BATH | County legislators discussed a number of topics in a series of committee meetings Tuesday, ranging from the upcoming tax auction to the county government’s internet service.
Finance Commissioner Pat Donnelly told the Finance Committee there were 98 properties still set for auction as of Tuesday morning.
The auction is set for 10 a.m. Friday at Campbell-Savona Junior/Senior High School.
Donnelly said the initial list included 125 properties, but as the date approaches, property owners have had the opportunity to get off the list by paying their delinquent taxes.
County Manager Jack Wheeler noted in another meeting that the county is still in the process of trying to hire a new assessor.
“It’s a little challenging,” he told legislators.
The position posted by the county pays $39,079 - $47,815, set by a firm pay grade structure.
But he noted that the City of Corning is also seeking to hire an assessor, and because of the way the city’s job is classified, they’re offering about $20,000 more. The city’s job listing says salary starts at “mid-$60K, but may be higher” based on qualifications. That job is a department head, unlike the county position.
He noted it’s an “apples to oranges” comparison for other reasons -- Corning is looking for a different skill set, particularly because of the large number of major commercial properties in the city.
But he said both governments are going after basically the same pool of candidates.
Legislators on Tuesday also heard from county Acting Director of Information Technology Robert Wolverton about a recent request for proposals for internet service.
The county currently has service through Empire Access, Spectrum (Time Warner) and First Light (formerly Finger Lakes Technologies).
Wolverton said based on the bids received, he’s proposing a new contract that would include just Empire and First Light.
Empire Access would be the primary service provider for Steuben County, while First Light would act as a failsafe system if connectivity is lost.
Wolverton said a new contract with those two provides would increase the speed and bandwidth available for county computers by approximately 50 times, mostly through a faster connection to Empire, while reducing the monthly connection bill by $406, or about 20 percent.