Spafford prepares for town-wide property reassessment

— “The ones who have lived here the longest get hurt,” said Councilor Chris Fesko.

Adjusting by neighborhood with annual reassessments could remedy that issue, but all depends on the market fluctuations. Stone-Gridley said annual reassessments is something that would have to be discussed by the board, but that completing the process once every three years is a good cycle.

The town currently plans reassessments for every four years.

Stevens said taxes are a “necessary evil,” but the hope is to keep increases to a minimum by doing the reassessment now as there is potential for the equalization rate to continue to climb.

“You won’t get the fluctuation like you did with 100 down to 63 [percent],” he said.

As an assessor on five of the Finger Lakes, Stone-Gridley completes revaluations regularly for other municipalities. She said she recently completed a reval for Geneva, which is comparable to Spafford with approximately 2,000 properties.

Residents with questions or concerns about the reassessment process are welcome to visit Stone-Gridley when she is in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Town Hall or contact Lesch-VonRandall via email at Aaron.Lesch-VonRandall@tax.ny.gov.

The town will keep residents up to date on the process through mailings and its website, townofspafford.com.

Miranda L. Pennock is an Eagle Newspapers contributor. She can be reached through the editor at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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