As prescribed by General Statutes the Assessor’s Department annually files the Grand List, which is the valuation and assessment of real property, business personal property, and motor vehicles for municipal taxation purposes.
In addition to the filing of the Grand List, it is the responsibility of the department to administer all programs mandated under State Law, State and Local benefits for veteran’s, totally disabled, the blind, and elderly homeowners and renters.
2017 Personal Property
The Shelton Assessor’s Office has mailed Business Personal Property Declarations for the October 1, 2017 Grand List to all known businesses or commercial and industrial operations in the city.
In accordance with Connecticut Statutes, all resident and non-resident owners and lessees of tangible personal property utilized for business purposes are to file a list of such property annually with the Assessor. All forms are to be filled out and returned on or before Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
When the forms are not filed within the time limit, a 25% penalty is applied against the assessed value. Failure to file shall subject the taxpayer to valuation by the Assessor, based on best information available, and a 25% penalty.
Failure to receive a form does not excuse a taxpayer from his or her obligation. If one is operating a business or profession in the city and has not received the mailing, contact the Assessor’s Office or download below.
For more information, call 203-924-1555 ext 1352.
Programs and Exemptions
Programs and exemptions available through the Shelton Assessor’s office
Elderly and Totally Disabled Homeowners Program
State and local programs are available to homeowners who are 65 years of age and homeowners, regardless of age, who are totally disabled. The program grants credit against tax payments.
Income limits for the program are set annually by the Office of Policy and Management. Income includes wages, pension, Social Security payments, and interest on savings.
Applications are accepted in the Assessor’s Office from February 1st to May 15th.
Elderly Homeowners Freeze Program
In October 2007 the Board of Alderman approved by municipal ordinance an Elderly Homeowners Freeze program. To be eligible one must be 70 years of age. The income limits for the Local Freeze Program are the same as the income limits for the State and Local Homeowners and Totally disabled Programs. If one meets the guidelines, the taxes are frozen. The Local Elderly Freeze Program is in addition to the State and Local Elderly Homeowners Program. Applications are accepted between February 1st and May 15th each year.
Elderly and Totally Disabled Renters Program
Partial refund of rent and utility bills, by a check from the state, is available to renters who are 65 years old, and to renters (no age requirement), who are totally disabled.
Income limits for the program are set annually by the Office of Policy and Management.
Applications are taken at the Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St, from April 1st to October 1st.
Veterans who served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. during wartime, or who have a disability rating from the Veterans’ Administration, and have filed their honorable discharge papers in the Shelton City/Town Clerk’s Office, may qualify for a veteran exemption off the assessment of their property. The filing deadline for discharge papers is September 30th.
There are different programs that a veteran may be eligible for, and the filing period for the applications with the Assessor’s Office is from February 1st to October 1st.
A person who is legally blind, and has provided to the Assessor’s Office a certificate from a qualified medical practitioner to the fact, can receive a state exemption on property. An additional local exemption (income qualifying) may also apply.
Totally Disabled Exemption
An exemption on property can be granted to an individual who receives permanent full disability benefits under Social Security, or under any federal, state, or local government retirement or disability plan. The person must present, to the Assessor’s Office, a certificate of disability, from the agency that grants the benefits. An additional local exemption (income qualifying) may also apply.