Hamden hosts tornado damage assessment meeting

New Haven

It’s been more than a year since a tornado ravaged parts of Hamden and on Wednesday, the Town Assessor will be meeting with neighbors to talk about the option of assessment and reassessment of tornado-damaged homes. 

It’s hard to believe it, but some people are still working on their homes while others aren’t even living in their houses yet.

Related: Meeting to be held Wednesday for tornado-damaged homes in Hamden

Neighbors have a lot of questions has to what they owe in taxes and is why they hosted a meeting Wednesday night at the West Woods School.

The West Woods Neighborhood Association met with the Town Assessor and the Inland Wetlands Commission. According to the town’s website, the last reevaluation was in October 2015.

The next one isn’t scheduled until 2020. 

John Gelati is the Tax Assessor. “We might be able to take into account some of the influences of the tornado and reflect that as fairly as possible,” Gelati said.

Megan Jermain lives in the Westwood neighborhood. She lost more than 100 trees and 75 percent of her house. She’s hoping our taxes will go down.

“We lost all of our landscape and our property value isn’t what it was, I cannot sell my house for what I bought it for, But they are going to tax me like it is,: Jermain said.

Related: Some Hamden residents are still rebuilding a year after tornado

But the Assessor says they don’t value individual trees, but they do look at curb appeal. Gelati says they may be able to cut Hamden up into zones that were affected by the tornadoes and treat them differently. He says once the assessments are done, they can appeal and the town can look at it on a case-by-case basis.

The Wetlands Commission was also at the meeting. Many trees went down in the wetlands and people aren’t allowed to drive cranes or bucket trucks into the wetlands, so many backyards have piles of dead trees that can’t be removed.

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