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Tuesday, February 20 News

Property revaluation inspections to start next week

Homeowners will soon be getting a knock on the front door.

The town has contracted with Vision Government Solutions Inc. to conduct the town's property revaluation, and its employees will begin site visits next week.

To maintain accurate appraisal records, which serve as the basis for local budget and taxation formulas, state statutes require a townwide appraisal of properties every five years.

According to a press release from the town, the data collectors will visit every property to document physical characteristics, including location, size, age, quality of construction, improvements, the property's topography, utilities, any zoning restrictions and "numerous other characteristics both inside and out."

The data collectors generally work between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. If no one is home at the time of the visit, a letter with instructions on how to schedule an appointment will be sent to the homeowner. The data collectors will carry badges to identify them as Vision Government Solution employees and also will carry written documentation from the town.

The employees and their vehicles will also be registered with the Police Department and the town Assessor's office.

Property owners are encouraged to ask for identification, and if they have any questions regarding a data collector's identity, they can call the police at the non-emergency number, 203-254-4800; the Vision Government Solutions office in Town Hall at 203-256-3189; the project manager at 1-800-628-1013, ext. 3643, or the Assessor's office, 203-256-3110.

For more information, visit the town's website, www.fairfieldct.org.