Arietta is studying assessments


Express News Staff

ARIETTA — When the Arietta Town Board met on March 4, unpaid consulting assessor Jim Basile talked to the board about the reappraisal that the Town is due for in 2014.

He said it is not required but it may be a good idea so that the assessment doesn’t get too far under or over valued.

Basile said the state of NY says the Town’s assessment is slightly overvalued right now. He said that if the Town wants to do a reappraisal, there is a software program called Vision that works very well for the appraisal process and it will tie up with the RPS system that the County uses.

Basile said that if enough towns’s were interested in possibly purchasing the software, the company would come here and do a demonstration.

Basile said the Vision software has the ability to export HTML files so that in theory if the Town changed their software in the future, the information should be able to be imported into any other software.

Supervisor Rick Wilt asked Basile to get back to him with a cost for the software.

For the Airport Committee, Wilt reported that the engineering firm and the FAA have been pushing the Town to apply for another grant. But Wilt said he wasn’t interested at this time.

Speaking for the Snowmobile Committee, Councilman Michael Knapp reported that all of the machines used to groom trails are running grooming now.

The final action of the meeting occurred when the board agreed with Wilt to hold a special meeting on March 18 to go over the employee handbook and any other Town business that may come up.

Note: This report was based upon meeting minutes provided by Town Clerk Kenneth Parslow.