Town of Manchester
General Manager’s Report Scott Shanley
Town Hall Closing for Veteran’s Day
Municipal Offices will be closed on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veteran’s Day.
Town Hall Closing for Thanksgiving Holiday
Municipal Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Assessment and Collection
The Office of Assessment and Collection continues work on the revaluation scheduled for the Grand List of October 1, 2006. Vision Appraisal Technology will be sending the preliminary assessment notices in early November.
Once taxpayers receive this notice, they are encouraged to review their assessment as thoroughly as possible. These new values will be reported on the Vision Appraisal website (visionappraisal.com) the day the preliminary notices are mailed. In addition, the Assessment and Collection staff is available to provide information and assistance to all taxpayers wishing to compare their new assessment to similar properties, or to recently sold properties.
The Office of Assessment and Collection will be installing temporary computers in Town Hall to accommodate more people with questions about their assessment and those who wish to research property assessment or sales data. Staff assigned from the Office of Assessment and Collection will help taxpayers who need assistance in this process.
The notices that taxpayers receive will show their prior assessment from the 2005 Grand List (which was based on the 2000 revaluation) and the new assessment for the 2006 Grand List (which is based on the 2006 revaluation). Both figures will be assessed values, meaning they are at 70% of the full market value.
All taxpayers who feel their preliminary new, 2006 revaluation assessments are incorrect after they review the information pertaining to their new assessment are
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invited to attend an informal assessment hearing with Vision Appraisal Technology. Inside the notice, the telephone number to call Vision Appraisal Technology to schedule a hearing will be provided (1-888-844-4300). If a taxpayer attends a hearing, or if Vision Appraisal Technology reviewed the assessment, Vision will send a second notice at the conclusion of the formal hearings.
If the taxpayer still feels their assessment is incorrect after the informal hearings, the taxpayer may file an appeal with the Board of Assessment Appeals by February 20, 2007. Please note that taxpayers are not required to file an appeal at the informal hearing in order to file an appeal with the Board of Assessment Appeals although it is highly recommended.
In addition, the Office of Assessment and Collection continues to work on the non-real estate portions of our Grand List. Those who received a declaration of Personal Property are reminded to complete their declarations as soon as possible. The due date in order to file a declaration, without penalty, is November 1, 2006. If someone did not file by November 1, the Office of Assessment and Collection still strongly urges those required to file a declaration to do so, as soon as possible, so that an assessment does not have to be estimated.
Work on the Motor Vehicle Supplemental Grand List of October 1, 2005 and the Motor Vehicle Regular Grand List of October 1, 2006 continue as well. The Supplemental Grand List contains those vehicles purchased after October 1, 2005.
On Saturday, September 30, 2006, a surplus equipment auction was held at the now closed Bennet Middle School. The services of a professional auctioneer were utilized and the auction was well attended and well received by an estimated crowd of 175 people. The auction started at 10:00 a.m. and lasted until 3:30 p.m. Gross proceeds from the auction were approximately $11,500.
Budget and Research Office
The Town recently received notice that it has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its FY 2006/07 Adopted Budget.
The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the Town had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:
? a policy document
? a financial plan
? an operations guide
? a communications device
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This is the first time the Town of Manchester has received the budget award. The Town
has received GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
the last 11 years. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving
approximately 16,000 government finance professionals throughout North America.
Customer Service and Information Center
Manchester Road Race
thThe 70 running of the Manchester Road Race takes place Thanksgiving Day,
November 23 at 10:00 a.m. Information and online registration is available at
www.manchesterroadrace.com. Registration forms are also available at the Customer Service and Information Center in Town Hall, Manchester, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.
– 5:00 p.m.
Activity Report for September 2006
Fire Related 14
Hazardous Conditions 20
Public Service 20
Good Intent 35
Mutual Aid 3
Total Calls 595
thThe Fire Department Open House on October 7 was extremely successful with well over 700 people attending. In addition to station tours and apparatus/equipment
demonstrations, guests were introduced to home fire safety familiarization courtesy of
Liberty Mutual; Search and Rescue Dogs with Connecticut Canine Search & Rescue;
Child Identification Kit processing by Manchester Police Department; Citizens Corp
opportunities by Manchester Emergency Management Division and First-Aid and CPR
training opportunities by American Red Cross. Papa Gino’s of Vernon provided 90
pizzas for the event. Parker Street Auto Parts provided vehicles for extrication
demonstrations and Charlie’s Towing delivered and picked up the wrecked vehicles.
On Friday, November 17, 2006 at 2:00 p.m., the Department will host a dedication
ceremony as Headquarters station is named for former Fire Chief John C. Rivosa.
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Several speakers will proceed the unveiling of a special dedication plaque at the North
Entrance to the building and new lettering, on the south side of the building, designating
the building the Fire Chief John C. Rivosa Headquarters Company, Fire Station #2.
Manchester Senior Center
Special Housing Program
On Thursday, November 30 at 1:00 p.m., Linda Iglesias from Connecticut Housing
Finance Authority will present Reverse Mortgages in Plain Language. She will explain
how some seniors can tap into the equity in their homes in order to receive monthly tax-
free cash payments. The income from reverse annuity mortgages can be used to cover
the costs of home care and other living expenses.
Annual Craft Fair
On Thursday, November 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 9
from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, the Annual Craft Fair will be held at the Senior Center. There will be a large display of handicrafts including afghans, knitted sweaters, hats,
mittens and scarves; woodcrafts such as coat racks, clocks, jelly cabinets and toy
wagons; floral crafts including wreaths, seasonal arrangements and more. The Senior
Center members lovingly create all items.