Hebron holds off on revaluation

B y Jaime Thomas

Several weeks after a special meeting addressing Hebron residents’ concerns about revaluation, the town board did not vote on the issue at a monthly meeting last Monday.

On Friday, Town Supervisor Brian Campbell said there was not even a resolution raised to go ahead with a revaluation, let alone a vote.

“It seems like everyone wanted to wait a year and see what happens, so that’s where it got left,” Campbell said. Town Clerk Dorothy Worthington said several people spoke up during the meeting expressing that they did not want to undergo a revaluation.

Campbell thought more people would have been for the process.

“It seemed like a lot more people wanted it than didn’t want it, but my councilmen believe they heard from people that weren’t in favor. I hadn’t heard much negativity at all,” Campbell said. The issue arose about a month after an informational meeting, when Town Assessor Victoria Hayner, described what the process would entail and answered questions.

During that time she said the timing was appropriate for a revaluation and that New York state generally recommends revaluation every five years. She also expressed that she feels Hebron’s rates are off.

With the lack of a vote Monday night, townspeople and government will now have a chance to mull the idea over for a while.

“For now it’s business as usual, and we’ll take a look at it again next year,” Campbell said.

Another issue raised by several residents at the meeting was that of travel trailers, which Worthington said are different from mobile homes. She said the original mobile home ordinance might now need to be tweaked.

“We do have a good mobile home ordinance; we don’t have a problem with that,” she said, adding that a number of people are making permanent residences out of the travel trailers. Though this concern is becoming a problem, she said, there is currently no law to stop it.

“With no provisions, we kind of have our hands tied,” she said. Town board members are going to study the ordinance and address it at next month’s meeting, on June 10 at 7:30 p.m.

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