Some Shelton homeowners saw tax increases, but few complained


SHELTON — As tax payments flow into the city coffers, tax assessor William Gaffney said the collection has taken place without major complaints, despite a property revaluation that has seen the home values ​​of most homeowners skyrocket.

The city’s budget for 2022-23 was $17.47 million, or more than $4.5 million down from the previous year. But the revaluation meant that some people received a tax increase despite the lower tax rate.

“There was a 26 percent uptick across the board,” Gaffney said of the results of the revaluation of local property values.

Referring to the tax bills in people’s mailboxes this month, Gaffney said: “Some have gone up, some have gone down, some have stayed the same. But we didn’t have many complaints about the adjustments at all.”

“If people’s taxes have increased significantly, it is because their values ​​have increased significantly. That’s what reevaluation does,” Mayor Mark Lauretti said. “It’s a mixed bag. Some people’s taxes have come down.

“Let’s not forget that our taxes haven’t increased in 10 years and in some cases have decreased,” Lauretti added. “Our mill rate is 17.4 and falling. The people of Shelton will continue to be the recipients of lower and steadily decreasing taxes. I’m not sure anyone else can say that.”

Gaffney said after the re-evaluation numbers for residents were released, there were only about 100 appeals out of about 15,000 packages. He said there have also been more than three dozen commercial landowners who have challenged the revaluation in court.

Gaffney said while taxes may be higher for some, that hasn’t changed interest in the city, which boasts such a low mill rate.

“We’re consistently affordable,” said Lauretti of why Shelton remains a destination for people and businesses. “Our taxes are half that of surrounding communities in most places in the state.”

Lauretti also noted that Shelton has a large volunteer fire department and garbage disposal as advantages, since many other communities have to pay for such services on top of their taxes.

“It begs the question why companies like Bigelow Tea and Subway are coming to Shelton. We compete with other major cities in the country – another reason why I think the governor thought it wise to invest in Shelton,” Lauretti said.

Lauretti is referring to the $5 million federal grant to fund the expansion of Constitution Boulevard, which in turn allows for the development of the Mas property. Bigelow Tea has already pledged to move its headquarters to the property, and Lauretti has said it is in talks with other major companies to move there.

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