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Townwide reval in the works for Elbridge

Town residents should receive a letter in the next week or two that will tell them what their tentative new assessment will be and what kind of increase or decrease to their property taxes they can expect.

They will then have the opportunity to schedule an appointment with Assessor Larry Fitz to discuss the changes, a process known as "sitting with the assessment roll."

Ceratt said in a revaluation year, the assessor would probably sit longer with the roll, allowing more people to meet with him.

Following the meeting, property owners will receive a second letter noting any changes that have occurred as a result of their meeting with the assessor. Then, grievance day will allow them a second chance to "grieve" their assessment.

Two weeks later, homeowners will receive notice of their final assessment. Their last option to argue the figure would be small claims court, Ceratt said.

Grievance Day has not yet been set, but cannot take place before the fourth Tuesday of May, Ceratt said.

The final assessment roll must be completed by July 1.

For more information on real property taxes and revaluations, visit the New York State Office of Real Property Services online at orps.state.ny.us.

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