to doc filed on 8/19/21, Colton is now being represented in the matter
of Eire Boulevard by the Poughkeepsie law firm Lewis & Greer.
This would seem to be an extremely positive development for Colton homeowners.
<<Representing exclusively municipalities and school districts, we defend real property assessments on large utility, industrial, and commercial facilities. Through a unique involvement in the appraisal of power generating facilities, the firm has close ties with a network of nationally recognized utility appraisers and engineering experts. At the request of the New York State Bar Association, we co-authored the most recent update of the text of "Review and Reduction of Real Property Assessments in New York," and also submitted an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the New York State Association of Towns in Niagara Mohawk Power Co. v. Town of Geddes, 92, N.Y.2d 192 (1998). Our attorneys have made numerous presentations on this specialized area of practice to attorneys and appraisers.>>
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!