Assessor wants reval to be “fair and equitable” for all

GREENE – Walk into the conference room outside assessor Gloria Micha’s second floor office and you’ll be greeted by a long table loaded with thick binders. In these volumes are the tax assessments of each one of the 3,180 parcels in the Town and Village of Greene. The former real estate broker is intimately acquainted with each, having spent the last year reassessing and revaluing every last one of them.

Micha has paid a lot of attention to acreage, square footage and additions, like garages and barns. But she isn’t concerned with who owns what or lives where.

“I don’t care,” she said, maintaining that everyone was treated the same in the revaluation. Her goal throughout the process has been to establish a “fair and equitable (property tax) roll for all” town and village property owners.

Recognizing that people are upset by the very idea of a reassessment, she has endeavored to make the process as transparent as possible and operated under the belief that the more people know, the less they will be upset.

To prove it, the assessor invites residents to come in and look up not only their own assessment, but those of their neighbors as well.

“I’m not hiding anything,” Micha said.

Her full disclosure philosophy extends to the information included in the revaluation notices to be sent out at the end of this month. With their reassessment, property owners will receive a copy of the land schedule she used, created from three years of closed sales. They will also get a list of comparable properties in the area which sold within that same time period.

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