A very vocal group of homeowners spoke out in protest at the Clarkson Town Board meeting Tuesday night.
Many of them are angry over a significant jump in their property assessments, which will likely result in a higher tax bill.
It’s been more than 10 years since the last assessment, which is one reason for the hike. Some argue it’s not fair and they’re urging fellow homeowners to file an appeal.
Sheldon Meyers, a Clarkson resident, says the numbers don’t make sense.
“I encourage people to you know contest their assessments. I think they are way out of whack. Specifically, the information she gave tonight that the first five years it was flat, the market, the real estate market was flat here in Clarkson. The past five years it’s increased a total of 13 percent. That doesn’t jive with assessments that are 20, 25, 30 percent,” said Meyers.
In other instances, the assessments were done incorrectly, and properties were assessed too low. The town assessor is now recommending that re-assessments be done every three to four years, or more frequently if necessary.