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Supervisor raises concern over centralized assessment

Hanover Supervisor Kathy Tampio on Monday asked two Chautauqua County legislators to take her concerns about centralized property tax assessment back to the county lawmakers.

At the regular meeting of the Hanover Town Board, the supervisor made the request to Legislators David Wilder, D-Silver Creek, and Jerry Park, R-Forestville.

Tampio said she had concerns about the costs to get a countywide assessment program started, and she was also at odds with the idea of sharing the cost for communities that are not near 100 percent of value.

"My own [criterion] for consolidation of services is will it be an efficiency that saves money, and this fails," she said.

Wilder said he is inclined to agree the job should be done by county employees. He said a committee is being formed to study the situation. He said that in the long run he feels there are advantages to a countywide program, including quicker reductions in assessments of abandoned properties and more cooperation with building inspectors.

Park is less committed to the countywide assessment idea that was the topic of a recent New York State study. He said there are several phases of the survey and some ideas such as a countywide data base have merit.
"The survey may have been slanted," said Park.

He said there are discrepancies about the number of county employees it would take to manage an assessment program.

The Town of Hanover provides assessment for the villages of Silver Creek and Forestville, which are within the town.

In another matter, a concerned resident asked about the former motel on Routes 5 and 20 that is in a state of partial demolition. Tampio said the demolition project was halted because a state Department of Labor representative cited the owner for a violation of labor laws regarding work in areas where asbestos is present.

Tampio said the owner plans to continue demolition. She said he was granted a permit to start the project and was legally under way when state labor inspectors went to the site.

The supervisor said that local laws did not govern asbestos abatement for demolition projects and that the demolition permit was legally issued. Work is expected to resume after proper work site precautions are in place.

The board unanimously passed a local law that will place strict guidelines on water connections. The new law was the topic of a public hearing Monday. According to Hanover Water and Sewer Superintendent Harold Anger, any new connection that cross-connects another water supply would require county or state health department approval.

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