Complaint: New Canaan Lumber Co. Tax Assessment ‘Grossly Excessive’


New Canaan’s fourth-highest taxpayer is appealing the town’s assessment of a Grove Street property, court documents show.

The New Canaan Lumber Company’s 1.64-acre lot at 45 Grove St., which includes the New Canaan Racquet Club building, in 2018 was assessed at $8,966,610.

According to a complaint filed April 23 by attorney Amy Zabetakis of Darien- and New Canaan-based Rucci Law Group, the figure is “grossly excessive, disproportionate and unlawful.”

The plaintiff “[w]ithin the time prescribed by law” appealed to the Board of Assessment Appeals, however, on Feb. 24, the appointed body said the appeal was dismissed and would not be heard.

“The Plaintiffs are aggrieved by the decisions of the Assessor and the Board,” said the complaint, filed in state Superior Court.

They are seeking a reduction in the assessment, reimbursement of tax overpayment, interests and costs and “Such other relief as the Court deems proper,” the complaint said.

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