The final point to realize is that your bottom line tax bill is then based on what the total value of all of the properties in town are updated to and then the budget for the town is met by resetting the "mil rate". If most appraisals go up resulting in a larger grand list (higher total value for the property in the town), then the mil rate will go down assuming the town's budget stays the same.
Bottom line, look close at the data and compare to similar homes. If you can't find errors, then perhaps your old assessment was flawed and the errors have now been corrected with the new appraisal. FYI - Street light being out can simply be reported to NDPU for repair.
BTW, even though they never entered the house to view it, apparently our simple bathroom is the most expensive in our neighborhood. What a joke. I think they are extremely unjust.
We fought the entire assessment with eleven legitimate, well-documented arguments supported by assessments of similar houses in our neighborhood. What was the Board of Appeals response? 'No Change', and no explanation was afforded us. How arrogant! Well, we found out that by statute, they don't have to tell us the reasons they decided not to readjust. Our only option would be to take them to court. The stress and expense of that just isn't worth it, so they got us, didn't they?!
This put a very bad taste in our mouths about living in Norwich, CT.