The Assessor’s Office has the responsibility of assessing every taxable and exempt property located in the City of Danbury and compiling these assessments into the City’s Grand List. Included in the list are real estate, business personal property and registered motor vehicles. The Assessor’s Office is a division within the City’s Department of Finance and its primary responsibilities are governed by the State of Connecticut General Statutes and the City of Danbury Ordinances.
As mandated by the State of Connecticut, the city conducts revaluations every five (5) years. The City is currently implementing a revaluation for the October 1, 2017 list. This information is available online at www.vgsi.com.
There are several programs available to our seniors and veterans to help reduce their property tax. The filing period for our senior programs is from February 1st through May 15th and the filing period for our veteran programs is from February 1st through October 1st each year.
In addition to developing the Grand list, the Assessor’s Office other primary objective is public awareness and education on property assessments. We strive to help the public to whatever exemptions/benefits they are entitled to and to assist taxpayers in understanding their assessment on their properties. Many professionals need information from our office, such as map numbers, deed numbers and current assessments to conduct their business. Such professionals may include appraisers, surveyors and title searchers. If taxpayers have any questions on their assessments, please call or stop in our office. The Assessor’s Office will also make house calls for any senior who cannot get to City Hall.
The City of Danbury has hired a firm to conduct annual personal property audits for businesses within the City and will soon be hiring a firm to identify and investigate motor vehicles owned by Danbury residents that are not properly registered or registered in such a way as to avoid paying property tax to the City as required. Hiring outside firms for review not only generates additional revenues for the City but also educates business owners and motor vehicle owners on the various types of assets the Assessor’s Office considers taxable.