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Data Collectors on Fawn Ridge Court, Patriot Road, Surrey Lane, Charter Oak Road, Carriage Drive and Bates Rock Road in Southbury

The Town of Southbury 2017 Property Revaluation Project continues with data collectors inspecting all houses in our town.

On Tuesday, January 10 and for the next several days the data collectors will be on Fawn Ridge Court, Patriot Road, Surrey Lane, Charter Oak Road, Carriage Drive and Bates Rock Road.

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The first phase of the revaluation process is collecting current information on all of the properties in Southbury. As the data collector visits each property, they will confirm the exterior measurements of each building and document additional information such as location, topography, utilities, zoning, and quality of construction. Each home will be measured and the exterior inspected on the data collector's first visit to the home. A new photograph of the home will also be taken to update the Assessor's File.

The interior inspections take only 10 to 15 minutes and include a quick tour of the house, including basement and attic space. The data collector will count the number of total rooms and make notations on heating systems, interior construction and extra features of the home. The homeowner will be asked to sign the data collection form to verify that the inspection took place. An interior inspection will not be conducted unless a person 18 years or older is available to sign the form.

While it is not mandatory for residents to allow data collectors interior access, the data is vitally important to the accuracy and uniformity of the assessments, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Data collectors generally work between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (with appointments on Saturday). If the homeowner is unavailable at this visit, the data collectors will still perform the exterior inspection and a letter with instructions on how to schedule an interior inspection appointment will be sent.

Data collectors will be wearing an identification badge, fluorescent vests that say "Property Inspector" and will have written documentation from the town stating their affiliation with the project. All Vision representatives and their vehicles are also registered with the Southbury Police Department. Homeowners are encouraged to ask for this identification prior to admitting anyone into their homes. If a homeowner has a question as to the identity of a data collector, they may call the Southbury Police at 203-264-5912 or the Tax Assessor's Office at 203-262-0674 for further confirmation.

This is a state-mandated project which requires periodic analysis of real estate market conditions to determine the fair market value of all real property within the Town. Vision Government Solutions, Inc. has been hired to conduct this update of assessments. For more information please visit the town website at www.southbury-ct.org/revaluation

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