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Amherst sees few challenges to its new assessments

Up to 10 percent of Amherst's 44,000 property owners were expected to challenge their new assessments in the townwide re-evaluation underway now.

But two weeks after receiving their new assessments in letters from the town, only 1.7 percent of owners have initiated challenges, Town Assessor David C. Marrano said.

There are 642 informal review appointments scheduled and 113 mail-in reviews, Marrano told the Town Board during its afternoon work session.

"We haven't had the demand we anticipated," he said.

Monday was the first day of informal challenges at the Getzville Fire Hall.

"The public has been very professional in understanding what we did, and if they have an issue they're following the process to challenge it," Marrano said.

Friday is the last day to schedule an informal assessment review appointment by calling 866-910-1776 or online at garappointments.garappraisal.com. Mail-in challenges must be received by the Assessor's Office by April 21. Notices informing property owners of the results of their challenges will be mailed out in the first week of May.

To assist property owners without access to the challenge resources available online, a printed list of every street in the town with basic information about each house in each neighborhood code has been made available in the Supervisor's Office and Assessor's Office in Town Hall, 5583 Main St.

The list includes square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms along with the 2017 assessment amounts.

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