A private club in New Canaan has filed a lawsuit in state Superior Court protesting the town’s recent assessment of its property.
The New Canaan Field Club filed an appeal May 16 in State Superior Court that challenges the town’s decision to uphold a recent $4.4 million assessment of its Smith Ridge Road property.
As part of the town-wide revaluation, an assessment 164 Smith Ridge Road, an approximately 11.3-acre property that includes a new pavilion, took place Oct. 1.
The valuation is “grossly excessive, disproportionate and unlawful” attorney Michael D. Reiner of Farmington-based Greene Law, P.C. said in the appeal, received May 20 by the Town Clerk. The club had tried to get a lower assessment form the Board of Assessment Appeals” but that appointed body “made no change in the valuation,” the suit said.
According to the suit, the applicant “prays that the valuation of this property on the Assessment Date be reduced to 70% of its true and actual value.”
The Field Club is not appealing the town’s assessment of a contiguous 1-acre property at 150 Smith Ridge Road that includes a house. The organization follows the footsteps of Chase Bank and the owner of 111 Elm Street, commercial properties who have already filed appeals in Superior Court challenging the town’s decisions.