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Town considers proposal to limit assessment hikes

September 13, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WILLIAMSPORT - Town officials will wait until at least October before deciding on a proposal to limit property assessment increases.

If the town doesn't enact its own resolution by Nov. 15, Washington County's 5-percent cap will take effect in Williamsport, according to a memo by James R. Castle, the town's clerk/treasurer.

According to Castle's memo, property assessments increased in Williamsport this fiscal year by 11 percent.

The rate cap only would apply to owner-occupied residential properties.

Mayor James G. McCleaf II said he would like to have a 5-percent cap on property assessment increases, but the council shouldn't decide until after it meets with the town's new auditor on Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

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