County hires real property tax director

NORWICH – Chenango County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard B. Decker has fulfilled a goal that he made for the county two years ago with the creation of a stand-alone real property tax department.

Announced just before Thanksgiving, well-known property assessor Steve Harris, 46, of Sherburne, was hired as the department’s director, effective Jan. 1. He will supervise a staff of four and report to the Finance Committee.

Decker, R-N. Norwich, has repeatedly asked town supervisors to streamline and reorganize assessment duties out from under the auspices of the treasurer’s department where they had been for nearly a decade. Real property tax services have been handled by part-time Assistant Director Donald MacIntosh, who stepped away from the post earlier this year.

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