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Data Collection Process to Start Next Month For Mamaroneck Town Revaluation

At Wednesday night's Town of Mamaroneck board meeting, an update for the town's large scale property revaluation was discussed.

After months of planning, the Town of Mamaroneck property revaluation is going full steam ahead.

GAR Associates—the Amherst, NY based real estate appraiser that the town awarded a contract to on Sept. 7 for $919,000—will begin their data collection on individual properties in December.  The process is expected to continue through June 2012.

The town also passed a resolution in September to, "pay the expense incurred in the employment of experts to appraise the value of real property in and for the Town,” which would put the project’s total cost in the neighborhood of $2.2 million.

For those unfamiliar with the process, GAR will concurrently be hosting a series of 11 public education workshops to guide residents through the complex process of revaluation. 

“The workshops are run like a school classroom with handouts and explanations,” said Town Administrator Steve Altieri.

Within the next two weeks, letters will be sent out to approximately 8,500 property owners in the town outlining the basics of the revaluation project and urging people to call and reserve a seat in the upcoming workshops.  The letter will also include a preliminary property inventory form to be completed by residents to aid the assessors in their data collection.

Once the collection process is completed, the valuation process will begin in August.  Residents will be sent their final value assessments in February 2013, according to the plan, and there will be another series of workshops in March to review and make sense of the revised assessments. The tentative roll of assessments will be filed in June.

For those that can’t make the workshops, both the first and second workshops will be televised by LMC-TV and rerun periodically.

The board unanimously approved a motion for the town to sign a contract with GAR Associates to work on the project.

For further updates on the reval project, visit the Town of Mamaroneck website here and click on the “Real Property Assessment” link on the right side of the screen

Buddy November 04, 2011 at 02:55 PM
I'm actually hoping that the revaluation will bring my taxes down as I think my house is overassessed. Maybe that is just a pipe dream though...
LMP November 04, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Trick or Treat? Early April Fools Day article? Can't be serious. $2.2 million and then the inevitable cost overruns. Higher taxes for another joke? We're #1? The town folks have been doing revaluation for the past few years, at grievance processes. (Buddy, you must be getting the mailers from all those who'll do it for you for free and get paid by a portion of the first year savings.) If the Town Government does the revaluation everyone who doesn't get a big reduction will be back on grievance days represented by those same free companies. Must be Mamaroneck Town's pipe dream that it can avoid dealing with reality of homes prices went down and continue going down. Where'd they find and how'd they choose that GAR Associates as it seems it never did valuations in Westchester. Will it compare to homes here to homes in Amherst for values and why are will they do public sessions amid the Winner snow when they could have been in the Fall. Did the candidates for re-election want to wait till after Election Day to avoid falling out of office. Snow job anyone?
Stefani Kim November 04, 2011 at 05:15 PM
Hi LMP, You raise a good point as to whether residents can challenge assessments or not after the revaluation has been completed. I will try to get more information on that for you from the Town. Best, Stefani Kim
Stefani Kim November 04, 2011 at 08:55 PM
And the answer is, residents will still be able to challenge assessments after the reval.

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