SHERIDAN - A new assessor is currently being sought within the town of Sheridan.
Supervisor Louis Delmonte announced at Monday's Sheridan Town Board workshop that current assessor Anthony Porpiglia will soon be resigning due to other work commitments at his second job, where he is a cook.
"He's having some personal issues at his other job. There's actually two head cooks who do that job out there and the other one is retiring and they're not filling that position so it's all going to be dumped on Tony," Delmonte said. "He doesn't want to get us in a position where it's going to hurt us or cause us some problems, so he just thought it was best if he left."
Porpiglia became Sheridan's assessor less than a year ago to fill out a partial term. He was reappointed at a prior town board meeting a few months ago. Delmonte said the resignation will most likely be accepted at the next town board meeting on Thursday, pending a formal letter.
During the workshop, newly appointed Leon Town Assessor Dennis Fisher offered to take Porpiglia's place as Sheridan's assessor.
"I went for a two hour tour of the town prior to this meeting," he said. "I'd also like to give you my perspective, from the outside, on what the town looks like."
Fisher said given Sheridan's current equalization rate of 70 percent, the town is in good shape for one that has not had a revaluation in some time.
"You still have good uniformity in your assessments," he said. "In other words, those assessments are still at a pretty fair base upon which to apportion taxes for the town's people, whether it's county or school or town taxes."
Fisher offered a starting salary of around $15,000, or about $6.50 per parcel, if he is to take the job with the town. According to the current town budget, Porpiglia's salary is $10,900.
"The overall average in Chautauqua County is about $8.50 per parcel that townships pay their assessors on an annual basis," Fisher said. "I wouldn't be looking for that. I recently retired from the state after 35 years and I'm really looking for part-time, post-retirement work. If I were to be the successful candidate for the assessor here in Sheridan, I think I'd be probably about the fourth one you've had in the last five years, if I'm correct."
However, despite calling Fisher "overqualified" for the position, the town board did not immediately accept his proposed starting salary due to an already tight budget for next year.
"The real concern is something like worker's compensation, which has already increased $11,500, that we don't even get to talk about. You just have to pay it," Delmonte said. "I don't want to jump at (Fisher's $15,000) right away. I mean, that's a big lift. If we have an interest in him, then we have an interest in him and we come back with a counter-offer."
"This guy sounds like he wants to do the job, it's just everything is piling up this year," Councilman Richard Feinen said.
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