PARISHVILLE - The snow and ice contract for the town of Parishville will remain unchanged this winter, after the town board elected to approve a one-year contract extension on Tuesday.
The current contract rate is $4,234.75 per mile for Tier I, which includes Parishville.
Other contract items will remain the same, according to outgoing St. Lawrence County Highway Superintendent Toby W. Bogart.
The price of salt for the 2013-14 will be $42.58 per ton delivered. Additionally, the price of ultra low sulfur diesel-2D fuel is currently $3.1857 per gallon.
We have a snow and ice contract and Ive got a copy of it here. I talked to Pat (Remington, highway superintendnet) earlier, and were pretty happy with the agreement. Nothing changed much, Town Supervisor Jerry G. Moore said.
The contract began on Oct. 1 and runs through April 15, 2014.
In other action at its recent meeting, town officials announced the municipalitys new equalization rate is 6.19 percent.
Its good and bad. Its a catch-22 with the state. To try to explain it simply, we were at 5.6 (percent) and I cant do the exact numbers in my head, but what happens is, when your equalization rate goes up your STAR value also goes up, assessor Ronald Ferguson said.
So we have a significant increase in our STAR this year, which helps everybody. So that is the good side, he said. The bad side is that when you go from 5.6 to 6.19, it doesnt sound like a lot, but it drops the value of every piece of property by several thousand dollars.
Mr. Ferguson explained that a house with an assessed value of $100,000, with the 5.6 percent equalization rate would be assessed at $5,600. With the increase on the equalization rate, things will change however.
So the assessment stays at $5,600, but now that $100,000 home only has full value of $80,000 now. So what happens is, this home thats worth $100,000 is assessed at $80,000, he said. So now it sells for $100,000 and the state beats me up and drops our level of assessment because I had it under assessed. You cant win.
Mr. Moore explained that at meetings he attended he was told to get the equalization rate up. Mr. Ferguson, who also serves as the town code enforcement officer, said that every time the rate goes up, the values on the properties go down.
The only way you can win is when your level assessment goes up, to go around and raise everybodys assessment. Thats the only way you can stay even, he said. Theres a controversy of going to 100 percent. Everybody thinks if you go to 100 percent everythings great and everythings fine. (That is) only for one year because the next year, if you dont raise everybody 3 percent or more every year, you drop.