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October 23, 2016
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Tax consultant slams Bethel assessor; charges bias against weekenders, Jewish property owners

At the meeting, Allen spoke about the matter during public comment, ultimately hoping to make the point that the town was going to lose the cases and should settle before going to trial to save money. But after listening to him for several minutes, supervisor Dan Sturm stopped him and, in a reference to the relatively high number of cases of litigation or threatened litigation the town regularly becomes involved in, said, “You’re threatening litigation. As far as I’m concerned, if you want to sue us the line is over there.”

Board member Vicky Vassmer-Simpson backed him up. She said, “I don’t think this is the proper forum for this presentation. I’m not comfortable with it.”

Board member Denise Frangipane also expressed a reluctance to address the issue at the meeting because she was not familiar with the cases involved and had not read the documents that Allen had brought with him.