Keene residents not happy with assessments

He also agreed with Piller, who said there are a lot of people in town who have been dealing with this.

Bramer refused to comment on the situation when contacted by the Valley News, but Town Supervisor Bill Ferebee said circumstances might have made the new assessor’s job particularily difficult this year.

“In her defense, she went through a flood and lost her building, along with all of her documentation,” Ferebee said, referring to the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene last summer.

Ferebee added that he thinks Bramer did a good job considering the amount of work she had to do, but that the town board is concerned she’s overloaded.

“She has a tough job, and she has three other towns to do,” Ferebee said.

Charli Lewis, director of Essex County Real Property Tax Services, said the goal of assessing properties is to determine how much they would sell for, a figure that is based in part on properties that have already sold.

“If you’re not happy with your assessment you go to grievance day, and if you’re still not satisfied you can move on to small claims court,” Lewis explained.

Grievance day is held annually the fourth Tuesday of May.

“There were only 63 grievances (this year), which accounts for 3 percent of the parcels in the town of Keene,” Lewis said.

Lewis added that, since data collecting for 2012 is finished, anyone who is not happy with their property value will have to wait for the next round of assessments in 2013 to file a grievance.

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