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Monday, April 7, 2008

Whitestown, N.Y.

is examining revaluation...interesting article in today's Observer Dispatch.

As we already blogged, we now have a copy of the Whitestown assessment database. We've had a chance to look at the definitely could use some "cleaning up", and that is putting it mildly.

Our assessment program is almost ready to go for Whitestown...we anticipate having it online by the middle of this week. We would advise all residents in Whitestown to review their assessments when we get them online (and before the revaluation takes place). We will also be adding some reports to help you determine if your assessment is fair compared to other "like" homes. If you feel you are unfairly assessed, we advise you to contact the assessor to discuss your concerns.

If anything regarding your property information in our program is not correct, i.e. square footage, number of bedrooms or baths, etc. be sure to bring that to the attention of the assessor. She is the only one that can change the information...our program merely shows the information that is contained in the assessment database.

If after talking to the assessor, you are still not satisfied, you also have the option of appearing before the Board of Assessment Review in May. If you decide to "grieve" your assessment you will need to fill out and submit a Grievance Form to the assessor's office prior to Grievance Day.

In the meantime, we have a suggestion...since Earle Reed is such a "proponent" of "shared services"; perhaps he should contact Whitestown regarding "teaming up" for a revaluation in New Hartford. The last one was a disaster that can only be repaired by doing another revaluation...this time hopefully it can be done correctly.

To be continued...see story below!

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