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City of Tonawanda expected to approve reassessment of 6,000 properties

The City of Tonawanda is expected to approve a plan to begin an updated reassessment of 6,000 properties in the city.

City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis said the city has been regularly updating its assessments every five years. He said this will be the city's third reassessment using the five-year cycle.

City Assessor Judy Tafelski has recommended, when the Common Council meets Tuesday night, that it hire Emminger, Newton, Pegeon and Magyar Inc. at a cost of $110,000 to conduct the reassessment, which would begin immediately and be completed by June 2018.

State aid will cover almost 30 percent of the costs, said Davis.

"When we did the first reassessment, a little under 15 years ago, it was the first one we had done in years," said Davis. He said some homes were vastly overassessed and other were vastly underassessed. Davis said the city has been able to maintain consistency by doing assessments on a regular basis.

He said Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger is a partner in Emminger, Newton, Pegeon and Magyar Inc., which was the lowest bidder for the contract. This will be the third time the city has selected Emminger's company for the reassessment.

"The last two times their price blew everyone else out of the water by a long shot," said Davis of Emminger's selection.

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