Whitehall Town Board to hold public hearing on first law of 2014

B y Lee Tugas

Weather permitting, the Whitehall Town Board will soon put up for public hearing its first law of 2014.

“Local Law Number 1 of 2014” would establish an “alternative date for meetings of the Board of Assessment Review.”

The town board hopes to have met this Wednesday, March 12 at 7. If the board has met, it will put the law up for public hearing, Town Clerk Julie Millet said.

But Millet is not taking any chances. As she handed over a copy of the proposed law, she was on the phone with a town official who was worried about the heavy snowstorm predicted for Wednesday and Thursday.

In case the storm cancels the meeting, town officials, and village residents, can grab the gist of the proposed law by simply reading on:

“It is the purpose and intent of this local law to establish an alternative date for meetings of the Town’s Board of Assessment Review so as to allow the assessor to be present for meetings” of the Assessment Board of Review.

The Town of Whitehall employs a part-time sole assessor, who, according to the proposed law, “is in the simultaneous employ of two other assessing units” of the state. Because of those obligations, he often cannot be present at meetings of the Whitehall Board of Assessment Review.

In such a case as this, so that the assessor can be present, the state’s Real Property Tax Law permits a town to establish a meeting date for its Board of Assessment Review other than the fourth Tuesday of each May, according to Section 412 of state tax law.

Therefore, the proposed law, slated for public hearing, would propose that the meeting of the Whitehall Board of Assessment Review “shall take place on the first Wednesday in May, after the fourth Tuesday in May.”

The meeting shall continue for “so many days thereafter as the Board of Review deems necessary, for the purpose of hearing complaints in relation to assessment.”

That, according to its wording, is the change in “Local Law Number 1.”

All that stands between the proposed law and a public hearing is the weather for Wednesday and Thursday.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags:

Classifieds 01/28/14

Whitehall Marina, RV Park sold to new owners

DSC_0550

By Dan King The Whitehall Marina, restaurant and RV park have new owners. Bill Brina, owner of Dagon Enterprises, said […]

Culligan still wants to coach

Justin Culligan

By Dan King Despite being terminated as the varsity football coach, Justin Culligan still wants to coach in Whitehall. Culligan […]

Whitehall Winterfest on ice

Winterfest III

By Dan King One of Whitehall’s favorite annual events will be on hiatus this year – the Whitehall Winterfest, which […]

Community Heroin discussion at SUNY ADK

Residents of Warren and Washington Counties are invited to learn how heroin affects everyone in the community and discuss ways […]

Petitions available to run for village office

Potential candidates interested in running for public office have until Feb. 10 to submit their name for this March’s village […]

Cop: School district ‘as safe as can be’

By Dan King Despite some parents’ concerns, a Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy says Whitehall Central School is “as safe as […]

DeLorme’s 199 paces rifle club

Young Joe DeLorme has a career night, shooting a near perfect 199, including a 50 in the difficult standing position. […]

Cheerleaders to perform in competition

The Whitehall varsity cheerleaders will be performing in a cheer competition this weekend. Competition will begin at 10 a.m. on […]

Mayor LaRose to seek reelection

By Derek Liebig Granville Mayor Brian LaRose confirmed last week he will seek a second term in office, saying there […]

Rotary trivia night this weekend

The community’s brightest minds will compete Saturday to determine who has the greatest knowledge of trivia. The Granville Rotary Club […]

Girls’ upended at Hadley-Luzerne

Hadley-Luzerne (1-10, 2-11) cemented its first league win of the season, downing the Whitehall girls’ basketball team 49-27 last Friday. […]