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Rye Town Assessor on How to Review Assessments

Editor's Note: Main Street Connect, with the approval of Mr. Markowitz, has edited th e content of this letter for the purposes of length.

To the Editor:

This week all property owners in the Town of Rye were mailed Preliminary Assessment Notices of their proposed 2012 assessment. The Town is fully committed to getting its data and values correct and I would like to outline upcoming activities to insure fairness and equity for all residents.

The notice provides information on two important items: the proposed value of your property and; a description of your property characteristics.

The preliminary 2012 assessment will appear on the June 1, 2012 Tentative Assessment Roll. This assessment represents 100% of the market value of the property as of July 1, 2011.

If you feel that the assessment does not reflect the market value of your property as of July 1, 2011, you may make an appointment to review your information with a representative of Vision Government Solutions. Call (888) 844-4300 to set up an appointment.

It is important that Rye Town property owners understand that this is an extraordinary and additional step we have added to the process, which most municipalities do not undertake, to insure equity, accuracy, and fairness. We are determined to see that every property valuation is correct.

If you are satisfied that the assessment is fair and equitable after completion of the informal hearing process with Vision Government Solutions you need not take any formal action.

On or before June 1, notices will be mailed to property owners informing them of their Preliminary 2012 Assessment.

Please note that Grievance Day is June 19, 2012.  The preliminary notice incorrectly stated Grievance Day as June 21, 2012.

Property inventory information is listed on the back of the Preliminary Assessment Notice. If you disagree with the information listed, please contact the Assessor’s office for an inspection or schedule an appointment to review your information with Vision as described above.

I encourage all owners to review their property data on the Vision Government Solutions web site . This site will allow inquiry access to the Assessor’s database, including value summary, property data, and general revaluation information.

The preliminary assessment may not include recent permit/renovation work, which may impact your assessed value. Should the preliminary assessment change you will receive a Change of Assessment notice on or about June 1, 2012.

Please note that your assessor and the BAR (Board of Assessment Review) can only review your assessed value. They do not set and cannot adjust your taxes. If you feel that your assessment is fair but your taxes are too high, your comments should be addressed to the appropriate taxing jurisdiction.

Additional information can be viewed on the Town of Rye Website .

We are fully committed to working hard to get each and every valuation correct in an effort to insure integrity and equity in our assessment roll.

Sincerely,

Mitchell Markowitz,

Assessor

Town of Rye

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