Presentation by Various Boards, Committees and Reports
Request to rezone 2 lots, a total of 6 acres along
the corner of Rtes 52 and Palen Road, where the new houses are being
built, from residential to business zoning. Proposing 2 buildings, 9,000
sqft each, professional offices. Concerns were mentioned that this
intersection in front of IBM/Technology Park is already an extremely
busy traffic area.
2. Reval Presentation by MJW
A representative from MJW Consulting was there as
well as Town Assessor Kathleen Martin. Though the rep from MJW was vague
about answering some questions, he indicated that about 65% of residents
will see taxes remain about the same and 35% will see an increase of
some sort. In the next couple of weeks every property owner will receive
a notice that will show if there’s an tax increase or decrease or
remaining the same. Star and Senior Star exemptions will scale up. Star
exemptions need to be filed prior to March 1st. If you have questions
about your notice, MJW has a call number, you call, and then they’ll
call back and review the data with you. If there are problems or
misinformation, 1st step is to contact the revaluation firm, MJW. 2nd
step is to file a grievance for grievance day, May 22nd. You must file
paperwork – you can pick up grievance paperwork after May 1st. 3rd step,
would be to file a small claims action – which is a hearing before a
hearing officer. 80% of issues get resolved at step 1.
Many in the audience said MJW does not return phone calls.
Some people mentioned the photos of their homes in the paperwork sent by
MJW was the wrong house.
Debra Hall asked how properties in the Superfund sites would be
assessed/impacted by the pollution.
Some stats mentioned: School taxes are 75% of all taxes, there are
approximately 11,000 properties in East Fishkill, July 1st, 2006 is the
date for which the valuation is determined.
A man made a point to let residents know there is a disability exemption
in East Fishkill – you must file for it.
Additional information at:
www.reassess.org (though their “Contact us” link did not work at the
time of this writing.
Star exemptions information:
Further note: as Malcolm Mills has raised a concern,
“if the assessment on older homes is to bring them up to their “current
sale price”, and assuming the Town property tax revenue is to remain
unchanged, then the tax on older homes will increase, and that on the
new home will be reduced.” This will negatively impact many long time
residents who’ve paid taxes over decades, also older residents on fixed
incomes, which may result in selling off of lots – negatively impacting
Towns stated desire to promote Open Space.
Review and Receipt of
1. Lake Walton Letters
The Town has received many letters to traffic
problems along Lake Walton Rd. including a petition to drop the speed
limit. The Town is looking into signage, enhanced road markings,
repaving with a more gripping surface, possibly lowering speed limits as
ways to address the issues.
2. Stockyard Letter
Town has received a letter from Stockyard Restaurant
to place a pole and lighting at entrance at Turner Street. As they are
in the Hopewell Lighting District, costs would be spread out in the
3. Building Dept. Letter
Building Department request to impose new fees for
fencing, fire alarm, and review of substantially changed building plans.
Will be reviewed by Town Board.
Open Work Session
1. Discuss Building Dept. Fees
Town Board seemed favorable to Building Departments
requests for new fees to cover additional review work at Building
2. Discuss Hopewell Glen Water
Discussion of above.
3. Discuss Police Officer Use
Chief Nichols working with Town Attorney Tom Wood,
is proposing outside use of police officers be conducted through the
Town. Currently officers are paid by outside entity and receive a 1099
tax form. Proposal to address liability and insurance concerns would
have outside entity pay the Town a set higher fee, and the Town would
pay police officer for work done outside Town duties.
4. Discuss Vicki Lane
The Town has received several complaints from
residents of Vicki Lane that a connector road from the massive Toll
Brothers project would impact their neighborhood. Their low traffic
street is a community resource where people walk and kids play. The
additional traffic would impact this. The Town has a stated desire to
increase connecting roads, yet this must be balanced with the quality of
life and safety of existing residents.
5. Discuss Brush Drop Off
The Town is discussing ways to address the need for
brush removal. Last year’s brush drop off program was used by over 500
residents. Some do not have a way to get brush to drop off areas… some
areas pooled private resources to achieve this. The year before, the
brush pick up costs were over $500,000 and the Town no longer has money
to fund this. It was discussed that perhaps more than one drop off spot
be considered this year.
Close Work Session