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September 19, 2013

Assess this: Westport and E'town make pact

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Nearby Herkimer County is assessing for six towns, Supervisor Margaret Bartley (D-Elizabethtown) pointed out.

“There’s a trend for that,” she said.

PROMOTION STAYS

Supervisor Roby Politi (R-North Elba) said he would support the experiment, but didn’t like the fact that the grade promotion for the current tax mapper could not be rescinded if it failed.

“The promotion stays forever,” Politi said. “I’m willing to try it for a year. I don’t like it.”

County Manager Daniel Palmer said several towns have had difficulty hiring a qualified sole assessor.

“I think ultimately you are all going to be running into those situations where you can’t find an assessor. The county has some responsibility to provide some kind of expertise as a first step.”

‘MISSING PIECE’

The state allows towns that currently have an elected board of assessors to make the switch to an appointed professional assessor by majority vote, and many have.

The committee vote was 8-0, with Supervisor Randy Preston (I-Wilmington) abstaining.

“The missing piece of the puzzle is how much is it going to cost the county at the end of the day?” he said.

The next vote is at Ways and Means on Monday, with a final vote at the board’s 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, regular meeting in the Old County Courthouse at Elizabethtown.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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