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Part-time assessors will be done at end of year

November 9, 2011

The voters have spoken and decided it was time to cut back a little in the assessors office in the city of Dunkirk.

A proposition on the ballot posed the question: "Should the city of Dunkirk abolish the two part-time elected assessors positions as of Dec. 31, 2011?"

The answer was yes by over 1,300 votes, 2,031 to 670.

The current part-time assessors, Mark Wisniewski and Anthony D. Porpiglia, were both re-elected but will be out of a position at year's end. Wisniewski totaled 2,080 votes with Porpiglia receiving the support of 2,158 voters.

Both the current clerk of the board, Thomas Mleczko, and his predecessor, Andrew Woloszyn, were in support of the consolidation. All the candidates running for other city offices also supported the change, although a few called for waiting until 2014, giving the incumbents two more years to do a job most agreed was not needed.

The vote requires the City Charter and City Code to change to reflect the abolition of the part-time assessors.

There was some concern expressed prior to the election that the assessment duties will now be in the hands of one person but property taxpayers still have the same option to challenge their assessment as before; the Board of Assessment Review.

"The Board of Assessment Review shall meet annually to hear complaints as to assessments in the City of Dunkirk on the first Tuesday in June and so many days thereafter as the Board of Assessment Review deems necessary," the City Charter states.

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