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Public hearing on possible tax break in Danbury

A public hearing is being held tonight in Danbury about tax relief for some residents.  Over the summer, people with lake front properties complained that there were inequities in their assessments.  The city contacted consultants who recommended a 20-to-25-percent adjustment in land values. 


Mayor Mark Boughton says the issue stems from the October 2012 revaluation.  The City's Grand List dropped by 19-percent while the mill rate went from 22.45 to 26.8  The proposed ordinance would provide special tax relief to some residents adversely affected by that property revaluations. 


Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi says 173 properties may have been affected and not all would be eligible for an adjustment.  It would be if there were anomalies based on other homes in the neighborhood. 


Residents were encouraged to file appeals with the Tax Assessor's Office.


Lake front owner Scott Court told the Council that a property across from him with the same square footage, on more land, with a view of the lake had its taxes lowered in the revaluation. 


The public hearing is at 7:30pm in City Hall followed by a special meeting of the City Council.