Ti property revaluation complete

Ticonderoga's values are based strictly on comparable sales within Ticonderoga, Osier said.

Nationally home values have dropped 14 percent during the recession, Osier said, but Essex County is an exception to the national trend.

"Our county is an exception to the rest of the country," she said. "Our home values are not decreasing. In fact, they're increasing."

Residents who disagree with their assessment or who have questions are encouraged to call Osier. Contact information is included in the tax assessment impact notices.

"If someone has a problem I want them to call or come see me," Osier said. "I'm willing to meet with anyone and explain the process. Maybe there's a mistake in the data. If so, let me know and I'll change it."

After meeting with Osier, people who still disagree with their assessment can go to Grievance Day and appeal to the assessment board of review. Information on Grievance Day procedures is also available in the tax assessment impact notices.

"I know a lot of people are afraid of revaluation," Osier said. "They need to remember the goal is to have all land valued fairly so everyone pays their fair share of taxes.

"Increased assessments don't mean higher taxes," she added. "Higher taxes are caused by higher budgets. That's something people need to address with their (town, county, school) boards."

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