The Bath Haverling School Auditorium was filled with residents on Wednesday night as they continued to protest the recent property reassessment. On April 10th, over 100 people attended the Bath Town Meeting to express their concerns, but many were unable to hear the discussions due to the insufficient space. The board concluded the meeting by scrapping the assessments.
However, the Town of Bath is now seeking legal counsel, claiming that the previous decision to scrap the assessments could not be executed and the values would remain. Attorneys David and Seth Pullen from the law offices of Richardson, Pullen, and Buck explained that residents dissatisfied with the property assessment must file form RP-524.
During the meeting, the grounds for filing a grievance form were presented as unequal assessment, excessive assessment, unlawful assessment, or misclassification. Residents have until Tuesday, May 23, to file form RP-524 and meet with the assessor. Other options include an informal hearing with the assessor, a Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR), or attending a Grievance Day with the Board of Assessment Review (BAR). The Bath Town Board will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 8th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Haverling School Auditorium.
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