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Department of Taxation and Finance

RPTAC EQUALIZATION SUBCOMMITTEE

Minutes
MEETING OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 1998
10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.; MANLIUS TOWN HALL

ATTENDING:

Assessors: B. Bounds, V. Martins, and R. Tibbetts

County Directors: T. Bloodgood, S. Dorsey, T. Flynn

ORPS: C. Aviza, J. Harkin (Facilitator), J. O'Keeffe, J. Whalen (Recorder),

and D. Williams

Utility Company: Lew Gammon (NiMo)

VILLAGE/CITY/TOWN PROCEDURES 1998 Rates

Proposed procedures had been mailed to members prior to the meeting for their review and comments. There was considerable discussion around village procedures which are unchanged over ten years but people did not know what they were. Village rates are needed for only 200 - 250 village assessing units and rates are calculated from town full value measurement results. Village rates are used for special franchise and tax/debt limits. Issuance of rates for villages was questioned and a suggestion that this might be a place to find some savings and efficiencies.

1998 Rates will have a rate full value standard of 1/1/97 with 1996 market value survey aggregate class results adjusted to 1/1/97.

Discussion moved to 1998 market value survey procedures generally and the proposal that the 1999 rates may use the 1998 aggregate class results adjusted to a 1/1/99 rate valuation standard.

AGGREGATE ADJUSTMENT DETERMINATION

Chuck Aviza led a discussion around status of regional meetings and process used to determine final recommended aggregate adjustments to reflect the 1/1/97 rate valuation standard. Some assessors had not been contacted at all. Some meetings were held the same week as Cornell which prevented assessors from attending. Focus is on aggregate class adjustment with attention to parcel type make-up of the class.

ACHIEVING/SUSTAINING EQUITY REASSESSMENTS

Jim O'Keeffe presented the historical perspective and discussed the legal decisions and our 10 Op. Counsel SBRPS No. 60 which had been distributed previously to team members. Also discussed was recent signed legislation, Chapter 319 and ORPS' reassessment policy.

Also distributed and discussed were IAAO reassessment standards. There was considerable discussion around the barriers to achieving and sustaining equity but overall agreement that equity achieved and sustained at the local assessing unit level is the appropriate goal. A major barrier indicated was the usefulness of PC Valuation. This issue needs to be expanded upon and improved.

GENERAL

  • Paper submitted for IAAO award consideration and Tom Griffen's presentation was distributed. Copies will be provided to members not in attendance. The paper is also available on ORPS website: http://www.orps.state.ny.us/ess/iaao/nyfvmpgm.htm
  • Attendance: Concern was expressed over the low attendance. JoAnn agreed to remind and poll members close to meeting dates. 

  • Tom Flynn announced his upcoming retirement and Tom Bloodgood's designation as the county director's leader. Much thanks again to Tom for his time and dedication to this group.

NEXT MEETING:

It was determined that the meeting originally be held on Tuesday, October 20 in Manlius, BUT, due to a State Board meeting scheduled for the same date, it has been changed to _______________ at the Manlius Town Hall.

PROPOSED AGENDA:

WHAT HOW RESULTS WHO WHEN
Review Agenda;

Get Organized

Discussion Agreement John 10:00 - 10:10
1998 Survey Procedures/Rates Discussion Understanding Dave 10:10 - 11:30
Rules Package Discussion Understanding Jim 11:30 - 12:15
LUNCH 12:15 - 12:45
Reassessment Policy Discussion Understanding JoAnn 12:45 - 2:45
Wrap-up; Next Steps Discussion Agreement JoAnn 2:45 - 3:00
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