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Town of Canajoharie to pursue revaluation with village's blessing

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - Updated: 10:20 PM


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- The Canajoharie Town Board agreed to pursue a revaluation during last Thursday's monthly meeting, which was postponed a week due to inclement weather.

The town and village both lose money when the equalization rate -- currently at 61 percent -- is not at 100 percent. Supervisor Herbert Allen said that the town lost $30,000 over three quarters due to the inaccurate equalization rate, which, he said, "is almost half of what it will cost for a reval."

Currently those eligible for the STAR program also lose money because of the inaccurate equalization rate.

"I think we ought to see if there's some way we can come up with some money and get bids out for a revaluation," said Allen.

Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery, present at last Thursday's meeting, said that the village board has had discussions regarding the issue. He stated, "the village board is in complete support of a revaluation."

He noted of the last two he went through personally, "I found them to be quite accurate." Avery said that it's always best to let the appraiser into the home, because if you don't, "they assume you have the best of everything, and they put the highest valuation on everything." He added that appraisers are not assessing peoples' home furnishings, just the structure.

It's been 15 years since the last revaluation in Canajoharie. Assessor Charlene Ruszkowski has been pushing for a revaluation, noting its importance and providing the board with education about the process, for years.

Prior to a revaluation, there will be informational meetings scheduled to let homeowners know exactly what to expect.

During last Thursday's meeting, the town signed an agreement with the village, who agreed to snow-blow the town office's Mitchell St. sidewalk for $1 a season.

Avery asked that the town name the village on their insurance policy, so a situation doesn't arise where they can be held liable if somebody is injured on the patch of sidewalk they snow-blow.

The village will only snow-blow the sidewalk directly in front of the building, not the steps, and will not apply sand or salt.

The reason Supervisor Herbert Allen requested the village's help in snow-blowing is because the town snowblower broke down once again. Although it has since been repaired, Allen said it's been on the fritz for a while.

During last Thursday's meeting, there was a notable absence. It was that of Mitchell, the town of Canajoharie cat, who moved to New Hampshire with former town clerk Susan Smith. Mitchell would often roam the facility during meetings, being pet by attendees, sometimes even plopping down in the middle of the table where the town board discussed business.


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