Eight New Canaan Homeowners Appeal Assessments

They'll go before the Board of Assessment Appeals at 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to a scheduled meeting.


Eight homeowners in New Canaan are appealing the town’s assessment of their property values during a meeting that starts at 1 p.m. today before the Board of Assessment Appeals.

All taxpayers per state law can appeal their assessments on real and personal property once per year, according to the town assessor.

“Currently all assessments are still based on market values as of last town wide revaluation that was completed for values as of Oct. 1, 2008,” Assessor Sebastian Caldarella told Patch in an email.

Here’s a list of those homeowners appealing their assessments Wednesday, together with street addresses and assessed home values, where available, as per the assessor’s database (additional property owners appealing assessments will be listed in coming days):

Name Address Assessed Value Sheila Grow  120 Main St. NA Magdalena Gorzkowicz 48 Overlook Drive $647,710 Nancy Moellentine 544 Oenoke Ridge $8,404,500 Michael Avgerinos 122 Braeburn Drive $1,099,000 Kathryn L. Blankenship 40 Ledge Ave. $650,580 Lindsay Valk 84 Bayberry Road $978,600 Zuhair Suidan 291 South Bald Hill Road $577,500 Damon & Miranda Hussar 140 Bayberry Road $958,440
Judge Crater March 06, 2013 at 10:12 PM
There is a professional assessing organization which publishes standards for assessments and appeals. It is called the International Association of Assessing Officers, abbreviated IAAO. The IAAO website, whose link is shown below, has released many technical standards including one on assessment appeals. The standards are in PDF form and can be downloaded. In the past, the New Canaan mass appraisal methods have not been explained well. The IAAO information offers homeowners an opportunity to better understand property assessing and to make sure that the appeals process meets professional standards. Some of the material is challenging and high-value appeals may require professional guidance, but the appeals standard is written clearly with a minimum of jargon. This Court hopes that this year’s appellants fare well. http://www.iaao.org/sitePages.cfm?Page=219
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Thanks, Judge. Added the "Guide to Standards" to this article as a PDF.
Judge Crater March 06, 2013 at 10:36 PM
This Court is pleased to acknowledge the efforts of Mr. Dinan acting as a friend of the court and in service to the people of New Canaan. Thank you.
Glen K Dunbar March 06, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Judgey Do you see how much Nancy house is worth??? Gee, She must be really loaded. Wish I could be rich instead of UN-loved and miserable and headed for the poor house...FOR REAL
Baffled Resident March 07, 2013 at 12:31 AM
120 Main is a commercial property with 2(Blue Mercury and SheLaLa) businesses. I'm guessing that Ms. Grow is contesting her personal property assessment due to the flood that occurred in her business, as there isn't a residence at 120 Main.
Judge Crater March 07, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Mr. Dunbar, the poor house may be a solution to all your problems. Maybe thieves will break in an leave you things. Good luck.
Glen K Dunbar March 07, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Thank you Judgey. I wish someone would leave me something as my time is running out and I may have to do something VERY desperate. I am losing patience. yes REALLY !!!


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