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A grievance application is filed with the Assessment Bureau and it is a grievance against the work done by staff members in the Bureau. The Assessor will not be able make any changes to the tentative roll once it is printed.
In order to make sure the process is fair and equitable, taxpayers will have the opportunity to speak with the Board of Assessment Review on May 28th, 2019, which is also called Grievance Day. The Board of Assessment Review is a panel of public officers independently appointed by the Mayor and the Schenectady City Council. The members of the Board of Assessment Review provide a system of checks and balances for the work of the Assessment Bureau.
When you turn your completed and signed grievance application in to the Assessment Bureau, you will receive a receipt stating that we received the application as well as a numbered ticket allowing you or your representative to attend the hearing on Grievance Day.
The Board of Assessment Review will meet from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26th with a 1 hour break for lunch and for dinner. The Board members will hear any and all of the grievances that are filed with the Assessment Bureau from May 1st until the end of that day.
In ticket number order, petitioners will be given 3 minutes to present their case to the Board of Assessment Review. There may be a brief question and answer period with the Board after the case has been presented. At this point, you have completed your role in the grievance process.
No, you do not have to attend Grievance Day, but it does give you an opportunity to plead your case, in person, with the panel making the determination in your situation. Not attending the Grievance Day hearing will not have any bearing on the outcome of your case. You will not be made of aware of the outcome of your case at this time.
The Board of Assessment Review will take all of the grievance applications, information and notes presented to them during the hearing and spend several weeks deliberating these cases.