Westport Supervisor Dan Connell and Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley have been discussing their options as the three towns have been working together as a sole assessing municipality.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
continued “Westport is the lead town in the CAP and is the employer of the assessor,” Connell said. “Willsboro could not hire the assessor under the CAP, it had to be Westport. Anyway you look at this, they withdrew.”
Hatch said by keeping Galarneau, his town was the one still in the CAP.
“We were satisfied with the assessor,” Hatch said. “Westport and Elizabethtown chose to leave. All of our towns are at 100 percent equalization rate. We are satisfied. If they want to go, I am not going to argue with them. We did not ask to go.”
“This has nothing to do with the assessor, this has to do with the CAP,” Connell replied. “Willsboro decided that they did not want to take the chance that (Galarneau) was not going to get hired and hired him, dropping out of the CAP.”
After seeing the minutes and resolutions provided by Connell, supervisors voted 16-1 in favor of the two towns hiring a county assessor, with Hatch voting no and Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava absent.
“It appears that leaving the CAP is by default, not by resolution,” Newcomb Supervisor George Canon said.
“What I am voting on today is these two towns to go with the county,” Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said. “Mr. Hatch can vote however he wants. I do support this resolution today because two of my colleagues asked to go with the county.”
“I guess it was clear from the beginning that if a town wanted to get out, it was there prerogative to do so,” North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said. “From what I have heard, Mr. Hatch has made it clear that he does not want to stay.”
“It’s up to the town of Willsboro to work it out with the state of New York as far as penalties go,” board chairman and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas said.
Hatch again stated he felt it was Willsboro that was keeping within the CAP.
“They wanted to leave because they did not want to keep Mr. Galarneau,” Hatch said. “We said no. My position with the state is that we did not want to get out; you are kicking us out. We want to stay. They do not because they do not like the assessor.”