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Colton to hold multiple public information sessions ahead of property re-evaluations

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COLTON — For the first time in more than four decades, the town will be performing reassessments on all of its properties.

To help ease the process and educate all of the property owners in the area, the town will hold three public information sessions.

The first meeting is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at the South Colton Community Center, and there will be a 7 p.m. session the same day in the Colton-Pierrepont Central School cafeteria.

The final information session will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 12 in the school cafeteria.

“The reason we are doing the times that they are is we’re hoping to draw more seniors. We’re also hoping to get the people who work during the day to come to the night session and also some out-of-towners. It doesn’t have to work out that way, though. That’s just what we were thinking,” town Assessor Tina M. Miller said. “It will be the same session each time, so it is only necessary to attend one session.”

The town assessor’s office sent letters to all property owners in September breaking down the situation.

The reassessment will include an inspection of each property, “from the public right-of-way, or a physical inspection of the property (if necessary) and placing a fair and equitable market value (assessment) on each property. The purpose of the assessment program is to ensure that all properties in the town of Colton are assessed on a consistent, fair and equitable basis,” the letter said.

The data collection and evaluation process will be conducted by KLW Municipal Inc., Buffalo.

KLW also plans to have a representative at the public information sessions.

“They’re going to describe in detail what they’ll be doing, the processes between data collecting, what (the public) can expect as far as paperwork. There will be a question-and-answer portion as well,” Ms. Miller said. “I expect to have at most of the meetings a representative from (St. Lawrence) Real Property in Canton. I think he can get to two of them. There will also be a representative from” Colton-Pierrepont Central School.

According to the letter, KLW staff members began their work in mid-September by collecting demographic information on each property by attempting to inspect each parcel and its improvements. The field work in the property revaluations is scheduled to continue through July.

“I would say that the actual inspections of properties will begin immediately after the public information sessions conclude,” Ms. Miller said. “We will be talking about getting transportation for people who can’t get here themselves.”

Those with questions are directed to call Ms. Miller’s office at 262-2848.

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