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The Schenectady City Council seems ready to go along with Mayor Gary McCarthy’s plan to fill the vacant assessor’s job with Bureau of Receipts Supervisor Ed Waterfield. That’s troubling not only because Waterfield has no experience as an assessor, but because the mayor wants to give him a healthy raise. And McCarthy has apparently convinced council members that his proposed $82,000 salary is the “going rate” for assessors in the region, when there’s plenty of ...

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September 7, 2013
2:35 p.m.

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It smelled rotten right from the start. To give Dimitriadis a choice between caring for her father or keeping her job is about as mean spirited as I've seen, just plain nasty. And I haven't heard complaints about Dimitriadis' work as I used to hear about some other assessors we've had. So we have an assessor who has kept the peace, one of the few employees with an excuse to live outside the city that any considerate person could live with, and McCarthy wants to play by the letter of the rule (for the first time?). And he wants to overpay--compared to our neighbors--an unproven replacement. If I were writing this book, the next chapter would have the mayor telling his new yes-man to raise property values. This can be done by picking the highest values in the range of value developed in an appraisal. That has been a problem in the past, basing value on sales that were statistical outliers. The higher property values will lower the tax rate, which will make it easier for McCarthy to raise taxes. His only hope for a city with few prospects.