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DeKalb assessor not reappointed

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DEKALB — The DeKalb Town Council has decided not to reappoint C. Bruce Green to the assessor position, instead choosing another candidate.

The decision comes on the heels of a contentious town-wide revaluation that drew roughly 100 grievances from town residents who complained their property assessment jumped too high in one year.

“It’s been a difficult time for the taxpayers and a difficult time for the board,” said Town Supervisor Larry D. Denesha.

The council voted unanimously this week to appoint Robert B. Ball of Natural Bridge to a six-year term as town assessor, effective Oct. 1.

He will be paid $16,000 a year for the part-time position, which requires him to work one day a week in the town of DeKalb offices.

Four candidates applied for the job, including Mr. Green, a Lisbon resident who has served as DeKalb assessor for the past six years.

“After careful consideration and meeting with each candidate, we felt Mr. Ball was the best candidate. We felt he was the best fit,” Mr. Denesha said.

Mr. Green could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Ball also serves as assessor for the towns of Wilna, New Bremen and Martinsburg.

After Mr. Green released the tentative tax roll this spring, dozens of landowners protested their new assessments, particularly owners of agriculture parcels, woodlot and pasture lands because they saw they steepest hikes.

As a result, about 80 percent of those who protested were successful at getting their valuations reduced, but some landowners were still upset.

Mr. Denesha said despite the situation, he was proud of the way town residents conducted themselves. “I’m not happy that it’s been such a contentious issue, but I’m happy the community members are attending board meetings and letting us know how they feel,” he said. “I’m proud of the way everyone conducted themselves through this whole thing.”

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