time so that the city’s revalued 2015 grand list is certified by Feb. 29, Ganim said.

“As we grapple with Bridgeport’s current fiscal and budgetary challenges, it is critical to receive an accurate picture of our revenues,” said Ganim. “We are committed to making sure this property revaluation is done correctly and fairly, and that this is a transparent process to all property owners in our city who will be impacted.”

All revaluation information for property owners is available online at http://gis.vgsi.com/BridgeportCT/ .

Property owners who may not feel that their new assessment represents 70 percent of fair market value as of Oct. 1, 2015, may request a personal informal hearing to discuss their property value, Ganim said.

The hearings will take place with Vision Government Solutions Inc at 45 Lyon Terrace in Bridgeport, by appointment only from Jan. 6-22. Information on scheduling an appointment will be included in the notice sent to all property owners.

Ganims added that property owners should remember not apply the current tax (mill) rate to new assessed property values, as a new mill rate will be determined to reflect the new property revaluation.

The final list of assessments will be certified by the Assessor on Feb. 29. Property owners who are not in agreement with the final assessment valuation for their property may then formally appeal their assessment to the Bridgeport Board of Assessment Appeals. Hearings will be scheduled in late March and April.

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