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Welcome and that you for your question. The issue with these situations is that the owner rarely gets a break. To my dismay I found that once I got involved the Assessors Office had a different attitude. It should not come down to the need to hire an attorney, but in all honesty that seems to make the difference when all other things are equal. It seems very arbitrary who receives satisfaction and who dies not. I represented a County Assessor's Office for years and found the one common factor that worked for owners was having an attorney. http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/contest/contestasmt.htm
You stated that many people are dissatisfied. You may have more strength in numbers. Which county are located in so I can provide a link for attorneys that handle the matters on a regular basis with success and provide FREE consultations?
Are you still with me?