Lawsuit: Town Denies Silvermine Homeowner’s Claims of ‘Over Assessment’

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The town is denying a Silvermine Road man’s claim that his property was over-assessed during a recent revaluation. 

In answering a lawsuit brought by the owner of 711 Silvermine Road, the town denied claims the $735,000 assessed value—itself a reduction following a decision by the Board of Assessment Appeals—is “manifestly excessive and could not have ben arrived at except by disregarding the provisions of the statues for determining the valuation of such property.”

According to the lawsuit filed May 5 in state Superior Court on behalf of property owner Gregory Berchelmann by attorney Paul Knag of Stamford-based Murtha Culllina LLP, the assessor in the 2019 reval “improperly determined the true and actual value of the property and has overvalued and over assessed the property.”

An attorney representing the town, Mario F. Coppola of Westport-based Berchem Moses, PC, denied the claims in filing an answer June 17.

The property originally had been assessed at $808,080, the complaint said.

Tax records show the 2.14-acre property had been purchased for $700,000 in October. It includes a 1971-built Cape with 3,186 square feet of living space. 

The lawsuit seeks a further reduction in the valuation and attendant taxes, refund for overpayment and “such other relief as in justice and equity appertains.”

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