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Darien prepares to revalue properties

The residential data collection phase for Darien’s 2013 revaluation project is underway. The town-wide update of assessments has been work in progress for some time, according to Anthony Homicki, town assessor. Tyler Technologies has signed a contract to assist in the project. These certified appraisers will help the assessor’s office in reconciling a variety of information that is maintained by the office including income and expense data of commercial parcels, sales validation and neighborhood analysis, and blending this information within the variety of town software for use by other town departments.

Data collection over the winter months will start with the updating of photos for all of Darien’s parcels, Homicki said. The second phase will be a town-wide data mailer asking each homeowner to confirm the information that presently exists with the assessor’s office.

Much of this same information can be found on the town website, DarienCT.gov . The third phase of the 2013 revaluation will be follow-up inspections when needed in concert with parcels that are actively for sale, parcels that have sold and or properties that have undergone renovation or might be newly built.

Police and town offices have been given the names and vehicle identification information for all of the field employees with Tyler Technologies. In addition, each employee carries a town issued photo ID.

Along with asking questions about features such as the age of the home and the number of rooms, data collectors will ask to inspect the interior of each house when needed. Residents are not required to allow them inside if it is not convenient; however, by seeing the inside of the property, data collectors can record accurate information on conditions that they may not be able to see from the outside.

If residents are not home, the outside of the home will be measured and a second visit made at a later date, Homicki said. If the inspection is still not completed after the second attempt, a letter will be mailed requesting that the property owner schedule an appointment for the interior inspection. These letters are scheduled to be mailed in late April to early May.

Data collectors are not appraisers. They collect information that will later be used by certified Connecticut appraisers in placing new values on properties. Data collectors will not be able to answer questions about taxes or values. Residents may receive an additional visit as a part of the project’s quality control procedure. Approximately 10% of properties are chosen at random for this inspection during which the project supervisor verifies the accuracy of the data collected, Homicki said.

More info: Contact assessor’s office at 203-656-7311

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