Guilford To Undergo Property Assessment Revaluation

By: Melissa Stagnaro

GUILFORD – On February 10, the Guilford Town Board unanimously adopted a resolution in support of a town-wide real property update and assessment revaluation. The resolution directs the assessor to complete the work and further clears the way for the town to pursue partial financial reimbursement from the New York State Office of Real Property Services.

According to Guilford Assessor Susan McIntyre, the last time Guilford did a town-wide adjustment to its assessment rolls was in 1993.

“Over time, property values have changed substantially, both increasing and decreasing in value,” she explained. “This resolution allows us to bring back accuracy and equity to our assessment roll, so that our property owners can be assured that the tax burden is being fairly distributed across the entire town.”

According to McIntyre, work has already started with the inventorying of all properties in the town. Each property is being visited, updated digital photos taken, and the grade and condition of all land and structures is being recorded. Starting in the summer of 2010, all property owners will receive a formal written data mailer listing the information gathered during the inventory process.

“It’s very important that property owners review the information on the data mailer and notify our office if there are any errors,” she explained. “It is critical that the information we have be accurate and the property owner's input is vital to the success of this.”

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