New Elbridge assessor asks residents to be proactive

Newly appointed as the town of Elbridge assessor, Celeste Karakas attended the Elbridge Town Board meeting Wednesday Nov. 4 and reported to the board that the assessment office would be starting a "little bit of a different approach."

Karakas said she has begun processing data that was not processed after this year's revaluation.

"I'm finding I have quite a bit of data to catch up on," Karakas said.

She asked that Elbridge property owners check ongov.net to verify that the information on record for their property is correct, and notify the office immediately if they find an error.

Karakas also told the board that informal hearings, when property owners have the opportunity to discuss their tentative assessment with the assessor, could begin early if necessary.

Part of the reason she came onto the job with a hefty workload was that last year's sales were never verified, Karakas said.

Karakas is also the assessor for the town of Camillus. Elbridge and Camillus entered into a coordinated assessment program last month, hiring Karakas in place of former assessor Larry Fitts.

Resident Dan Conroy, who ran unsuccessfully last week for a spot on the town board, asked Karakas whether she would be visiting each property to visually verify the data on file in the office.

One of the community's chief concerns regarding the CAP with Camillus was the large number of parcels one assessor would be responsible for keeping track of.

Karakas said her method of staying on top of changing property data would be to keep up to date with sales and to drive by all properties in the town.

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