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Forum discusses assessors

"Going to a sole assessor could bring a savings to the town of as much as $25,000," she said. "There is no procedure for voting anyone out of office other than voting someone into office, which voters would have the opportunity to do."

Other supervisors side with Kosmider. In letters, Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas praised the sole assessor system.

Ferebee said a sole assessor saves money, allows for better communication and creates more accurate assessments.

Galarneau said assessing is a difficult job whether the assessor is appointed or elected.

"You have the state looking over your shoulder; they put a lot of heat on us," he said. "And you are always working to be fair even when some people don't appreciate it."

Assessments practices are set by the state and are the same for appointed and elected assessors, Rowe said.

"The (state) Office of Real Property sets the standards and all assessors must meet them," he said.

Much of the meeting was dominated by questions relating to assessment practices and not relevant to the question of appointed vs. elected assessors.

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