Murray assessor says campaign mailer had incorrect information

Posted 18 June 2019 at 10:57 am


To the property owners residing in the Town of Murray, this letter is in response to an oversized campaign postcard I received last week where the writer questions my ethics as assessor.  When campaigning for the job as assessor in the Town of Murray in 1993, I stated that I would serve the Town of Murray residents in a fair and equitable manner. I have followed this practice throughout my career.

All assessed values of town and village properties are available on-line for public viewing. If anyone has any concerns or thoughts that town officials are benefiting with lower property assessments, please check for yourself. Appraising property is not a perfect science, but we have always given our best to be fair and produce an equitable roll.

Also stated is that the Town of Murray has one of the highest tax rates in Orleans County.  There are ten towns in Orleans County. The tax rates range from $4.03 per thousand to $9.28 per thousand. The Town of Murray is at $4.83 per thousand. I don’t consider this to be one of the highest.

Keep in mind that when an election is approaching, some candidates will intentionally make statements that are without merit, just to create attention for themselves. The Primary vote is fast approaching and I hope that the voters just stop and think about the statements that have been made attacking Town of Murray officials.

In my 25 years of experience, Supervisor Miller and the current board have done an excellent job and have indeed exhibited fiscal responsibility, with a decrease in our tax rate in 2017 and no increase in 2018.

Please take a minute to separate the facts from fiction and cast your vote on June 25 from noon until 9 p.m. at the Town of Murray building.

Thank you,

Lynn Wood

Town of Murray Assessor