Carlton may vote Monday to freeze assessments at 2012 levels

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 April 2013 at 12:00 am

CARLTON – Responding to an outcry from residents over high assessments, the Town Board has called for an emergency meeting on Monday.

The board may vote to freeze assessments based on the 2012 data. Many residents told the board on Tuesday that their new assessments were 20 to 50 percent more than 2012 valuations. Those big assessment increases, which would apply to town, school and county taxes, would force many senior citizens to leave their homes, several residents told the board.

“We got to try to do something,” Councilman Robin Lake said today. “That’s what the people asked for.”

Town Attorney Kathy Bogan is researching whether the assessments can be frozen at their 2012 levels so the new numbers don’t take effect.

Monday’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 14341 Waterport-Carlton Rd.

“We’ll discuss it and try to figure out what to do,” Lake said.