UPDATE January 29, 2021 - The informal appeal process is complete if you still wish to appeal your assessment you will need to appeal to the Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA). Instructions can be found here: Board of Assessment Appeals Appeal forms will be available by here.
The Below information will still be useful if you intend to appeal to the BAA.
Revaluation notices were mailed the week of December 7th.
The Assessor and the chair of the Board of Assessment Appeals encourage any property owner who has concerns or questions with their proposed valuation to schedule an informal hearing with Municipal Valuation Services, the Town’s revaluation company Attending an informal hearing can be a faster and easier way of addressing concerns or inaccuracies with the proposed valuation, potentially eliminating the need to request a formal public hearing before the Board of Assessment Appeals in March.
Informal hearings will be held December 15, 2020 to January 15, 2021 via conference call and typically last 5-10 minutes. Before scheduling an informal hearing, please review your property card on the Vision Government Solutions website. Please note that it is the responsibility of the property owner to make the case that the proposed valuation is incorrect. Some factors to consider before deciding whether or not to schedule a hearing include:
- Is the property information on the property card correct?
- Do I have a recent appraisal of my property?
- What are similar homes in my neighborhood selling for?
To schedule an informal hearing, please go to munival.com/fairfield and select ‘Fairfield’. You will need to know your Property ID (PID) which is located on the top left corner of your property card and in the upper right corner of your revaluation notice. You will have to submit a form (available during the sign-up process) prior to participating in the informal hearing. Additionally, due to COVID-19, you are asked to submit any supporting documentation (appraisals, photographs, neighborhood sales data) at least 48 hours before your scheduled hearing.
It is best to state your appeal in terms of appraised (market) value, not assessed value. Please note that your revaluation notice indicates the proposed assessed value which is 70% of appraised value. To determine appraised value, divide assessed value by .7. For example, a property with an assessed value of $700,000 has an appraised value of $1,000,000. A property with an assessed value of $350,000 has an appraised value of $500,000. Both appraised value and assessed value are listed on your property card.
If you have any problems signing up, are appealing multiple properties, or have any other questions or concerns, please contact Municipal Valuation Services at 203-292-5500.
For more information on the revaluation process, visit the Town’s revaluation web page or contact the Assessor's Office.
Click here to view a sample revaluation notice. Please remember that the assessed value is estimated to be 70% of appraised (market) value.