Arden Board of Assessors

established by the Act to Reincorporate, section 7

The Board of Assessors is an independent body of seven assessors. It is not a committee of the Town Assembly, but the Board does make reports at town meetings.

The following 15 residents of Arden are nominees for Assessor for the fall of 2018 election: Brooke Bovard, Marianne Cinaglia, Chris Junk, Michelle Lauer, John Martin, Mike Opelka, Pam Politis, Grace Ressler, Deborah Ricard, John Scheflen, Elizabeth Varley, Larry Walker,  Laura Wallace, Tom Wheeler, and Mark Wood. Only 7 of the 15 will be elected to set the land rent assessment for 2020 for the Village of Arden.

The Board of Assessors establishes the land rent rates for Arden leaseholds, according to the principle of “full rental value” of the land. The “Community Standard of Living Method of Arden Assessment” defines total “Full Rental Value” of the leaseholds as the sum of town expenses (both “non-budget” in the form of county and school taxes, and “budget” as embodied in the town’s budget), and the cost of administering the trust, while maintaining a “prudent reserve”. This method divides full rental value by acreage of land held privately in leaseholds, such divisions determined by assessors’ formulas. The formulas, which are intended to reflect the relative value of leaseholds, are based on lot size, zoning privileges and location factors. Since there is no formula as to how to calculate “full rental value,” this is no simple task.

Nominations are made at the September town meeting; election is by referendum in the fall, using the Hare System of Proportional Representation. The recommended assessment for the following year is presented at the June town meeting (4th Monday in June, 7:30 p.m.)

Click here for Committee Descriptions: full text


Assessors Committee Meeting Times 2019

7:30 P.M. – Buzz Ware Village Center
December 5th, January 8th, February 5th, March 5th, April 2nd, May 2nd (Public Meeting), May 7th,
May 23rd (Public Meeting)

Board of Assessors Minutes 2019

December 2018 | January 2019


Assessors Meeting minutes 11DEC17  Assessors Meeting minutes 11JAN18Assessors Minutes 8FEB18Assessors Minutes 8MAR18Assessors Minutes 12APR18


BOA 12-6-16 , BOA 1-11-17, BOA 3-8-17, BOA 4-12-17, BOA 6-21-17

2017 Board of Assessors report for fiscal year 2018

Minority Report



6-25-2017 Minority Report2017 Minority Report Assessment for fiscal year 2018
Above are in PDF format. Click here to see the Minority Report in Excel format.

Alternate Assessments

2017 Alternate Assessment

Assessors Committee Meeting Times 2018

7:00 P.M. – Buzz Ware Village Center
January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, May 24 Public Hearing,
June 14  Public Hearing

Read a brief description of how Arden’s town government works

Board of Assessors – Town Charter

Board of Assessors Report 2016