Click here to see the Voting Results for Assessors Election and Budget Referendum of November, 2013. Participation was 68% of eligible voters. 175 approved the budget; 168 votes were needed. Assessors elected were in the following order: Brooke Bovard (convener), Denis O’Regan, Tom Wheeler, Gary Quinton, Bill Theis, Warren Rosenkranz, and Joe del Tufo.
Arden Board of Assessors
The Board of Assessors is an independent body of seven assessors. It is not a committee of the Town Assembly, but the Board does make reports at town meetings.
The Board of Assessors establishes the land rent (a.k.a. single tax) rates for Arden leaseholds, according to the Georgist principle of “full rental value” of the land. These are the rates used to assess each leasehold to collect municipal, county, and school taxes. These taxes are collected on the basis of the square footage of each leasehold.
Since Henry George himself never spelled out how to calculate “full rental value,” this is no simple task. Nominations are made at the September town meeting; election is by referendum in the fall, using the Hare System of Proportional Representation. The recommended assessment for the following year is presented at the June town meeting (4th Monday in June, 7:30 p.m.)