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Assessor's Office

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1. What is business personal property?
2. Who needs to file the Declaration of Personal Property?
3. When does the Declaration of Personal Property need to be filed?

Assessor's Office - Board of Assessment Appeals

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1. If I disagree with my assessment, what are my options?

Assessor's Office - Motor Vehicle

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1. If I have sold my car, how do I get my vehicle off the tax rolls for the City of Bristol?
2. I have moved out of state and have registered my vehicle out of state. How do I get my vehicle off the tax rolls for the City of Bristol?
3. What is a Supplemental Motor Vehicle Bill?

Assessor's Office - Real Estate

Assessor's Office - Renters, Homeowners Tax Relief Program & Disability Exemption

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1. Can I freeze my taxes?
2. What are the requirements for the Renters and the Homeowners Tax Relief Programs?
3. What is the filing period for the Renter and the Homeowners Tax Relief Programs?
4. Is there a tax exemption for a disabled person?
5. How do I prove I am Social Security disabled?

Assessor's Office - Revaluation FAQ's

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1. What is a revaluation?
2. Will a revaluation increase taxes?
3. Will all property values change?
4. How will I know if my assessment is equitable?
5. Does the Assessor's Office have the correct information on my property?
6. Why did my land value change differently than my building value?
7. What is market value and who determines my property value?
8. What is an informal hearing?
9. How do I prepare for a hearing?
10. How will I know if a change was made to my assessment after my hearing?
11. If I disagree with my assessment after a hearing, what are my options?
12. Is the valuation model that Bristol uses a proprietary model?
13. I am seeing a lot of bad news coming from the real estate industry. Is this being shown in my new assessment?
14. Are waterfront properties unfairly singled out during a revaluation?
15. What sales did you compare to my home to arrive at my value?
16. What if there hasn't been a recent arms-length sale of my property?
17. What if there are no reasonably comparable sales?
18. I recently built my home. Will the actual construction costs be considered?
19. What will happen to my assessment if I improve my property?
20. Will my assessment go up if I repair my property?
21. How can my assessment change when I haven't done anything to my property?
22. Do all assessments change at the same rate?
23. Nobody inspected the inside of my home, how could you reassess it?
24. I've heard that you develop values by computer. Is that correct?

Assessor's Office - Veterans Exemptions

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1. Do I qualify for a veteran’s exemption?

Bristol Development Authority

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1. What kinds of assistance does the City of Bristol Development Authority provide to businesses?
2. I want to start a business. What kind of assistance is available?
3. Does the City of Bristol have property for development?
4. What is the Enterprise Zone and what are the benefits found there?
5. What is the CDBG?
6. How is the use of CDBG funds determined?
7. What are the Five-Year Plan priorities?
8. When are applications for funding accepted?
9. Who can apply to receive CDBG funds?
10. How do I qualify for the Housing Rehabilitation or the Commercial Rehabilitation program?
11. Who do I contact with housing discrimination complaints?
12. What kinds of grants does the City of Bristol apply to receive?
13. Can the BDA help homeowners address building/fire code violations and blight issues?

Building Department

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1. What are the permit fee amounts?
2. What times can I apply for a permit?
3. How can I make a code enforcement (zoning, blight, tall grass) complaint?
4. What is “blight”?

Community Services

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1. How is the City of Bristol involved in evictions?
2. What is relocation assistance?
3. Is there a State of Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) office in Bristol?
4. Is there still a Social Security office in Bristol?

Comptroller’s Office

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1. When does the Board of Finance meet?
2. Where can I find information about the City’s financials?
3. Where can I learn more about the budget process?
4. I performed work for the city; when will I get paid?
5. I performed work for the city during the year. When will I receive my 1099 from the city?
6. I am a City employee with questions regarding my paycheck, direct deposit, state and/or federal taxes, employee deductions, pension, or health benefits.
7. I am a city employee who needs to make a change to my health insurance. Who do I contact?
8. I am a city employee and would like to seek information regarding retirement. Who should I contact?

Department of Aging Services

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1. What age qualifies me to participate at the Senior Center?
2. Can I join the Senior Center if I do not live in Bristol?
3. I need Meals on Wheels; how do I go about applying?

Fair Housing

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1. What is fair housing?
2. Who is the fair housing officer in the City of Bristol?

Fire Department

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1. Can I burn brush at my home?
2. How do I get a copy of a report?
3. Can I drop off hazardous materials at city fire stations?
4. How do I get an inspection of a coal / wood / pellet stove installation?
5. I own an apartment building. How often must it be inspected?
6. How many inches of water do I have to have in my basement before the Fire Department will pump it out?
7. Where can I get sand bags in the event of flooding?
8. Can I have a campfire in my yard?
9. How do I schedule a fire safety presentation?
10. When can I bring my child in for a fire house tour?
11. Does Bristol have volunteer firefighters?
12. What do I have to do to become a Bristol firefighter?
13. Can I get smoke/CO detectors for my home?
14. What can I do to prepare for an emergency?
15. What can I do if my child sets or plays with fire?
16. Does the Bristol Fire Department have an explorer program?

