Collins addresses issues with parcel maps

COLLINS — The parcel maps in the town of Collins are not perfect, with a few having multiple errors like street misspellings and mixing up the order of landowners on a street.

An out-of-towner called the town to ask for directions to his address he was given in which he has never seen. The directions, via the town maps, were not too helpful. The town found out the need to address the mishap of addresses.

For the situation of neighboring houses that have one owning the wrong house and vice versa, it is the easiest of fixes. However, that doesn’t make the change simplistic.

“You can’t delete and reuse a (parcel) number,” Collins Town Assessor Jeanne Ebersole said at a recent town board meeting. “Once you delete it, you have to change it. So in order to fix it, I literally have to take all of the information off all these pages and put it on the other (parcel) number and then take all the information from all these pages and put it in the other (parcel) number. And then send letters to the families so they understand why the change.”

The parcel maps are clearly outdated and are in need of revisions. Although, one problematic map was cluttered with typos of wrongly named streets.

“Instead of Dupont road, it’s Dupoint road,” Ebersole added. “It’s not a big deal, except that it is wrong. Brewer Road is Brewel Road. West Becker is not labeled as West Becker. Washburn … it’s New Road.”

The assessor has been working in the field for many years and has assisted in local areas as well. Ebersole has seen mistakes before and has fixed them.

This is Ebersole’s first time she has seen these many mistakes on one map, though.

“That’s your first time? And there is four of them on one map? That’s frightening,” Collins Town Supervisor Dave Tessmer said.

Ebersole added that Erie County only has three mappers. Beside the misspellings, Ebersole questioned the parcel layout. Some parcels were one large one, instead of four smaller ones. Ebersole still needed to look into whether or not those were done by courtesy or by deed.

The impact is two fold. Not only will the maps be more accurate and when needed, the maps can help guide and reflect the town, but it will be financially beneficial as Ebersole answered the town attorney’s question of whether it will make more tax revenue,” Oh, absolutely.”

Ebersole’s other fixes include looking at farm exemptions and the reasoning behind the number they chose for an exemption. All-in-all, the town listened to the assessor’s report with ease knowing that a solution looks to be made near the beginning of next year. Something that may be resolved before the issue is much larger.

“It is an incredible amount of work,” Ebersole said, “but again we get a lot done on Tuesdays. … It’s the best $2,000 the town has ever spent.”


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