October 14, 2020
It is with great concern that we communicate on behalf of the membership of The Higley Association in regards to the assessment of the six (6) Erie Boulevard properties/facilities along the Raquette River in the Town of Colton. With the Board of Assessor’s denial of the Power Company’s request for further and significant reduction in assessment earlier this year, they have since filed a petition for review with the NYS Supreme Court (July 30, 2020). Should the Court grant said reduction, the property owners on Higley Flow as well as the entire town, can not be relied upon to make up the difference with more dramatic tax increases. To do so would cause great hardship and cause many to have to sell properties they have perhaps owned for years.
The Colton Town Board must take any and all steps necessary to show and prove the accuracy of which these parcels are assessed. Again, any significant change to those assessments CAN NOT be recovered on the backs of the taxpayers!