CHAPTER 266b

PROPERTY TAXATION
AT BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Table of Contents

Sec. 15-101aa. Leased facilities at airport subject to property tax. Exceptions.

Sec. 15-101bb. Assessment of airport property subject to taxation.

Sec. 15-101cc. Determination of tax applicable to airport property. Collection by towns in which property is located.

Sec. 15-101dd. Airport property subject to tax excluded in determination of state grant in lieu of taxes.

Sec. 15-101ee. Regulations related to taxation of airport property.

Secs. 15-101ff to 15-101ll. Reserved


Sec. 15-101aa. Leased facilities at airport subject to property tax. Exceptions. Any land, building or easement belonging to or held in trust for the state of Connecticut or the Connecticut Airport Authority and forming a part of Bradley International Airport that is leased to a person or to an organization shall be subject to real property taxation under this chapter, except that no such tax shall be imposed with regard to any of the following:

(a) All leases for concessions or similar arrangements in any terminal facilities of the airport;

(b) All leases for facilities directly related to aviation, located in Bradley International Airport, including, but not limited to: (1) Navigation and landing aids and other air aviation facilities; (2) facilities for storage of aircraft, spacecraft and related appurtenances; (3) passenger and cargo terminal buildings, hangars and control towers; (4) the portion of food service facilities servicing airlines, not exempt under subsection (a) of this section; (5) car rental agencies; (6) maintenance facilities; (7) parking facilities; and (8) office facilities existing on September 30, 1992, in which end uses that are directly related to aviation equal not less than forty per cent of the total gross leasable space in any such facility;

(c) A lease for a single hotel to be located on property at Bradley International Airport adjacent to and attached by common partition to the passenger terminal complex, notwithstanding that a lease of such property may not be executed and in effect as of June 12, 1984;

(d) All leases on facilities located in Bradley International Airport, executed and in effect as of September 30, 1992, including all future renewals, assignments and transfers of such leases, or portions thereof, whether with the same or a substitute lessee, without regard to whether such leases or any terms and provisions thereof shall be changed, provided that such renewal, assignment or transfer is for the same or similar facilities; and

(e) Any property leased to any organization which, if the property were owned by or held in trust for such organization, would not be liable for taxes with respect to such property under any of the subdivisions of section 12-81, provided such property is used exclusively for the purposes of such organization as stated in the applicable subdivision of said section.

(P.A. 84-358, S. 1, 6; P.A. 93-434, S. 11, 20; P.A. 11-84, S. 24.)

History: P.A. 84-358 effective June 12, 1984, and applicable to the assessment year commencing October 1, 1984, and each assessment year thereafter; P.A. 93-434 added Subdiv. (b)(8) exempting certain office facilities from the property tax and amended Subdiv. (d) to change the date for such leases to qualify from June 12, 1984, to September 30, 1992, effective June 30, 1993, and applicable to assessment years commencing on and after October 1, 1992; P.A. 11-84 added reference to Connecticut Airport Authority, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 15-101bb. Assessment of airport property subject to taxation. Property subject to taxation under this chapter shall be assessed by the assessor or board of assessors of the town in which it is located at seventy per cent of the fair market value as determined by a person certified by the state as a real estate appraiser, provided such appraiser is selected by a majority vote of the chief executive officers of the towns of East Granby, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks. The services of the appraiser selected shall be paid for by the towns of East Granby, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks in proportion to the percentages for each town set forth in section 15-101cc. Not later than August first in any assessment year, the appraiser shall provide to the assessor or board of assessors of each of the towns listed in said section and to the lessee of the property, the fair market value of the property subject to taxation under this chapter as of October first in such assessment year. The appraiser shall be responsible for making a determination of taxability or nontaxability of leasehold interests under this chapter. If any town or the lessee is aggrieved by the determination of the appraiser concerning (1) the taxability of real property under the provisions of this chapter, or (2) the valuation thereof, such town or the lessee may, within thirty days of the receipt of written notice of such determination, appeal to the superior court for the judicial district where such property is located. Such appeals shall be preferred cases, to be heard, unless cause appears to the contrary, at the first session, by the court.

(P.A. 84-358, S. 2, 6; P.A. 93-434, S. 12, 20.)

History: P.A. 84-358 effective June 12, 1984, and applicable to the assessment year commencing October 1, 1984, and each assessment year thereafter; P.A. 93-434 transferred assessment authority from the secretary of the office of policy and management to the assessors in the town in which the property is located, specified that the property is to be assessed at fair market value and made technical changes, effective June 30, 1993, and applicable to assessment years commencing on and after October 1, 1992.

Sec. 15-101cc. Determination of tax applicable to airport property. Collection by towns in which property is located. The rate of tax applicable to the assessed value of property the taxability of which has been determined in accordance with section 15-101bb, shall be levied on the basis of an adjusted mill rate, equal to the average mill rate assessed on property in the towns of Windsor, Windsor Locks, Suffield and East Granby. Each of these towns shall be entitled to collect the proceeds of the tax on a pro rata basis, based upon the proportion of land in Bradley International Airport located within each town’s borders. The respective percentages allocable to each town are as follows:

Windsor Locks

40.72%

Suffield

32.75%

East Granby

26.02%

Windsor

.51%

Each town shall be entitled to collect interest, at the rate of one and one-half per cent per month on any amount of tax that remains unpaid for more than thirty days from its due date. Each lessee of property subject to taxation under this chapter shall be liable directly to the towns for payment of the tax and the towns shall have all remedies available to them at law to collect such tax, provided no liens or attachments shall be placed on any such property and no action may be taken against the state of Connecticut with respect to any such property.

(P.A. 84-358, S. 3, 6; P.A. 93-434, S. 13, 20.)

History: P.A. 84-358 effective June 12, 1984, and applicable to the assessment year commencing October 1, 1984, and each assessment year thereafter; P.A. 93-434 deleted reference to the rate of taxation and substituted reference to the rate of tax under Sec. 15-101bb, effective June 30, 1993, and applicable to assessment years commencing on and after October 1, 1992.

Sec. 15-101dd. Airport property subject to tax excluded in determination of state grant in lieu of taxes. Whenever any lessee is required to pay property taxes under this chapter, the assessed valuation of such property subject to the interest of the lessee shall not be included in the annual list of assessed values of state-owned real property in such town as prepared for purposes of state grants in accordance with section 12-19a and the amount of grant to such town under said section 12-19a shall be determined without consideration of such assessed value.

(P.A. 84-358, S. 4, 6.)

History: P.A. 84-358 effective June 12, 1984, and applicable to the assessment year commencing October 1, 1984, and each assessment year thereafter.

Sec. 15-101ee. Regulations related to taxation of airport property. The Commissioner of Transportation may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter.

(P.A. 84-358, S. 5, 6.)

History: P.A. 84-358 effective June 12, 1984, and applicable to the assessment year commencing October 1, 1984, and each assessment year thereafter.

Secs. 15-101ff to 15-101ll. Reserved for future use.