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County officials appoint Salamone

JOHNSTOWN — A Stratford woman was appointed by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors to a six-year term as new director of the county Real Property Tax Services Agency.

The board appointed Mary Beth Salamone recently following a closed-door, executive session during the board’s monthly meeting at the County Office Building.

Her salary was set at an annual starting rate of $53,000 and increases to a permanent annual rate of $58,000 after completing one year of satisfactory service.

She was appointed to a term retroactive to Oct. 1 and running through Sept. 30, 2025. Salamone succeeds former Fulton County Real Property Tax Services Agency Director Peter Galarneau, who retired in September.

Salamone was promoted to the department head post from her previous position of agency data coordinator. According to a county information release, she had held that position since 2015. Prior to that, she worked as a tax enforcement clerk in the Fulton County Treasurer’s Office.

From 2005 to 2012, Salamone was employed as a real property tax services specialist for the Herkimer County Real Property Tax Services Agency.

Mayfield Supervisor Richard Argotsinger, chairman of the board’s Finance Committee, this week commented on the appointment.

“Mary Beth has worked in the RPTSA for several years and has a good working relationship with local assessors,” he said. “She knows the county process and will be able to work well with other county departments and local elected officials.”

The Fulton County Real Property Tax Services Agency’s responsibilities are authorized in state Real Property Tax Law. Key responsibilities include: Maintaining tax maps for all 12 municipalities, processing reports, recording and verifying chain of title to real property, preparing and printing the assessment roll and tax rolls, assisting in printing of tax bills, and assisting the public and local governments. The department is also a liaison between municipal assessors and the state Office of Real Property Services.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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