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Irvington May Give Up Tax Assessor Role To Town

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Giving up its assessing unit status would prevent duplication of services and save money without a lot of downsides, Irvington officials say.

The village will consider terminating its role as a tax assessor at a public hearing on Monday at 7 p.m. at Village Hall. If the village gives up its assessing status, the Town of Greenburgh's tax rolls would be used to levy taxes. Greenburgh already assesses Irvington properties for town and school taxes.

“The town is doing this function anyway,” Irvington Village Administrator Lawrence Schopfer said, “We would eliminate the costs associated with maintaining our assessment roll.”

Schopfer estimated Irvington could save $20,000 to $30,000 a year with this measure.

Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said the measure makes sense because there are currently two different tax rolls for the same area. “Nobody wants to see duplication in this economy,” he said. Feiner noted that Dobbs Ferry and Ardsley have already done this.

Irvington Mayor Brian Smith noted at a recent board of trustees meeting that the assessor used by the village has retired. The village would have paid Greenburgh's assessors to do the work “all for the privilege of having our own set of evaluations,” he said.

Smith said the village didn't see a lot of downsides to the measure, although he noted Monday's meeting would be when officials would discuss the measure in detail.

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