SHIRLEY — The Board of Assessors reviewed a draft of the job posting for the part-time assessor’s clerk position, the funding for which was passed by voters at the annual town meeting.
Assistant assessor Rebecca Caldbeck presented the draft of the posting for review at the board’s July 9 meeting, as well as a revised and streamlined job description for the clerk’s position. Caldbeck suggested that the assessor’s post the job on the town’s Web site, as the Planning Board did with the position of Planning Board assistant.
“I want to get the ball rolling,” said assessor Joseph Saball.
The position will initially require six or seven hours per week from the new clerk, he said. However, it is a position the board would like to see someone “grow into.”
The $5,000 approved by voters this June funds the beginning stages of the board’s six-year plan to save the town over $100,000, said assessor Ronald Marchetti.
Eventually the board hopes to phase out more contract work that is performed now by Patriot Properties, which helps evaluate property assessments and assists with reporting and data management.
“We like Patriot,” said Marchetti. “They’ve done a fine job.”
While Caldbeck will be taking on more responsibility, particularly with property valuations, Patriot Properties has agreed to step in any time over the next five years if Caldbeck requires assistance.
This year, the contract price to retain Patriot Properties dropped by about $13,000. Over time the contracted work from the vendor will be geared more toward technical assistance, said Marchetti.
“We’ll pay our fair price for the kind of work we’re doing,” he said.
Caldbeck is capable and knowledgeable, representatives from the company told assessors, according to Marchetti. She is well-prepared to take on the new responsibilities, he said.
The clerk’s position will include assisting Caldbeck with excise tax abatements, manning the office while she is performing field work, and general clerical assistance such as data entry and filing, according to the job description.
This year, the assessors’ budget was down from the fiscal year 2007 budget by almost $8,000 even with the additional money to pay for the part-time position.