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Buffalo has a new assessment and taxation commissioner

Jason C. Shell, who has worked for the City of Buffalo since 2008, was sworn in Tuesday as the commissioner of assessment and taxation.

Shell, who was nominated by Mayor Byron W. Brown, Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams and Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen, replaces Martin F. Kennedy, who recently retired after a nearly 30-year career in city government.

Shell will oversee the final stages of full implementation of the citywide reassessment.

In July, property owners will begin receiving impact notices based on the new assessments, and revaluation numbers are expected to become final in March 2020.

Shell has served in the Brown administration in various positions – including administrator and deputy commissioner of buildings and energy management in the Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets and quality of life program manager for the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency.

His salary as administrator was $82,017, according to city records. The base salary for the commissioner position is $110,345.

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