Rye Town Assessor Plans Home Inspections in Port Chester

Data collection process part of effort to update tax records.

The Town of Rye is getting ready to launch home inspections in Port Chester as part of its process of updating data used for tax purposes, according to Rye Town Assessor Mitchell Markowitz.

He said the town, which includes the Village of Port Chester, is continuing its multi-year property inspection program. This year, the town will be inspecting individual homes.

Markowitz said this process is part on the town’s effort to strengthen its annual property valuation process.

Data collection in the Town of Rye will begin during the first week of October and last about a month. Over the next few weeks, data collectors from Vision Government Solutions will be inspecting homes in certain neighborhoods of Port Chester, Rye Brook and the Rye Neck School District.

Data collectors will gather specific information about a property, such as the type of building construction materials, the number of stories, number of bedrooms and bathrooms. They will also measure the outside perimeter of the residence and any other structures on the property.

Markowitz said the inspectors will not be collecting information on personal property, such as furniture or appliances, will not be taking interior photographs. He said residents do not have to worry about the tidiness of their homes.

The inspection typically takes 15 to 20 minutes and Markowitz said residentsare encouraged to accompany thed ata collector during the inspection.

Data collectors will attempt to inspect homes during the day and early evening hours before dark. If you are not available when the initial data collection attempts are made, a first-class letter will be sent to you requesting that you call Vision Government Solutions for an appointment.

Further information regarding the Town inspection process and maps outlining the areaswhere the data collectors will focus their efforts are located on the Town website @ http://townofryeny.com.

Progress in Government September 29, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Can a homeowner refuse entry and what are the ramifications (some might say retributions) if refusal?
Linda Turturino September 29, 2012 at 11:16 PM
my understanding is if you refuse and a court order is obtained they enter your home and document what is there if there is a conflict as to what is currently on the record you are not able to dispute it soo the question begs to be asked do you just let them in or fight it ???
FJT September 30, 2012 at 02:26 AM
In New York State has any judge ever issued a court order allowing an assessor to enter a private home against the owner's wishes? Is so, the judge should be removed from the bench. This is the United States not a banana republic or hard core communist country. I provided a link above that is very relevant to what's permissible under the law and worth a quick read.
Bart Didden October 01, 2012 at 03:02 PM
After looking at the map again I have a question - IS THAT IT? Just the colored in area, of all of Rye Town that's it? This is flawed, again
PCPARENT October 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I agree with Bart, is that IT? really ... pathetic. why not start with the houses downtown that have 10 mailboxes on the door, missing windows and couches on the front porch? There are real issues with the village and it seems they are picking the wrong battles! we live in the 'highlighted' area on the map above and we also pay the higher taxes in PC .. why start with us? to raise our taxes even more to support the overcrowding in the village? it disgusts me. who really cares if someone may have a partially finished basement? when there are 10 families living in a one family downtown. Truly pathetic.


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