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What’s mayor’s beef with assessments?

March 1, 2014
The Leader Herald

The city of Johnstown's property-tax assessment revaluation must be the third rail of local politics, since I don't recall Mayor Michael Julius talking about it during last fall's mayoral election campaign. Sure, inflation and appreciation of well-maintained properties have forced the equalization rate in the city of Johnstown to slip to 73 percent over the past 25 years since the "tortured" Finnegan Associates revaluation in 1989-90; so what? The town of Amsterdam's very low 10 percent equalization rate allows commerce along Route 30 to thrive. We should be as lucky.



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