Skelly and City of Ogdensburg Settle Apartment Assessment Problem | St. Lawrence County

OGDENSBURG – The legal proceeding regarding the valuation of the former Washington School property that was turned into apartments by the mayor of Ogdensburg is now settled.

On Tuesday, City Manager Stephen P. Jellie issued a press release saying that Mayor Jeffrey M. Skelly’s lawsuit regarding his property at 616 Rensselaer Ave., the former Washington school, is now complete.

“The City and Mr. Skelly have agreed to an assessment of $555,000 for the 2020 and 2021 tax years and $785,000 for the 2022 tax year,” Mr. Jellie wrote.

Mr Skelly’s issue with his raised valuation on the property sparked a written nomination for mayor. He was elected in the fall of 2019. Skelly had initiated a process under Section 7 of the Property Tax Act, which allows residents to challenge their assessments.

According to the press release, Skelly’s assessment at 616 Rensselaer Ave. went from $80,000 to $785,000 in a single year.

According to earlier reports, Mr. Skelly argued that the $785,000 was above fair market value and wanted the assessment reduced to $363,000.

Mr. Skelly was represented by attorney Mark F. Snider of Snider & Smith LLP, Massena.

Mr. Jellie said the city spent about $15,000 in legal and professional fees “to settle this matter.”

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