Assessment firm to begin collecting data

TUPPER LAKE - A representative from the KLW Assessment Firm told the Tupper Lake Town Board he expects data collection for the 2011 reassessment to begin in the coming weeks.

Speaking at the May 11 meeting of the town council, Robert Koszarek said he will begin working with the assessor's office on the three-year reassessment project later this month.

"My partners, staff as well as I are very excited to start this project," Koszarek said. "We look forward to working with the town and the assessor's office over the next couple years to do a full data collection and reassessment of the whole town."

A mailer will be sent to town property owners within the next week, and public notices will be filed with area newspapers to explain the details of data collection.

By the end of May, a real estate appraiser will begin traveling door-to-door to collect information. The process is voluntary.

"Homeowners do not have to participate," Koszarek said. "They can ask us to leave and we can go off of current records."

However, Koszarek said they prefer to start data collection with a clean slate rather than use current or past records.

"We like to start from scratch, fresh, and not do that and interview every homeowner," he said. "For those that aren't home, we'll leave a card, we'll go back either on an evening or a weekend to try and contact them. We'll also leave a phone number for them to call to contact us to schedule a time to come out."

The process of data collection involves an interior inspection or an exterior-only inspection with an interview of the homeowner. The firm also measures decks and any exterior attachments to the home, such as barns, garages or sheds.

"We also gather information about the quality of the material used to construct the home," Koszarek added.

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