He is aware of the major increase in taxes in 2005. "All I can do is create a fair and equitable roll so that you are not being assessed any more than anyone else with a similar property. I can't control what people are paying -- that is market driven but I will be doing the best job I can for the property owners," Miller said.
The Millers have two sons. Kevin who has a business in Boonville and Brian, an Army officer who recently left Iraq and is now stationed in Germany. The couple has three grandchildren.
Kim Stone-Gridley of Union Springs is the new assessor for Spafford. "She is accredited, up to date, well versed on the computer software we have for the town and began to work with Bob Brown in December so that she could be filled in on certain things that are going on and are in process," Supervisor Stevens said. Brown, who has been assessor for both towns, ended his tenure December 31.
Stone-Gridley is already becoming acquainted with Spafford, driving about with a map. Larry Fitts will be doing the re-evaluation Stevens said, "He is well on his way into it. After he is done she will keep the assessments up to where they should be, between 90 and 100 percent of assessed evaluation. Now we are down to 63 percent equalization rate. It is quite a large deficit. Everybody should pay their fair share. She assured us she can do this.
"If there is a real problem she is willing to go the extra mile to get a solution to it. One-third will go up, one-third will go down, one-third will be the same. That is the way it has gone in other towns. The preliminaries should be done by March, the finals by May."