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 government (COG) and municipalities.  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 currently serves as the Secretary’s designee on the State Water Planning Council (WPC), Governors Council on Climate Change (GC3) 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 Connecticut’s Regional Planning Organizations 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.

News & Updates

Revaluation Personnel Certification Review Seminar and Examinations

The Office of Policy and Management announces that the examinations for Revaluation Personnel Certification will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019.  Examinations for Land/Residential, Commercial/Industrial, Personal Property, and Supervisor will be offered. A review seminar will be conducted on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. For more information and the application form click here.       
                              
Fiscal Year 2019 Municipal Expenditure Cap
Pursuant to Subsection (h) of Connecticut General Statute Section 4-66l, municipalities are required to certify to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management whether their adopted budget expenditure has exceeded the previous fiscal year by 2.5%. Complete the fiscal year 2019 Municipal Expenditure Cap Certification Form, sign, scan and email the  form to Martin.Heft@ct.gov by Monday, February 11, 2019. 

 

Bill Passed To Establish a Tax Deferment Program for Federal Shutdown Affected Employees

HB 5765 establishes a loan program and a municipal option provision to establish a program to defer the due date of specific property taxes owed by affected employees. 

The bill authorizes municipalities and municipal subdivisions to establish a program to defer the due dates for an affected employee’s real and personal property or motor vehicles taxes, or water or sewer rates, charges or assessment payments. The municipality’s legislative body (or if the legislative body is a town meeting, its board of selectmen) may vote to establish the program.   
 

 
Office of Responsible Growth

The Office of Responsible Growth (ORG) is a unit within the Intergovernmental and Comprehensive 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:

  • Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA)
  • State Plan of Conservation and Development (C&D Plan)
  • Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)
  • Regional Growth Planning and Community Development
  • Water Resources Planning

Visit the Office of Responsible Growth webpage.


 
Assessment, Data Collection and Grants Management Unit
  • 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:

    1. Payments in Lieu of Taxes on Private Colleges and General Hospitals
    2. Payments in Lieu of Taxes on State-Owned Property
    3. Local Capital Improvement Program
  • Manages property tax relief programs that benefit individuals/companies:
    1. Manufacturers located in distressed municipalities
    2. Elderly and disabled homeowners and renters
    3. Elderly and Disabled Freeze Program 
    4. Veterans additional
  • 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:
Jonathan Harris, Undersecretary
Phone: (860) 418-6221