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A tangled web

Portland encouraged to do reval

September 15, 2013

By KATIE ATKINS OBSERVER Staff Writer PORTLAND — The Town of Portland needs a revaluation, desperately....

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wploetz

Sep-15-13 1:25 PM

Note: This article is only part of the story. The purpose of the meeting was property tax reform and it wasn't even mentioned. Of course certain parties tried to de-rail it into a stump for re-val. It also didn't mention the problems of re-valing just one town in the county, not fair. Additionally, it did not mention the inequities Portland has faced, singled out and targeted by the state differently than any other town in the county since 2009 without using a single sale for their determinations, just trending software, not reality . To see the rest of the story, for detailed info on what has happened in Portland, go to www dot toperc dot weebly dot com If you are interested in joining our group, contact us. We need town-wide support as this is costing our town residents over $650,000 per year.

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wploetz

Sep-15-13 12:05 PM

Agreed, not as important as the tragic football injury, our prayers are with him and his family. About re-vals, the re-val itself is only part of the cost. It is the state & county pushing for re-val. Portland elected officals are not in favor of re-val. To be accurate, all the towns in the county must be at an accurate 100%. That means assessment corrections every year with a cost to support that. If one town in the county is re-valed, you know their market value is going up. Therefore their school and county taxes will go up since those taxes are distributed based on market value. The towns that did not do a re-val or update of their assessments keeping their market values the same will then pay a lesser share of the school & county taxes. For detailed info on what has happened in Portland, go to www dot toperc dot weebly dot com If you are interested in joining our group, contact us. We need town-wide support as this is costing our town residents over $650,000 per year.

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Captain

Sep-15-13 11:16 AM

"...the Town of Portland needs a revaluation, desperately"?

No kidding...and why is this?

Munis (encouraged by the county) are positioning themselves if/when NRG shuts down. If it doesn't happen, great, that'll just be more revenues for munis to spend on operating expenses, pay raises, health care hikes, pension gains, etc. Without a re-val, munis AND schools are limited to the 2% cap (under NYS property tax law, which is really closer to 4.6%).

Local govt's are deliberately bilking property owners by intentionally inflating assessments, thereby skirting the tax cap law.

Fear not, Ms Young has assured us that she and Goodell are: "very supportive of initiatives to reduce the property tax burden."

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notalways

Sep-15-13 8:48 AM

How do you feel about the money you saved by making this a part time job now? 40 hours of work can't be done in 20 just as 40 pounds of sugar doesn't fit in a 20 pound bag.

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shofuh

Sep-15-13 8:39 AM

Get your priorities straight, how is this story more important than the story about the westfield bricton football player who is intensive care???

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