Wednesday, March 2, 2016

REVALUATION UPDATE!!!! ===== by Larry Fillmore


On March 1, 2016, Mr. Joe Hill wrote an article on the current status of the revaluation project.  It appears that Mr. William Van Tuinen has once again violated his contact with the town.

The original contract was for a revaluation of the town would be completed spring of 2015.  Next, we were told revaluation letters would be coming out in May 2015 and then in July/August 2015 we were notified the revaluation was not even close to being completed.  The previous Town Council redid the contract with Mr. Van Tuinen placing penalties for missing deadlines.  Several of these deadlines were status reports.  Now, I am not privileged to whether or not Mr. Van Tuinen submitted these reports but it appeared to be a shock to the Town Council last night when I brought up the revaluation letters had not gone out on February 29, 2016.

What is disturbing to me is the fact that the taxpayers are NOT being updated periodically on this project especially when deadline passed without any required action being taken.  The taxpayers have a right to know what is going on with this revaluation since it cost them $400,000.00 of their money.  At the current rate, the revaluation will be useless by the time Mr. Van Tuinen completes it.  Also, the Town Manager was asked when the revaluation letters would go out and she replied “shortly”.  To me “shortly” is not an answer to the question.

The Town Council needs to make this their number one priority until it is done.  The town should be receiving another revenue coming in for violation of the current contract in penalties.  Each and every one of the residents of Lisbon should be contacting their Councilors and force them to make this their number one priority.  I believe the statue of this revaluation should be briefed each and every meeting until it is completed.  The people have a right to know.

This has dragged on long enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Larry Fillmore

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