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Revaluation Update

propertytaxThe Scarsdale Board of Trustees met in executive session on Tuesday at 3 pm to discuss "Various Legal Matter Relatives to the 2016 Revaluation Project." We questioned both Village Attorney Wayne Essanason and Deputy Village Manager Robert Cole on what those legal matters might be, but neither provided additional information.

We later heard that the Trustees were discussing, among other matters, the contract with J.F. Ryan, the man who conducted the 2016 revaluation. The Village has withheld $43,000 from his original contract. In addition, Ryan asked for an additional $6,000 for the time he spent preparing for and attending the August 17th meeting and he has not been paid for that time. On Tuesday, Trustees were consulting with an attorney on what actions they might take and also planning how revaluations could be conducted in the future. At a recent meeting, Ryan failed to provide documentation for the assumptions behind the model or validate the results.

We also wrote to the NYS Office of Taxation and Finance to find out if there was a possibility that the state could invalidate the revaluation, as many readers have suggested. We were referred to Geoffrey Gloak, the GloakDirector of Public Information at the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance. He said, "It isn't the New York State Tax Department's role to validate or invalidate the reassessment. Our role is to determine a tentative equalization rate, which we expect to do later this month. For more on equalization rates, click here:" 

So to those who were looking to the state to void the revaluation, it is clear that they will take no such action.

If you care to comment on these and other issues, please include your name and street address.

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+5 #5 Speechless 2016-09-12 09:42
I am shocked that despite all the revelations about the reval: Albanese, Ryan’s' associates, model failure and behavior of BOT, that someone could post this comment. It’s not a joke, it is sad that in the face of so many facts someone can be so delusional, petty and just ridiculous! BTW, I give you an A+ for divisive whining and your post is less than becoming it is pathetic

Quoting Stop Divisive Complaining!:
What a joke.
Please listen to yourself. You sound ridiculous.
Your taxes went up and it's a conspiracy? Wrong.
Reval was handled poorly but why is it the rich people of Heathcote's fault?
Not enough media? Those Heathcote people must have kept the media away. Wrong.
No support from State govt? Oh, those Heathcote folks are at it again. Wrong. They are carrying you.
Please check yourselves. I have never seen a more divisive group of complainers. Moveon.org - that's where we are.
Pay your fair share. Move forward. Grieve if you are unhappy - but stop the divisive whining please. It is so not becoming.

Quoting Lip Service?:
Writing to the State Legislators sounds like a worthy idea, however I can't help but wonder if they will pay little more than lip service, saying the "right" things, but doing nothing. Who carries more weight - the potential deep pocket contributors who are members of the Heathcote Association, or the little guys in Edgewood? Want another example - compare media coverage of the Tyler episode to the current Ryan episode.
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-7 #4 Stop Divisive Complaining! 2016-09-10 19:02
What a joke.
Please listen to yourself. You sound ridiculous.
Your taxes went up and it's a conspiracy? Wrong.
Reval was handled poorly but why is it the rich people of Heathcote's fault?
Not enough media? Those Heathcote people must have kept the media away. Wrong.
No support from State govt? Oh, those Heathcote folks are at it again. Wrong. They are carrying you.
Please check yourselves. I have never seen a more divisive group of complainers. Moveon.org - that's where we are.
Pay your fair share. Move forward. Grieve if you are unhappy - but stop the divisive whining please. It is so not becoming.

Quoting Lip Service?:
Writing to the State Legislators sounds like a worthy idea, however I can't help but wonder if they will pay little more than lip service, saying the "right" things, but doing nothing. Who carries more weight - the potential deep pocket contributors who are members of the Heathcote Association, or the little guys in Edgewood? Want another example - compare media coverage of the Tyler episode to the current Ryan episode.
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+3 #3 Lip Service? 2016-09-09 22:44
Writing to the State Legislators sounds like a worthy idea, however I can't help but wonder if they will pay little more than lip service, saying the "right" things, but doing nothing. Who carries more weight - the potential deep pocket contributors who are members of the Heathcote Association, or the little guys in Edgewood? Want another example - compare media coverage of the Tyler episode to the current Ryan episode.
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+11 #2 Michele Braun 2016-09-09 20:48
I ask Scarsdale Village tax payers to join me in writing to our State legislators—Sen ator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Representative Amy Paulin—immediat ely (this weekend) to very quickly introduce and pursue emergency legislation authorizing a rollback to the prior valuations and authorizing Scarsdale Village to provide final assessment numbers 90 or 120 days after the typical September date such data are due to NYS Office of Taxation and Finance. This would give the breathing room for the action that is needed: the rollback.
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+24 #1 NumeracyMatters 2016-09-07 17:38
Outside counsel, Terry O'Neill, who is a labor lawyer was at the meeting. Later that evening, Mayor Mark spoke at a SNAP meeting and stated that there were discussions about Ryan and the Assessor'so office. What the mayor did not tell the public is how much this outside counsel is costing Scatsdalians.
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