[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Verona 7-2-2001 by L.L. No. 1-2001. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Board of the Town of Verona finds that the certification requirements for the office of Assessor and the additional work required of the Assessors due to the increase in the number of tax parcels and exemptions have made the performance of the duties of Assessor too burdensome to be performed by three elected Assessors. The Town Board of the Town of Verona finds that it is more beneficial to the Town to assign the assessing tasks to a sole Assessor. Among the benefits of the office of a sole appointed Assessor are: a longer term of office, a consistent approach to assessing, an increase in efficiency, and a more professional approach to the duties of the office.
Pursuant to the authority granted under § 328 of the Real Property Tax Law of the State of New York, the positions of elected Assessors in the Town of Verona are hereby abolished, effective October 1, 2001. From and after said date, there shall be one Assessor for the Town, to be appointed as provided in § 310 of the Real Property Tax Law.
The qualifications for the office of appointed Assessor shall be the minimum qualifications and standards set by § 312 of the Real Property Tax Law and the State Board of Equalization and Assessment as of the date of appointment to office.
Pursuant to the provisions of § 328 of Article 3 of the Real Property Tax Law, this chapter shall be subject to permissive referendum.
This chapter shall take effect 45 days after its adoption, or if a petition is filed pursuant to § 24(1) of the Municipal Home Rule Law, upon its approval by a majority of the qualified electors of the Town of Verona voting on a proposition therefor, and upon filing certified copies thereof in the Office of the Secretary of State.