By EKATERINE TCHELIDZE
Chronicle Staff Writer
LEBANON â€” Properties in town are up for revaluation this year, a state-mandated process that has to be done every five years.
According to town Assessor Emma Sousa, Connecticut law requires all real estate to be revalued for assessment purposes to ensure uniformity in real property valuations.
The town has hired Vision Government Solutions Inc., a recognized revaluation company with branches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, to conduct the process.
The reassessment project will establish market values as of Oct. 1, 2018, which will be reflected in the tax bill due July 1, 2019.
The process will begin now and requires data collectors to visit all buildings in town, recording exterior measurements and conducting interior inspections.
Data collectors will have a letter of identification from the assessorâ€™s office, a photo identification badge and their cars will be registered with the resident state trooper.
Sousa said there are five major steps to the process: data collection, market analysis, valuation, field review and informal hearings.
Town officials are asking property owners and tenants to cooperate with data collectors to ensure accurate information is collected.
There will be a public information meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the town hall, 579 Exeter Road, during which representatives from Vision Government Solutions will explain the process and answer any questions residents may have.
To ask questions concerning the revaluation process, contact the assessor's office at 860-642-6141.
For further updates visit the townâ€™s website at www.lebanontownhall.org.