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Tolland Grand List Growth Almost Nonexistent

The 2012 list increased by .2 percent, which will bring in a total of $78,363.15 in additional tax money.

Tolland's 2012 grand list increased by only .2 percent this year, according to Assessor Jason Lawrence.

At the current mill rate of .02999, the growth would bring in an additional $78,363.15 in tax revenue for the town.

Growth for real estate, motor vehicles and personal property breaks down as follows:

  • Real estate: increase of .27 percent, or $3,132,005. Three new accounts were added to the list this year. Real estate makes up 88.8 percent of the list with 81.09 percent residential and 7.70 percent commercial
  • Motor vehicles decreased .66 percent or $787,717. The number of vehicles decreased by 45. Car assessments are 9.19 percent of the grand list.
  • Personal property increased by 1 percent or $268,688. Fifty-one accounts were added to the list. Two percent of the grand list is comprised of personal property assessments.

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"We've had a lot of people getting rid of a third car or buying a new one and downsizing from two," Lawrence said of the shrinking motor vehicle list.

Town Manager Steven Werbner told the town council at its last meeting that grand list growth was going to be minimal. He suggested at the meeting that council members meet with Planning & Zoning Commission members to discuss zoning changes that could encourage more business development in town.

The community coversation on the budget is scheduled for Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fire Training Center.

mark bradnan February 04, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Well the high school rec field needs to be that sports venue for area towns and the library needs a 2.378 mil. dollar expansion and the schools might loose state funding and our town manager said people are downsizing ( probably cause moneys tight ). We're just going to have to increase that mil rate!
Tony Rogers February 05, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Money certainly is tight. I, myself, had to get rid of my third car because I can't afford the taxes. Let's cancel the unneeded sports field upgrade, cancel the library upgrade, and keep the budget where it is. People just can't pay more taxes! What is so hard to understand? Remember, voting day is coming. Vote NO to higher taxes!
mark bradnan February 06, 2013 at 01:15 AM
What happens Tony is most people vote no on higher taxes when the people vote on a new budget. Our town manager presents this budget with a percentage of dollars figured in because he knows it likely will not pass the first time. Then we'll have a reduced budget referendum and the busy working class with families and busy lives will try to get out to vote again. And it might not pass again! Now the town manager will reduce it by a token amount to what he really wanted to spend in the first place so we'll vote on it again. The workers won't know when to vote or don't care and the unions and stay at homes will ram it through. Its called dirty politics!

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