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 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 and Elections
Nominations are made at the September town meeting; election is by referendum in the fall, using the Hare System of Proportional Representation.
The 2020 Board of Assessors are as follows: Mark Wood, Pam Politis, Elizabeth Varley, Brooke Bovard, Tom Wheeler, Debbie Ricard and John Scheflen. (Elected Nov. 5, 2019)
The 15 nominees for 2021 are, as of October 5, 2020, Brooke Bovard, Chris Junk, Michelle Lauer, Albert Marks, Roderick MacDonald, Denis O’Regan, Csongor Pinter, Gary Quinton, Deborah Ricard, John Scheflen, Vicki Scott, Elizabeth Varley, Tom Wheeler, Larry Walker, and Laura Wallace. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters on Oct. 19 and must be returned by 7pm, Tuesday, Nov. 17. Of the 15 candidates, 7 will be elected.
The recommended assessment for the following year is presented at the June town meeting (4th Monday in June, 7:30 p.m.)
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Board of Assessors Meeting Times 2020
December 4th ; January 22nd – Premise for assessment, A Rate, Lot Sizes ; February 26th -B Rate & Initial ADU discussion; March 25th – Factors (meeting @ 7:00 pm, Public forum @ 7:30 pm); April 22nd – C and D Rates, May 27th – ADU Discussion (meeting @ 7:00 pm, Public forum @ 7:30 pm)); June 3rd – (meeting @ 7:00 pm, Public forum @ 7:30 pm)); June 12th – 4:00 PM
Board of Assessors Minutes 2020
Board of Assessors 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), May 28th, June 4th, June 18th.
Board of Assessors Minutes 2019