NEWS STAFF REPORTER
The Cheektowaga Town Board approved a new intermunicipal agreement Monday night for an assessor – sharing the same person with a different municipality.
Lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution to appoint Jeneen Lomando-McSkimming as the sole assessor. Her six-year term runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2019, and the resolution exempts the Evans resident from Cheektowaga’s residency requirement during that time.
Since February 2010, McSkimming has split her time between Cheektowaga and the Town of Boston. That agreement expires at the end of next month.
“I will not be with Boston anymore,” said McSkimming, who attended Monday’s meeting.
She will work part time for the Town of Evans, where lawmakers approved a shared services agreement earlier this month.
There was community opposition to the proposed reappointment of Jeanne C. Ebersole as the Evans assessor. A former real estate agent and Erie County legislator, she was paid $57,140 annually as assessor.
According to Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Mary F. Holtz, Cheektowaga will pay McSkimming about a $50,000 annual salary, with benefits totaling another $20,000. The Town of Evans will pay Cheektowaga $50,520 a year, in quarterly installments.
Holtz said the agreement with the Town of Boston had saved Cheektowaga more than $50,000 a year.
“The assessment process probably is the most misunderstood process in town government,” said Council Member Stanley J. Kaznowski III. “Our job is to hire a qualified assessor who knows the laws of New York State.
McSkimming “has done a good job over the first term,” Kaznowski continued. “Our job is to make that position user-friendly. I think Jeneen has done that.”