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Reassessment done in Arietta

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Updated: 11:38 PM



PISECO -- Town of Arietta residents will be getting new assessments this year.

The 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, Oneonta, the firm that conducted the revaluation, told the Arietta Town Board March 3 that he did a ratio study of property values compared to sale prices during the past year. He found properties on the lake are mostly assessed fairly close to market value, while off-lake properties are low.

There will be a period when people can come in and ask questions or lodge complaints. Changes will be made if warranted.


Supervisor Rick Wilt reported that during the last few years he has been "cobbling up" the runway lights at Piseco Airport, and now they are so old he can't keep them working properly.

New units would cost about $20,000 per system and there is one on each end of the runway, he said, so the cost would be about $40,000.

He said the Federal Aviation Administration says it has grant money that would cover both engineering and replacement costs. Wilt said he was told the money will be there next year for the engineering, but the FAA didn't know if funding for replacement construction would also be available then.

The board voted to allow Wilt to pursue the matter with the FAA.


-- Frank Sczerzenie was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals effective March 1, to fill the position vacated when Barry Baker became a councilman. The term ends Dec. 31, 2017. Gary Avery was named ZBA chairman.

-- Councilwoman Christy Wilt reported golf lessons for youth are going to be $45 for four lessons and the season pass is $60. This would be $105 per child.

-- Three bids were received from firms interested in installing fueling upgrades at the airport, ranging from $29,500 to $39,319. They were accepted and turned over to engineering firm McFarland & Johnson for review.

The Arietta Town Board will next meet Monday, April 7, starting at 6 p.m. at Piseco Community Hall.

Note: This article is based on minutes of the Arietta Town Board meeting of March 3, 2014 as provided by Town Clerk Kenneth Parslow.


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