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Property reassessments nearly complete

FARMERSVILLE -- Town Assessor Kay Reynolds informed members of the Farmersville Town Board during Monday night's meeting that 95 percent of the assessment data has been collected in the townwide property revaluation project.

The revaluation will correct information for about 1,500 parcels to reflect 100 percent value.

In recent years, values slipped and properties values now vary from a range of 37 percent to 112 percent. A few parcels have improvements that have never been taxed because building permits were not issued.

The project is to be completed in time for the July 2008 assessment roll and will position the town for state aid to maintain the properties at full value.

Reynolds said data for about 80 properties has not yet been obtained due to gated entrances or warning signs, and she is seeking permission to enter and gather information by sending letters to those owners.

Owners who deny access will see their assessments calculated by sight, or using aerial photos, satellite images and other information available through geographic information systems.

The collected data was recently turned over to the Cattaraugus County Real Property Tax Services Department to be transferred into the county's system, Reynolds said.

Property owners will be invited to a public information session in September and additional public meetings will be held in January or February.

During the meeting, board members voted to reappoint Reynolds as town assessor.

In another matter, a 30-day extension was granted to Charles Wright of Reynolds Road, who was cited for violations of the Outdoor Storage of Junk Vehicles and Waste Materials law, which was updated last December.

Wright said he has begun enclosing his junkyard with a fence and cleaning up the area, but needs the extension from the board so he can renew his town junkyard license and be in compliance with the updated law.

Also, the board has not yet resumed discussions about the state 2006 Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, which was tabled in May for review by the town attorney James I. McAuley.

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