Welcome to Assessor’s Office.
The Assessor would like to inform residents of the following important dates and deadlines. All forms and proofs unless noted must be filed by October 1st in the Assessor’s office located at the Town Hall. Any questions in regards to the following exemptions and benefits please contact our office.
Assessment Date of Taxable Property for the Town of Old Lyme is October 1st of each calendar year.
Per Connecticut State Statute §12-62(b) Revaluations of Real Property occur every five years, our next town wide revaluation will be October 1, 2019
Per Section 12-41 of the Connecticut General Statutes owners of tangible Personal Property, other than registered motor vehicles, such as commercial furniture, machinery and equipment, leased equipment, unregistered motor vehicles, camp trailers, etc. are required to file a personal property list with the Assessor. Declarations are required to be filed annually during the month of October. Failure to file prior to November 1 forces the Assessor, by law, to file the list and add a 25% Penalty (§12-42, PA 87-245)
Totally Disabled Persons:
Totally disabled persons are entitled to an exemption if they meet the requirements of Section §12-81(55) of the General Statutes, Please contact our office for definitions and acceptable forms of proof.
Any individual who is blind is entitled to an exemption under Section §12-81(17) shall provide proof to the Assessor.
To qualify for any of the applicable exemptions under §12-81 Veterans must have filed Honorable Discharge (DD214) in the Town Clerk’s office by September 30th. Veterans must have served during a time of War as defined in (§27-103)
§12-81(g) provides for an increase in the property tax exemption amount granted to a qualified Veteran if certain income requirements are met. Disabled Veterans are eligible for an exemption in addition to the regular exemption with the filing of a disability rating from the Veterans Administration.
Active Duty Service Members:
Under the Federal Servicemember Civil Relief~Act persons on active duty must present to the Assessor a current earning and leave statement or a letter from their Commanding Officer along with a yearly application for exemption. Any Service member on active duty claiming Connecticut as their legal residence must file prior to Dec 31st.
PA490 – Farm, Forest & Open Space:
Property owners interested in claiming land as farm, forest or open space should file an application between September 1st and October 31. The only exception is during a revaluation year, when the deadline is extended to December 30. No other extension of this filing period is available, failure to file within the prescribed time is a waiver of the right to the classification for the assessment year commencing October 1st. For more information on PA490 please visit the Farm Bureau at http://www.cfba.org/pa490guide.htm (Farm Bureau link)
Melinda R. Kronfeld, CCMA I
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM to 4 PM