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The special meeting of the Town of Tompkins Town Board was called to order at 7:00 pm in the Town meeting room, Trout Creek, NY.


  1. William Layton-Supervisor
  2. Carl Stuendel-Councilperson
  3. Peggy Backus-Councilperson
  4. Howard Buttel-Councilperson
  5. Timothy LaTourette-Councilperson


  1. Nancy Roberts –  Bookkeeper to the Supervisor
  2. Joseph Reynolds-Bldg. Inspector
  3. Joyce Ottens-Assessor
  4. Walt Ottens

The Board asked the Assessor Joyce Ottens several questions regarding how property is assessed. Joyce Ottens will be at the next grievance day.

a-      The assessment rate is 6%.

b-      For example 6 acres split from a 50 acre parcel. The assessment will not be a percentage it will be based on what the person paid for the 6 acres.

c-      Assessment for a new building includes cost of the building and materials used, well, septic, foundation and electric. Assessment will be what the cost to build was.

The Building Inspector may pick up differences in houses when he inspects.  Property (tax map #248.-1-12.2) is assessed at $90,000 and was the subject of comparison to other homes at the Grievance Day meeting. This may have been a partial assessment and will be revisited. After July 1, 2010 when the final roll has been filed for the property cannot be changed. Class codes do not really mean a lot regarding the assessment. If a land owner takes their assessment to court, the assessor goes to represent the Town.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm.

Sandra M Gardepe

Town Clerk

Next meeting will be on July 12, 2010 at the Town Meeting Room, Trout Creek, NY.

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