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April 28, 2006 Minutes
TOWN OF EAST WINDSOR
Board of Assessment Appeals
11 Rye Street – P.O. Box 51
Broad Brook, CT 06016
(860) 623-8878
Fax (860) 623-4798


MEETING BOARD OF ASSESSMENT APPEALS
Friday, April 28, 2006
10:00 a.m.

Mr. Lenegan called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. at the East Windsor Town Hall, 11 Rye Street, Broad Brook.  

ATTENDANCE:     James Lenegan, Chairman, and Marilyn Butenkoff, Elaine Stevens

MINUTES

MOTION: To accept the minutes of April 17, 2006, April 19, 2006, April 20, 2006.
                Made by Ms. Butenkoff, seconded by Ms. Stevens
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED

DECISIONS

The Board went through all the appeal decisions individually.  The decisions letters were signed and will be mailed.

MOTION: To approve decisions on the October 1, 2005 Grand List and the Motor Vehicle Supplemental Grand List as of October 1, 2004, as set forth in Attachment A.
                Made by Ms. Butenkoff, seconded by Ms. Stevens
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: To adjourn at 10:50 a.m.
                Made by Ms. Stevens, seconded by Ms. Butenkoff
ALL MEMBERS IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

Respectfully submitted,



Cynthia D. Croxford
Recording Secretary
ATTACHMENT A
 DECISIONS ON MOTOR VEHICLE, MOTOR VEHICLE SUPPLEMENTAL, PERSONAL PROPERTY AND REAL ESTATE.

MOTOR VEHICLE SUPPLEMENTAL APPEAL
**
MOTOR VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:  1986 Ford Escort – 2 Dr. Hatch
LIST NO:  2004-4-82110
TAXPAYER NAME:  James E. Smith
DECISION:  Granted.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    740
                                                       New Assessment:   670      
                                                         Adjustment:            70
REASON:  Adjustment made (-10%) due to condition of vehicle.

MOTOR VEHICLE APPEAL
**
MOTOR VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:  1986 Ford Escort – 2 Dr. Hatch
LIST NO:  2005-3-60066
TAXPAYER NAME:  James E. Smith
DECISION:  Granted.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    740
                                                       New Assessment:   670     
                                                         Adjustment:            70
REASON:  Adjustment made (-10%) due to condition of vehicle.

MOTOR VEHICLE SUPPLEMENTAL APPEAL
*
MOTOR VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:  1993 BMW, 4 Dr. Sedan
LIST NO:  2004-4-80792
TAXPAYER NAME:  Michael Frey
DECISION:  Denied
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:  Assessment is fair and equitable.

MOTOR VEHICLE APPEAL
*
MOTOR VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:  1993 BMW, 4 Dr. Sedan
LIST NO:  2005-3-53781
TAXPAYER NAME:  Michael Frey
DECISION:  Denied
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:  Assessment is fair and equitable.


MOTOR VEHICLE APPEAL
*
MOTOR VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:  1968 Pontiac Firebird
LIST NO:  2005-3-59696
TAXPAYER NAME:  Peter J. Schroeder
DECISION:  Denied
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:  Assessment is fair and equitable.


PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  Unregistered Motor Vehicles
LIST NO:  2005-2-40788
TAXPAYER NAME:  Bogumila & Kazimierz Podbielski

DECISION:  Denied
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a
REASON:  Assessment is fair and equitable.

PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  Unregistered Motor Vehicle
LIST NO:  2005-2-40301
TAXPAYER NAME:  Edgardo M. Defilpo

DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment including 25% penalty:    4,600
                                                        New Assessment including 25% penalty:  1,969   
                                                         Adjustment including 25% penalty:          2,631
REASON:  Adjustment made due to condition of vehicle.


PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  Unregistered Motor Vehicle and business personal property
LIST NO:  2005-2-40316
TAXPAYER NAME:  Jason T. DiMauro dba J Tronics
DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    2,860
                                                        New Assessment:  2,786   
                                                         Adjustment:               74
REASON:  Adjustment due to four cylinder classification of unregistered motor vehicle.  Assessor to adjust records to split accounts for billing purposes.


PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:   Wild Cherries
LIST NO:  2005-2-41084
TAXPAYER NAME:  
DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    1,000
                                                        New Assessment:          0   
                                                         Adjustment:           1,000

REASON:  No viable business - hobby only.

PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  Unregistered Motor Vehicle
LIST NO:  2005-2-40646
TAXPAYER NAME:  Mary M. Matulis (Represented by Frances Keenan)
DECISION:  Denied.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:  n/a
REASON:  Assessment fair and equitable.

PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  Business Personal Property
LIST NO:  2005-2-40192
TAXPAYER NAME:  Chapel Graphics, Inc.
DECISION:  Denied.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:  n/a
REASON:  Assessment fair and equitable.


PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  Unregistered Motor Vehicles & Const. Vehicles
LIST NO:  2005-2-40855
TAXPAYER NAME:  Elzear Rodrigue
DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment including 25% penalty:    8,540
                                                        New Assessment including 25% penalty:  4,375   
                                                         Adjustment including 25% penalty:          4,165
REASON:  Adjustment made due to condition of trailers.


PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  Combustion Mechanical Services, Inc.
LIST NO:  2005-2-40234
TAXPAYER NAME:  Combustion Mechanical Services, Inc.
DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:    Old Assessment including 25% penalty:   4,160
                                                        New Assessment including 25% penalty:  2,425   
                                                         Adjustment including 25% penalty:          1,735
REASON:  Adjustment made in accordance with personal property declaration submitted at hearing.




PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  Cynthia C Collectibles
LIST NO:  2005-2-40287
TAXPAYER NAME:   Cynthia C Collectibles
DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    1,000
                                                        New Assessment:         0   
                                                         Adjustment:          1,000

REASON:    No viable business - hobby only.


PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY  DESCRIPTION:  Division 15
LIST NO:  2005-2-40320
TAXPAYER NAME:  Division 15 – Christopher Barrepski dba
DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    1,000
                                                       New Assessment:          0   
                                                        Adjustment:           1,000

REASON:  No viable business at this time – patent pending.
PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  Johnson Associates
LIST NO:  2005-2-40550
TAXPAYER NAME:   Kristin Johnson d/b/a
DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    2,000
                                                        New Assessment:         0   
                                                         Adjustment:          2,000

REASON:    No viable business.



PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  Plasticoid Manufacturing, Inc.
LIST NO:  2005-2-40785
TAXPAYER NAME:   Robert and Antonia Shoham
DECISION:  Denied.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:    Assessment is fair and equitable.


PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  Financial Pacific Leasing
LIST NO:  2005-2-40401
TAXPAYER NAME:   Financial Pacific Leasing
DECISION:  Denied.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:    Taxpayer did not appear at appeal.  Assessment is fair and equitable.

PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  
LIST NO:  2005-2-40063
TAXPAYER NAME:   Thomas and Sharon Muska d/b/a
DECISION:  Denied.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:    Assessment is fair and equitable.

PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  American Food Mart
LIST NO:  2005-2-40051
TAXPAYER NAME:   Suraj Enterprises, LLC d/b/a (Represented by Chanshyan Shah)
DECISION:  Granted.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:    Old Assessment   29,930
                                                        New Assessment  10,008
                                                        Adjustment:         19,922

REASON:    Corrected duplicate assessment of Kenyon Oil assets which were acquired by American Food Mart.

PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  Scantastic Systems LLC
LIST NO:  2005-2-40975
TAXPAYER NAME:   William Swartzwelder d/b/a
DECISION:  Denied.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:    Taxpayer withdrew appeal at hearing. Assessment is fair and equitable.


PERSONAL PROPERTY APPEAL
*
PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:  B&G Automotive LLC
LIST NO:  2005-2-40084
TAXPAYER NAME:   Major Automotive USA d/b/a (Represented by Steven Greene)
DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    394,620
                                                        New Assessment:    50,232
                                                        Adjustment:          344,388

REASON:    Reduction due to Board’s acquisition of fixed asset list not provided to Assessor at time of request.  Previous owner now located in South Windsor, moved assets to new site.

REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE DESCRIPTION:  32 Mahoney Rd.
LIST NO:  2005-1-04491
TAXPAYER NAME: Elden Joseph & Debra R. St. Jean
DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    96,580
                                                       New Assessment:   96,120     
                                                         Adjustment:               460

REASON:  Value of portable outbuilding adjusted based on Assessor inspection and cost.



REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE  DESCRIPTION:  41 Laurel Circle
LIST NO:  2005-1-01665
TAXPAYER NAME:  June M. Gentile
DECISION:  Granted   
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    86,470
                                                       New Assessment:   69,550     
                                                         Adjustment:          16,920

REASON:  Class factor adjusted based on historical valuation and adjustment of that area.


REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE  DESCRIPTION:  302 North Rd.

TAXPAYER NAME:          Bogumila & Kazimierz Podbielski 
DECISION:  Granted
LIST NO.   2005-1-03565
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    234,780
                                                        New Assessment:  234,080     
                                                         Adjustment:                 700
LIST NO:  2004-1-03433
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:  Old Assessment:    231,990
                                                       New Assessment:  231,290     
                                                         Adjustment:                700
LIST NO:  2003-1-03326
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:  Old Assessment:    229,999
                                                       New Assessment:   229,299     
                                                         Adjustment:                 700

REASON:  Removed masonry deck and corrected sketch footprint – removing chimney base area.
REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE  DESCRIPTION:  5 Juniper Court
TAXPAYER NAME:           Timothy Pemberton and Kathleen M. Boylan
        
DECISION:  Granted

List No:  2004-1-02794
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION    Old Assessment:    78,088
                                                       New Assessment:   74,498     
                                                         Adjustment:            3,590              


List No:  2005-1-03470
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:  Old Assessment:    216,930
                                                       New Assessment:  200,760
                                                        Adjustment:            16,170

REASON:  Reduction due to Assessor inspection:  bathroom fixtures adjusted and no finish or accessibility over garage.


REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE  DESCRIPTION:  52 Skinner Road
LIST NO:  2005-1-02495
TAXPAYER NAME:          Mary Lasbury
                                
DECISION:  Denied.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:   Assessment is fair and equitable.

REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE DESCRIPTION:  37 Wells Rd.
LIST NO:  2005-1-02890
TAXPAYER NAME:          John P. Melnick
                                
DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    40,520
                                                       New Assessment:     6,650     
                                                         Adjustment:          33,870

REASON:  Reduction made as parcel is “not a building lot” on survey in land records filed with Town.  PA 490 reinstated.

REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE  DESCRIPTION:  20 Thompson Road
LIST NO:  2005-1-02369
TAXPAYER NAME:          KOMA Realty LLC (Represented by agent, Stephen Olander)
                                
DECISION:  Denied.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a
REASON:   Assessment is fair and equitable.

REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE DESCRIPTION:  33 Treetop Lane
LIST NO:  2005-1-00011
TAXPAYER NAME:          33 Treetop LLC (Represented by James Balch)                             
DECISION:  Denied.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:   Assessment is fair and equitable.


REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE  DESCRIPTION:  151 Prospect Hill Road
LIST NO:  2005-1-00212
TAXPAYER NAME:          Balch Bridge Street Corporation (Represented by James Balch)                            
DECISION:  Denied.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:   Assessment is fair and equitable
REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE  DESCRIPTION:  1 Shoham Rd.
LIST NO:  2005-1-03310
TAXPAYER NAME:          Olender Family Limited Partnership
                                Represented by David Olender
DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:   746,950
                                                       New Assessment:  736,050     
                                                         Adjustment:           10,900


REASON:  Removed value for fence.

REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE DESCRIPTION:  89 Rockville Rd.
TAXPAYER NAME:  Thomas L. & Jill L. Turner

LIST NO:  2004-1-01142
DECISION:  Denied
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:   Assessment is fair and equitable.


LIST NO:  2005-1-04771
DECISION:  Granted
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   Old Assessment:    303,980
                                                       New Assessment:   296,850      
                                                         Adjustment:              7,130

REASON: Adjustment to land factor and year built of shed.  


REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE  DESCRIPTION:  81 Bridge Street
LIST NO:  2005-1-01526
TAXPAYER NAME:          Fleet National Bank             
DECISION:  Denied.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:   Taxpayer withdrew appeal prior to hearing.  Assessment is fair and equitable
REAL ESTATE APPEAL
*
REAL ESTATE DESCRIPTION:  10 Prospect Terrace
LIST NO:  2005-1-00662
TAXPAYER NAME:  Burlington Coat Realty of East Windsor, Inc. (Represented by Paul Dorsi, Esq.)
DECISION:  Denied.
ASSESSMENT REDUCTION:   n/a

REASON:   Assessment is fair and equitable.  Assessor will correct clerical error.