Stoneham votes for revaluation

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STONEHAM – Residents decided at a special town meeting this week to conduct a revaluation of properties in town.

The article was approved by a 29 to 13 ballot vote Tuesday. Residents also decided to allocate $2,500 for selectmen to attend a weeklong, state-run assessing course at Colby College in Waterville.

Midge Silvio, Stoneham’s town clerk, said there will be another meeting to decide whether the town will allocate funds for the revaluation and, if it does, which professional to hire for the job.

“We have found that the town wants to have a revaluation,” Silvio said Friday. “Now we have to see whether or not the town wants to spend money to have a revaluation.”

Silvio said selectmen will also present their choices for an outside professional at another special town meeting. She said selectmen had not set a date for the meeting as of Friday.

Also on Tuesday, the Oxford County commissioners made a final ruling regarding a 2005 case involving two residences in the Harding Hill subdivision.

Commissioners determined that the town’s assessments of the properties were unreasonable, and recommended a revaluation of all property in the town.

In a separate matter, the Oxford County Board of Review in May voted against granting tax abatements to 12 residents of Harding Hill, determining that the town had not shown discrimination in their assessed values.

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