B y Jaime Thomas
About eight months after discarding the idea of revaluation in Hebron, the Town Board voted Monday night to go ahead with the process.
Last spring, Town Assessor Victoria Hayner held an informational meeting regarding revaluation, which she recommended for the town. At the April meeting, Hayner said the state generally recommends the process every five years; additionally, she said she felt Hebron’s rates are off.
“In looking over things, the biggest thing I feel is that land values in the town seem to be inflated,” she said.
But several weeks later, there wasn’t even a resolution to vote on at a board meeting, so Supervisor Brian Campbell said the town would wait.
When Hayner asked if she could speak at Monday’s meeting, Campbell said he was glad to hear her findings.
“Basically, we’ll come in at 8 to 11 percent what the state says our equalization rate is,” he said. Therefore, residents will pay higher taxes.
“In order to fix that you have to have a full-blown reval,” Campbell said. He said he was surprised, but pleased that the board, who completely nixed the idea in the spring, was all for it after hearing Hayner’s presentation.
“Now you have concrete evidence. After they heard the numbers, they said, “We see where it’s headed, this is a problem, let’s fix it now,’” Campbell said.
Hayner will start the two-year project this spring, and her cost will be about $31,000 between this year and next.
“I’m glad the board decided to be proactive,” Campbell said.
Residents will see changes on their 2015 school taxes and their 2016 town taxes.
The regular meeting followed the town’s organizational meeting, in which a number of annual resolutions were passed.
The Granville Sentinel and Greenwich Journal were named Hebron’s official newspapers, and Glens Falls National is its official bank.
Everyone in paid town positions received a 2 percent raise, and most positions remained the same.
Dorothy Worthington is once again registrar, with Kathy Van Alstyne as her deputy. Brian Campbell is the town’s budget officer, Dorothy Worthington is the fixed assets officer and Lois Jasek is the dog control officer.
Don Coldwell will serve as manufactured home inspector, while Harold Craig will serve as town historian. The town attorney is Miller, Mannix, Schafner and Hafner, Joel Allen is the deputy highway superintendent and Virginia Curran is the justice court clerk.
Campbell makes $7,147, and Highway Superintendent Floyd Pratt makes $40,851. The town clerk earns $12,476, and the registrar of vital statistics gets $332. The town’s judge makes $5,202, and town board members make $985 each.
The supervisor’s clerk, Sandra Huffer, earns $6,707 annually, while the budget officer makes $435. The planning board secretary makes $1,551, the dog control officer makes $2,500 and the mobile home inspector makes $2,328. The town historian earns $175 per year, the assessor earns $22,750 and the court clerk makes $3,481.
The next regular town board meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.