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Property value quarrel divides Crown Point

Charges leveled against both sides

Signs in Crown Point call for the “gang of three” —Supervisor Bethany Kosmider and trustees Yvonne DuShane and Bob Patnode — to resign following their vote to eliminate the elected board of assessors in favor of a sole, appointed assessor.

Signs in Crown Point call for the “gang of three” —Supervisor Bethany Kosmider and trustees Yvonne DuShane and Bob Patnode — to resign following their vote to eliminate the elected board of assessors in favor of a sole, appointed assessor.

— Ross said the Mackay lot has a sharp cliff as it meets the lake and has limited access to the water, while the Reneau lot has full access to the lake. That access makes the Reneau lot more valuable, Ross said.

In another example of alleged unfair assessing cited by the Interested Taxpayers of Crown Point, a 110.8-acre lot owned by Ross is valued at $42,200, while a 21.5-acre lot owned by Fred Kainer is assessed at $25,700.

Ross pointed out his land is a wood lot, which is assessed at a different rate than residential property. Wood lot rates are set by the state, he said.

Ross pointed out Crown Point assessors recuse themselves when dealing with their own or family members’ property. Those values are assigned by the two remaining assessors.

Harvey doesn’t believe the explanations and has relayed these, and other, examples of what she feels are unfair assessments to the state attorney general’s office in Plattsburgh.

Glen Michaels of the attorney general’s office refused comment on any possible investigation.

Harvey claims she has no interest in local assessments other than justice. She acknowledged she has challenged her Crown Point assessment three times and had it was reduced each time — once in court, once by the town board of assessment review and once by assessors themselves.

“I don’t have anything against the assessors; everything has always worked out in my favor,” Harvey said. “My purpose in doing this is to get people interested. Most people don’t fully understand assessments and what they mean. We want people to get involved and ask questions.”

Harvey pointed out all town assessment rolls are available on the Essex County website — www.co.essex.ny.us/realproperty.asp. The local roll is also available in the assessors’ office in the town hall.

Ross said Crown Point assessors welcome the scrutiny.

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