The owners of a four-acre property on Lukes Wood Road last week filed papers with state Superior Court to appeal New Canaan’s valuation of their house and land.
According to an amended complaint filed July 23 by New Canaan-based attorney JT Hoffman LLC on behalf of Rebecca and Ori Bukai of 260 Lukes Wood Road, the total appraised value of $3,576,300—upheld by the Board of Assessment Appeals in March—is “unreasonably excessive, disproportionate and unlawful.”
The figure makes its assessed value about $2.5 million. The homeowners are “aggrieved” by the assessment and “provided” recent and relevant comparables and evidence demonstrating the real and current value of the subject property to be at or below $2 million. The property had been purchased last August for about $1,987,500, tax records show. It includes a 1996-built, 7,700-square-foot Colonial. Hoffman in the complaint calls for the valuation “to be reduced to 70 percent of its true, current and actual value.”
The town, assessor and Board of Assessment Appeals are listed as defendants, represented by Westport-based Berchem Moses PC, firm of Town Attorney Ira Bloom. Continue Reading →