I understand that this year’s re-assessment by Hartford’s Sole Assessor has quite a few people upset in changes to their property assessment. The last time the town performed a reassessment was in 2005.
Hopefully, if you were upset, you have already had a sit down appointment to discuss this with Sandy Foley, our assessor.
If you were not satisfied with the info Sandy gave you, you can grieve on Grievance Day. Grievance Day is scheduled for May 28th. On Grievance Day you appear before the Hartford Board of Assessment Review (BAR) and plead your case. This board is made up of Hartford citizens that were appointed to the position by the Hartford Town Board.
In order to grieve, you need to fill out a form and make an appointment before hand to grieve on Grievance Day. Denise Petteys, the Hartford Town Clerk has forms if you want to grieve on Grievance Day. These forms need to be filled out and returned by Friday May 24th.
It is very important to understand that you must grieve on Grievance day in order to preserve your right to appeal any decision made by the Board of Assessment Review. If you do not agree with the decision made by the BAR, you can continue your appeal to Washington County Small Claims Court for residential assessment or file an Article 7 appeal for commercial & non-residential properties. But, if you do not appear on Grievance Day before the BAR, you are not allowed to continue on to Small Claims or do an Article 7. An Article 7 is usually handled by an attorney.
Information on how to properly grieve will be on the forms that you pick up from the Town Clerk.
The following notice can be found on the Town of Hartford Website www.hartfordny.com and facebook page Town of Hartford.
The Board of Assessment Review will meet on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 between the hours of 3 pm to 5pm and 6 pm to 8 pm at the Hartford Town Hall, 165 County Route 23, Hartford, NY in said Town to hear and examine all complaints in relation to assessments, on the written application of any person believing himself to be aggrieved.
COPIES OF REQUIRED PAPERWORK TO APPEAR BEFORE THE BOARD OF ASSESSMENT REVIEW PROCEEDINGS IS AVAILABLE IN THE TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE AND NEEDS TO BE RETURNED BY FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013.
AN APPOINTMENT IS ALSO REQUIRED. PLEASE CALL 632-5259 OR 585-7831