Flippin' Amsterdam Blog

Assessment Background: Part 3

I found this link today from the Office of Real Property Services that supports my argument that the uniformity of assessments in Amsterdam are anything but. In fact, if you look at the estimated COD figure in TABLE 6 which shows the level of dispersion...

Background on Assessments Part 2

More interesting and educational reading from The Office of Real Property Services(bold, italicized are my highlights): Won’t my taxes increase if my assessment is adjusted? First, as noted above, your assessor does not increase your taxes.  Assessors are trained to be appraisal professionals; it is...

Background on Assessments

I’m still crunching some numbers related to assessments and in the process, I’m trying to get more educated on assessments. As this seems to be a hot topic, I thought I’d highlight key aspects of assessments from the New York State Office of Real Property...

The Blight of the GASD

Here’s a fun exercise in cognitive dissonance. First, this article from the Daily Gazette on the blighted properties in the city with the following lead-in: AMSTERDAM — Mayor Ann Thane has a folder three inches thick of complaints from residents about overgrown vegetation, garbage and...

Frankie Goes to Fultonville

I never imagined or intended this blog would take me to the topic of sex-ed but when you see this quote from the Recorder article titled “Sex Education courses rattles F-F parents“, I just can’t help myself: Parent … came straight forward and announced that...

An Assessment Fiasco

This article on the state of assessments in Amsterdam is truly shocking (from Capital News 9). The salient points are: “I still didn’t come up with the numbers that wouldn’t put the city in jeopardy and that’s something I don’t have the right to do,”...

GASD School Board Elections

As the school board elections are May20th, I thought I’d visit the GASD Web site to learn about the candidates. But alas, the site has no information on the candidates. Nada. On the other hand, Broadalbin Perth and Scotia Glenville as two examples do provide...

The Risky Business of LLCs

One of the criticisms leveled at the option agreement for the Chalmers project centers on the fact that the city has entered into an agreement with an LLC (a Limited Liability Corporation). I guess the underlying issue is not the LLC itself but the concern...

The Mindblowing GASD Survey

Well, I just came across a survey by the GASD so I just had to comment as it’s astoundingly and shockingly bad. I’ve posted the document below as it’s no longer available on the GASD Web site so I had to recover it from the...

Transparency in School Budgets

After reading an article on the GASD school budget in the Gazette, I wanted to take a look at the details of the budget. So I went to the GASD Web site to see if I could find PDF document of the budget. As May...