PORT HENRY - Assessments are a hot topic for many, but few people in the town of Moriah seem willing to do anything about them.
The town has three vacancies on its board of assessment review. That leaves the five-member board without a quorum and unable to meet.
Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said the town has advertised the vacancies three weeks and no one has submitted an application to serve.
"With all the interest in assessments it's hard to believe no one will serve on the board of assessment review," Scozzafava said.
The board of assessment review guarantees the rights of the taxpayer by hearing claims pertaining to fair and impartial assessment values. Residents who disagree with their assessments have the right to appeal to the board of assessment review, which has the power to lower values.
The five member board serves without compensation and is appointed by the town board.
Scozzafava said it would be improper for the town board to recruit members to the board of assessment review, but trustees will welcome any and all applications from interested people.
"If any one is interested in construction or real estate please send a letter to the town board," Scozzafava implored.
If Moriah can not fill the vacancies on its board of assessment review local appeals will be heard by the Essex County Real Property tax Office.
The board of assessment review typically hears cases during the annual Grievance Day in May.