INTERGOVERNMENTAL POLICY AND PLANNING DIVISION
The primary goal of the Intergovernmental Policy and Planning Division (IGPP) is to formulate and implement state policy pertaining to the relationship between the State of Connecticut, regional councils of governments (COGs) and municipalities. 
NEWS AND UPDATES
 
Municipal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Program - Municipal CRF Program
 
Municipal Best Practices Guidelines - ACIR's best practices guidelines to assist municipalities in their response to the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
                       

Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP)

The application period will begin on July 13 and towns must apply by August 14. Recipient projects are expected to be announced in mid-September. Please go to this webpage for guidance and applications.
 

Neglected Cemetery Account Grant - The Office of Policy and Management is accepting applications to make grants to eligible municipalities for the purpose of municipal maintenance of neglected burial grounds and cemeteries. The complete application and guidance can be viewed by clicking THIS LINK.

 

Certified CT Municipal Assessor Committee (CCMA) Openings

The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes Section 12-40a, will appoint two committee members each serve a six-year term from November 20, 2020 to November 19, 2026. Deadline for submission is noon on September 8th.  Click HERE for details.  

 

Fall Revaluation Exams -Due to public health and safety as a result of COVID-19, the Office of Policy and Management will not offer the Fall Revaluation Exams. As the state continues with its opening of operations, OPM will determine whether the examinations will be held later in the year.                        

 

Renters Rebate - April 1st to October 1st

Applications may be made through the town social service agency. Due to COVID-19, please check with your municipality for any delays or procedures for applying. More information can be found at Renters Rebate.

 

COVID-19 Tax Deferral / Low Interest Program Information:

IGPP FUNCTIONS

The Division functions as a conduit for intergovernmental communications by gathering and disseminating information concerning the needs of local governments and COGs, the programs of assistance available to them, and legislative activities affecting them.  Within this context, IGPP is also responsible for conservation and development policies for land and water resources.  The IGPP Division includes two units - the Office of Responsible Growth (ORG) and the Assessment, Data Collection and Grants Management Unit.

 

Division members advise the Secretary on regional and local governmental issues and propose legislation relating to property assessment, taxation, and conservation and development. Staff also make recommendations to the Secretary concerning legislative and administrative improvements to property tax exemption programs administered by IGPP that assist business enterprises, as well as tax relief programs for the elderly, veterans and persons with disabilities. Division staff administer 23 grant programs under which funds are annually distributed to Connecticut municipalities or residents thereof and COGs.

 

The Undersecretary or staff currently serve as the Secretary’s designee on the State Water Planning Council (WPC), the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) and the Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Advisory Board.  The Undersecretary has also traditionally served as the OPM liaison to the Connecticut Councils of Governments (CTCOG) as well as the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) and the Connecticut Conference of Small Towns (COST).

 

The Division staffs the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR), and the Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Advisory Board and participates on the State Agencies Fostering Resilience Council (SAFR). In addition, staff members are appointed to the Certified Connecticut Municipal Assessor Committee and the Certified Connecticut Municipal Collector Committee, and serve on various committees of the Connecticut Association of Assessing Officers and the Connecticut Tax Collectors Association as needed.

 

Staff prepares revisions to the Conservation and Development Policies Plan for Connecticut (C&D Plan) on a recurring five-year cycle. The Plan provides the policy framework for state capital investment decisions regarding future growth and development in the state. Staff also administer the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act and oversee the process that seeks to minimize or avoid environmental harm resulting from state agency actions that may have an impact on the environment.

                       

Staff prepares technical reports for use by state, regional and local officials, including annual Equalized Net Grand Lists by town and the biannual Estimates of State Formula Aid to Municipalities. In addition, staff members provide limited technical assistance to town officials, and disseminate information concerning Connecticut assessment and property taxation to the general public.

 OFFICE OF RESPONSIBLE GROWTH
The Office of Responsible Growth (ORG) is a unit within the Intergovernmental Policy and Planning Division that was created by Governor Rell’s Executive Order No. 15 in October 2006 to help build upon efforts “to revitalize cities, preserve the unique charm of our state and build livable, economically strong communities while protecting our natural resources for the enjoyment of future generations.”  ORG’s major work functions include the following:

Visit the Office of Responsible Growth webpage

 
ASSESSMENT, DATA COLLECTION AND GRANTS MANAGEMENT 

Develops and recommends policy to the Governor and provides guidance to municipalities in certain areas of property tax assessment. Issues regulations concerning municipal revaluations; qualifies revaluation personnel; recommends schedules for motor vehicle property assessment purposes; and prescribes municipal assessment forms.

Manages formula grant programs that benefit municipalities:
Manages property tax relief programs that benefit individuals/companies:
Collects, analyzes and publishes municipal data including equalized net grand list, mill rates and grand levies along with revaluation date tracking, testing and certification.
 
Acts as liaison to Connecticut Association of Assessing Officials, Connecticut Certified Municipal Assessors Committee and Certified Connecticut Municipal Tax Collector Committee.

For further information, contact:
Martin L. Heft, Acting Undersecretary
Martin.Heft@ct.gov  860.418.6355