PISECO - Properties within the Town of Arietta may be reassessed during 2014.
A reassessment is intended to bring parcels into line with their market value, so each property owner pays his or her fair share of taxes - no more and no less. Market value is established by the sale of similar properties.
James Basile of Basile Associates, Franklin, talked to the Arietta Town Board March 4 about the reappraisal the town is due for in 2014. He said it is not required, but may be a good idea so assessments don't get too far out of line with market value.
The state's Office of Real Property Tax Services says the town's assessments are currently below market value.
Superintendent of Highways William Parslow suggested auctioning the 2003 and the 2007 pickup trucks. He said they are getting to the point where they are costing a lot to keep running and the money from selling them could be used toward the cost of a new one in the future.
The board suggested putting them on the Auctions International website.
The town will purchase a one-ton, four-wheel drive 2013 pickup truck with an eight-foot plow, tow package, running boards, spray-in bedliner and revolving top light from Lee Pontiac Buick Inc., Boonville, for $30,635 plus $275 for an optional back rack. Lee was the high bidder of six, but he was the only one who could meet the delivery date.
Supervisor Rick Wilt says the town had two trucks down for 22 weeks. One is now running again, but the new truck is needed, he says.
"Two bidders did not meet the specifications and none of the bidders had the truck in stock," Wilt said. "Lee had to purchase it from another dealer."
Wilt said Lee was the only bidder willing to purchase the truck from another dealer; the others said it would cut too much into their profit. "The price on the lot is $40,000," he added.
NEW FRIG COMING
With money available from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's "Buy Green, Save Green Rebates for New York State Local Governments" program, the Town Board has decided to apply for a grant to purchase a smaller refrigerator for the kitchen in Community Hall.
This would allow the large one to be off unless there is an event big enough that it is needed. The state will pay 75 percent of the cost of the refrigerator.
The rebates encourage small municipal governments to replace inefficient appliances and equipment with energy-efficient models.
In other business, G.A. Bove Fuels, Mechanicville, has been awarded the contract for providing the town with fuel oil and propane for 2013 for $0.25 per gallon markup over the average daily oil price in Albany the day of delivery. Bove was the only bidder.
The Town Board will next meet Monday, April 1, starting at 6 p.m. at Piseco Community Hall.