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Cicero hires GAR Associates for reassessment project

The firm will hold several public meetings to explain their process; see the breakout for more information.

Town of Cicero Real Property Reassessment Project 2011

The town of Cicero has adopted a resolution to revalue all properties in the town in an effort to create fair and equitable property assessments for the 2011 assessment roll. To assist in this effort, GAR Associates, Inc. has been retained as contractor for the town. GAR will be working closely with Town of Cicero Assessor, Brad Brennan CRA, SCAA.

The goal of this project is to create fair and equitable property assessments at 100 percent of full market value.

The intent of the town and the contractor (GAR) is to work with the community in achieving this goal.

The first phase of the project will begin in July with the mailing of inventory surveys to all residential and commercial property owners in the town. The town and GAR are asking property owners for assistance in completing the information on this survey.

Beginning in August, GAR staff will be collecting inventory at all properties within the town of Cicero. Staff will be attempting to perform an interior and exterior inspection on each property. Exterior measurements will be taken at this time to assist in obtaining proper inventory of each improved property. Digital photos will also be taken of the exterior.

ALL GAR STAFF WILL HAVE PROPER IDENTIFICATION ON THEM DURING FIELD INSPECTIONS. The town assessment office, clerk and local police agencies will have a vehicle list of all project staff members.

As part of the ongoing effort to keep the property owners informed throughout the project, GAR will hold general information workshops for property owners. The first series is scheduled as follows:

Residential properties

10 a.m. or 12 p.m. July 25

6 or 7:30 p.m. July 29

Waterfront/seasonal properties

6:30 p.m. July 30

Commercial/industrial Properties

7 p.m. Aug. 12

Seating is limited for each session and reservations are required. For reservations and location please call 1 (800) 718-5149 or register on line at http://appointments.garappraisal.com. Additional sessions will be added as required.

The above was a press release issued by GAR Associates.

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