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All Properties in City of Troy to be Reassessed

"In an effort to assign the correct value to properties throughout
Troy, the city has adopted a resolution that will revalue all of its properties during the next 18 months.

Troy has tapped GAR Associates, Inc. as the city’s contractor, which will work hand in hand with city assessor Tina Dimitriadis to create fair and equitable property assessments at full market value.

Phase one of the project will begin this month, when inventory surveys are mailed to all residential and commercial property owners.

In September, and continuing over the next 18 months, representatives from GAR will inspect all properties within city limits. Exterior inspections will be performed, and interior inspections will be attempted, with permission from the property owner. Crews may use laser measuring devices and digital cameras to collect data, including taking exterior photos of the property.

GAR staff members will be in constant contact with the city regarding the inspection schedule, and all will have identification on them during field inspections. The assessment office and local police agencies will have a vehicle list of all staff members.

To keep property owners informed throughout the project, GAR will host a series of workshops for property owners, the first of which will take place from August 21 through August 26. Reservations are required, and seating is limited, though additional classes may be added if demand is high enough.

To register, call 1-866-910-1776, or visit
http://appointments.garappraisal.com."

The Record
August 2010

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GAR signs contract with the Town of Pleasant Valley in Dutchess County to assist in the town wide reassessment.
 
Pleasant Valley Preps for Property Revaluations
 
"For the first time in 16 years, the whole town is getting a revaluation. Property owners in Pleasant Valley will soon receive inventory surveys in the mail that they must fill out and return. GAR Associates Inc., an Albany-based real estate appraisal firm hired by the town, is to mail the surveys.
 
In recent years, a number of cities, towns and villages have undertaken revaluations. Of the 32 towns, villages and cities in Dutchess County, only six municipalities have equalization rates below Pleasant Valley's 53 percent, according to 2009 data from the state Office of Real Property Services. Keeping assessments at 100 percent ensures the property will be valued at or near the market value. This allows for a more equitable distribution of the tax burden, officials say.
 
The town and GAR are asking property owners for assistance in completing the information on the survey, said Sheri Casabella, GAR project coordinator. In May, GAR staff members will begin inspecting the exterior of homes, collecting the data to be used in new appraisals. They will use laser measuring devices and take digital photographs of the exteriors.
 
This year, the Town Board adopted a resolution to revalue all the properties in town in an effort to create fair and equitable property assessments at 100 percent of market value for the 2011 tax roll. "It was past due," said Pleasant Valley Supervisor John McNair, a Republican. "Now that the property values have seemed to hit bottom, timing in life is everything."
 
Town Assessor Teresa Stegner said GAR staff would not ask to enter residents' homes. Homeowners, she said, can request staff to come inside. But Town Councilman Christopher Hart, a Republican, is recommending residents, especially seniors, not invite anyone inside.
 
The Town Board voted in February to hire GAR at a maximum cost of $275,000. The board opted to borrow the money and pay back the loan over several years. This is intended to avoid a spike in the the town tax rate that would result from paying off the entire loan in one year. "That helps us maintain our town budget over the next few years," Hart said.
 
Pleasant Valley last had a townwide revaluation of all properties in 1994. The town currently has an equalization rate of 52 percent, which indicates that the assessed values of most properties are just over half the market value.
 
GAR staff will have proper identification on them during the field inspections, Casabella said. The Town Assessor's Office and local police agencies would have a list of all vehicles being used by staff members. Stegner said she would also be in the field, collecting data for the reassessment. As part of the effort to keep property owners informed throughout the project, GAR and the assessor will hold two public workshops this month. These will be the first of a series of workshops."
 
Poughkeepsie Journal
May 2010
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