Library

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1. Does the library offer story time programs?
2. Does the library offer story time programs for children of all ages?
3. What kinds of programs does the library offer kids 12-17 years old?
4. How old does a child have to be to get a library card?
5. Are children allowed to use the internet in the Children's and Young Adult Departments?
6. Does the library have a fax machine for public use?
7. Does the library have a scanner for public use?
8. Does the library have a copy machine for public use.
9. Does the library provide WiFi access?
10. When is the Bristol History Room open?

Main

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1. How do I contact a city department?
2. How can I contact my state or federal elected representatives?
3. Where do I go to get a permit?
4. Where can I find the answers to my frequently asked questions?

Parks and Recreation

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1. How do I register for a program?
2. Can I pay with a credit card?
3. Can I register online?
4. How do I reach the indoor pool?
5. What are the office hours?
6. Can I use a park facility for a function?
7. Are the volleyball courts or ball fields available to rent?

Personnel Department

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1. How do I know what positions are open?
2. How do I apply?
3. What if I have heard of an opening but do not see it posted anywhere?
4. What happens after I submit my application?
5. Does the city provide special consideration for applicants with disabilities?
6. Does the city offer seasonal employment opportunities?

Police Department

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1. Should I call the police if I'm involved in a motor vehicle accident?
2. Where can I get a police report?
3. Will police take my fingerprints for job applications?
4. What do I have to do to obtain a pistol permit?
5. How do I appeal a parking ticket?
6. Can I park my car on the street during the winter time?
7. How do I notify the DMV that I changed my address?
8. When can I have studded tires on my vehicle?

Public Works

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1. Who can I call to report that my trash, recycling, yard waste or bulk was not collected?
2. Who do I call to report a pot hole?
3. When is my next recycle day?
4. Does the city have any compost for residents?
5. Is it legal to connect a basement sump pump into my home's sanitary sewer pipe?
6. What do I do in the event of a sanitary sewer blockage or backup?
7. What should I do if I see water flowing onto the street from a round manhole cover in the road?
8. If I notice a missing, damaged, or noisy manhole cover (loose fitting) what do I do?
9. Will my home owners cover the costs involved in the event of a blockage or backup in my lateral pipe?
10. What is the zoning of my property and what uses are allowed?
11. Can I split (subdivide) my property?
12. Can I operate a business from my home?
13. What is a variance, and how do I apply for one?

Purchasing Department

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1. How do I know about new bid opportunities that Bristol is issuing?
2. How do I find if and to whom a bid was awarded?
3. How do I get on the city's bid list?

Registrars of Voters

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1. How do I register to vote?
2. Where do I find a voter registration application?
3. Where do I vote?
4. Who are my elected representatives?
5. When should I vote?

Tax Office

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1. How is my tax calculated?
2. What is the new mill rate?
3. What methods of payment do you accept?
4. What is taxable?
5. When is the tax bill due?
6. How can I pay my tax bill?
7. What if I pay by mail and I want a receipt?
8. Can I make out one check for all of my tax bills?
9. What happens if I pay late?
10. Can the interest on my tax bill be waived?
11. What if I never receive a tax bill in the mail?
12. What if I recently purchased a home in Bristol or recently paid off my mortgage?
13. How do I correct the mailing address on my tax bill?
14. What if I am being billed improperly for a motor vehicle?
15. How can I avoid a real estate lien placed on my property?
16. How can I avoid a “boot” on my vehicle?

Town & City Clerk

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1. What do I need to obtain a copy of my birth certificate, a death certificate, or a marriage certificate?
2. How do I apply for a marriage license?
3. What is the conveyance tax rate and land recording fees in Bristol?
4. What do I need to open a business or file a trade name in Bristol?
5. What do I need to sell food, goods, or merchandise in Bristol?
6. Where can I get a document notarized?
7. How can I obtain an absentee ballot?
8. What do I need to apply for a dog license?
9. Where can I obtain information on an ordinance or local law?
10. How can I obtain a copy of my property deed or legal description?
11. How can I change my name on my property deed or tax bill?
12. How do I file a foreclosure registration?
13. When are the City Council meetings held?
14. How can I check for a lien on my property?
15. How can I change information on my Social Security card, obtain a copy of my divorce papers, or apply for a passport?

Water Pollution Control

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1. Is it legal to connect a basement sump pump into my home's sanitary sewer pipe?
2. What do I do in the event of a sanitary sewer blockage or backup?
3. Can I put fats, oils, or greases down the drain?
4. Can I dispose of “disposable wipes” by flushing them down the toilet?
5. What should I do if I see water flowing onto the street from a round manhole cover in the road?
6. If I notice a missing, damaged, or noisy manhole cover (loose fitting) what do I do?
7. Will my home owners cover the costs involved in the event of a blockage or backup in my lateral pipe?

Youth Services

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1. What does Youth Services do?
2. What programs do you offer?
3. Where are your services delivered?
4. How do I sign up for counseling?
5. Who is eligible to receive services?
6. What is the cost?
7. How do I sign up for programs and service?
8. What is the Youth Commission?

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