Elliott named new assessor

The search is at an end and the town now has a new assessor. Last week the Board of Estimate and Taxation officially hired Lauren J. Elliott for the position, replacing Ted Gwartney, who retired earlier this year.

In making the decision, the BET cited what they called Ms. Elliott’s, “… wealth of professional experience in the assessment and valuation of properties and property tax issues.”

For close to two years she has managed her own firm specializing in regional property tax consulting throughout New England. In that role, her responsibilities included analyzing real property and personal property tax assessments, negotiating multistate assessment, and providing recommendations to clients for tax planning. Before then she worked for Joseph C. Sansone, a nationally recognized full service property tax firm where she was Director of the Northeast Region and was responsible for real estate and personal property tax appeals for the Northeast Region. She also has served as an assessor for Canaan, Salisbury and Goshen in Connecticut and in Portsmouth, N.H. between 1993 and 2007. In that position, she directed all assessments of real estate, personal property and motor vehicles and implemented and oversaw town-wide revaluations.

The BET also noted her work as an attorney, saying she had a “proven track record in litigation of ad valorem taxation and cases involving state and local government and has served as an expert witness on property tax issues for the past more than 20 years.”

The BET formally voted on Ms. Elliott’s hiring at its May 21 meeting. She will officially take over on June 25.

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