PA 10-84—sHB 5059

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Planning and Development Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPOINTMENT OF MUNICIPAL ASSESSORS

SUMMARY: This act eliminates a municipality's option to elect assessors and only allows municipalities to appoint them. Under prior law, a municipality could (1) choose to elect or appoint up to five assessors by a town or borough meeting vote or a two-thirds vote of the legislative body in a municipality without meetings, (2) set the assessor's qualifications and compensation, and (3) allow the assessor or board of assessors to appoint clerical or other assistants within appropriations. The act limits these provisions to appointed assessors and eliminates provisions on setting terms of office and terminating terms of assessors in office.

The act also requires the town clerk to swear the assessor to the faithful performance of his or her duties. The law already requires an assessor to be sworn before beginning his or her duties.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2010

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