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Department of Taxation and Finance

RPTAC EQUALIZATION SUBCOMMITTEE

MINUTES
MEETING OF WEDNESDAY APRIL 5, 2000
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; MANLIUS TOWN HALL

 ATTENDING:

 Assessors: Val Martins, Roger Tibbetts

 County Directors: Tom Bloodgood, Paul Burckard, Rick Dean, Bob Diener

 ORPS: Tim Maher, Jim O'Keeffe, JoAnn Whalen (Recorder), Dave Williams

OPENING BUSINESS/GENERAL:

The meeting opened with considerable discussion about deregulation, decreasing values of generating facilities and the impact on the rates.  Sullivan County and the Town of Lumberland situation-generating facility with a significant reduction in full value according to ORPS-which had been the focal point of the previous day's State Board meeting-were the lead in for the wide ranging discussion.  Paul Burckard distributed the county comparison report showing the percent change in full value estimate as background data for the discussion. The two areas of concern are tax shifts and the supportability of the market values.

Within the discussion, there was much discussion about the use of and advantage of the use of current rates versus the use of year old rates or special rates for the current year apportionment process.  Current rates are especially significant in towns doing current year reassessments. Rick Dean presented a Wyoming Co. resolution requesting that the county be included in the current rate process.  He also reported that the Western Region had committed to having 2000 rates final in time for the 2000 school and subsequent 2001 county apportionment for almost the entire region.   

TRENDING APPLICATIONS-EQUALIZATION: 

Dave Williams led a discussion and presentation of techniques from the Almy/Gloudemans trending report regarding aggregate value analysis.  MRA techniques, local involvement, sales verification, RPS restrictions, SPSS use, county government responsibilities etc. were part of a wide ranging exhibition.  

2000 RATES and BEYOND:        

            We made a start in discussing future equalization direction, much of which was also covered in the opening segment.  A strong sentiment was expressed that the towns not doing anything could not be advantaged.  For non reassessment assessing units there was discussion about alternative ways for ORPS to determine the level of assessment such as the verification wherever possible of the stated uniform level on the current roll-now required to be entered on the tentative roll, and the establishment by the year 2004 of current rates for current rolls in every assessing unit.  ORPS had finalized 24 1999 rates in time for their use in the 1999 school apportionment and had a goal of 50 current rates/current for the 2000 rates but present data indicates that we should finalize about 450-primarily in the Western and Central regions.  This topic requires more time and discussion.        

WRAP-UP/NEXT STEPS:

            Next meeting Wednesday June 21, 2000 from 10-3 in Manlius.  Proposed topics:  Trending-the other classes and how it all works; legislation; utility situation; 2000 current rates; FVM alternatives for non reassessments.

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