Elbridge puts CAP on hold

"Obviously its a significant change... I think you're kind of obligated for residents to know what your plans are," Blumer said. "This is backdoor politics, in my opinion."

Bush responded.

"Doug, I respect you so much I'm going to withdraw this resolution and pay for an ad in the Shopping Guide for a public meeting," he said. "So anyone who reads the Shopping Guide will know. I will not sit here and be accused of backdoor politics."

Bush said a resolution for the agreement would be back on the agenda for the Oct. 7 regular town board meeting, allowing the public two weeks to respond.

CAP Nuts and bolts

One of the concerns among residents regarding the CAP was how it would affect their interaction and access to the assessor.

The board explained that currently the assessor is in the Elbridge office three hours a week. Under the CAP, the full-time assessor would be in the Elbridge office one full day to one and half days each week, and still be accessible to Elbridge residents while at the Camillus office.

Bush described the proposed system as a full-time assessor based in two offices, overseeing operations in two branch offices.

That assessor would be Karakas, who has served as the Camillus assessor for two years.

Fitts, who has served the town of Elbridge for 15 years and would essentially be out of a job if the CAP were created, expressed concerns over Karakas' short time in the field. Fitts' claim that the residents of Elbridge would be "under the control of the Camillus Town Board," was discredited by Elbridge attorney Dirk Oudemool.

"The two town boards would not be merged together, there would be separate voting by each town," Oudemool said.

The CAP agreement would be budget-neutral for Elbridge.

Bush said the 2010 budget would have allotted $20,150 for the Elbridge assessor's office operations. Under the CAP, Elbridge would pay Camillus $20,000 for assessment services for the year.

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