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Posted on: November 3, 2017

Board of Assessment Review - Member wanted, reply by 12/15

The Board of Assessment Review is looking for a qualified person to fill a vacant position.  The new member would be appointed January 2018 and have a term ending September 30, 2021.  Members do receive compensation.

The Board of Assessment Review’s sole purpose is to guarantee taxpayer’s rights by hearing real property assessment complaints (grievances) and arriving at fair and impartial determinations regarding those complaints. The Town Board appoints members for a five year term of office. Terms are to be set as such, that not more than one term will expire each year.  Terms start on October 1st.

The Town of Bethlehem has a 5 person BAR whose members are public officers. They are required to be at least 18 years old, citizens of the United States and must be town residents. The Real Property Law requires that members of the BAR have knowledge of real property values in the area.  BAR Members are required to disclose any direct or indirect interest they have in any property for which a complaint has been filed. BAR members are required to attend training in order to participate in the hearing and determinations of assessment complaints on grievance day. The training is 1 day usually in April.

BAR members must be present on Grievance day, the 4th Tuesday in May.  The BAR usually has an organizational meeting early in May to pick a chair person (1 year appointment) and coordinate schedules for deliberation. There may be additional days needed depending on the number of grievances so they must have availability in June.  If there are many commercial grievances, there may be an additional day in early June scheduled to hear those grievances.

If you are interested in joining the Board of Assessment Review, please submit your resume to the Town Supervisor’s office at rnagengast@townofbethlehem.org by December 15th.

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