Cicero approves shared assessment program with Salina

Tarwacki cast the lone dissenting vote. She has vocally opposed the agreement since it was suggested, expressing the opinion that Cicero's assessment rolls are in too poor a state to combine assessor's offices with another town. She has also said that Assessment Committee Chairman John Winters opposed the move.

Trial run

The full Coordinated Assessment Program cannot go through until Cicero's assessment rolls are brought up to date and the town is operating on a full-value assessment basis, which is expected to happen by 2011. Therefore, the towns will be involved in an informal partnership until that time.

During this trial run, Cicero's acting assessor, Linda Yancey, will stay on to help Brennan get familiar with the town and to complete the revaluation.

Brennan will start in the position Wednesday March 25.

Support from the outside

After the vote, Dudzinski read a letter into the record that board members received from the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce.

"Government modernization can exist in many different forms," Dudzinski read. "It's a high-priority initiative Shared services that reduce cost and/or increase efficiency mitigate our high tax burden. We commend your leadership for considering this shared services [agreement] Actions such as this help distinguish Central New York as a great place to live and work."

The move also has the support of the county and the state's Office of Real Property Services.

"We're all trying to do more with less," said Teresa Frank, regional director of ORPS' Syracuse office. "It certainly can be done if there's good support staff I think this is a step in the right direction. There's nothing locking you in at this point. It can't hurt to try this."

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