Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the retirement of Dutchess County Real Property Tax Director Kathleen Myers. Mrs. Myers has served Dutchess County nearly 38 years including more than 7 years as the Department Head for the Real Property Tax Service Agency.
“Kathy Myers has led the Real Property Tax Service Agency through tremendous advancements in technology to better serve our residents and the many businesses and government offices who rely on the services of Real Property Tax,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Her collaborative work style, both with other county agencies and local municipalities, has led to improved services and operations. Kathy’s grace and poise in all that she does will be greatly missed.”
Kathy Myers began her public service career with the Real Property Tax Service Agency in 1973, when she started as a Record Clerk. Soon after, she held positions in Tax Mapping and was promoted to Tax Map Supervisor. Thereafter she accepted a position in administration as a Real Property Information System Specialist. Ultimately, she was appointed Director of the Agency by County Executive Steinhaus in May, 2003.
As Real Property Tax Director, Mrs. Myers has been responsible for overseeing the functions of the Real Property Tax Service Agency including the maintenance of tax maps, corrections of tax errors and computation of county and town tax rates. The maps are critical to local assessors to assist towns, cities, villages, schools and special tax districts. The agency is an important resource to local assessment offices. It provides critical services related to appraisals, property sales, revaluation projects, the sale of tax delinquent properties and the preparation and distribution of tax and assessment rolls.
Under Mrs. Myers’ leadership, the Real Property Tax Service Agency (RPT) worked in partnership with the County’s Office of Computer Information Systems (OCIS) to develop the very popular ParcelAccess which provides residents, property owners, and professionals with on-line access to map-based parcel and assessment information one of the many e-Government applications available on the County’s website, http://www.dutchessny.gov/. This online tool was introduced in 2006 as one of County Executive Steinhaus’ e-Government initiatives. ParcelAccess is utilized by thousands of users, with an average of 650,000 pages accessed each month. Numerous enhancements have been made in recent years, thanks to the cooperative efforts of RPT, OCIS and local municipalities. Some of the newest features of ParcelAccess include:
Property Tax Estimator allows users to estimate property tax based on county, town/village and school tax rates by inputting the sale price (or estimated market value), municipality and school district.
Property Photos are now available for properties in ten municipalities. Thanks to collaborative efforts with town assessors more than 12,000 photos of property structures are accessible online.
Advanced Search Tools allow users to easily perform county-wide searches, residential sales searches and residential assessment searches.
Mrs. Myers also oversaw the redesign of the County & Town tax bill in 2008, again in partnership with OCIS, updating the format to make the statement simpler and easier to read and understand for county property taxpayers.
Mrs. Myers is a member of the Dutchess County Assessor’s Association, the New York State Assessor’s Association and the NYS Real Property Tax Director’s Association where she served as the regional coordinator. She has served on the NYS Real Property Tax Administration Committee, the NYS Real Property System Governance Group, the Dutchess County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board as well as the County’s Merit Award Board, the Lease Negotiating Team and as co-chair of the GIS Executive Committee.
Mrs. Myers said, “I have been blessed with a long and fulfilling career with Dutchess County and a dedicated staff. It has been an amazing experience to see the changes in technology and how much more efficiently we operate today as a result of innovative thinking. I am grateful to County Executive Steinhaus for the opportunity to serve as Real Property Tax Director. It has truly been a pleasure to work with so many dedicated and talented people at the county and state level, as well as the municipalities, particularly the local assessors.”
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “We will miss Kathy and wish her the very best in retirement.”
Mrs. Myers officially retires today, but will return on a temporary basis over the coming weeks to assist with the consolidation of the Real Property Tax Service Agency into the Department of Finance. This realignment is part of County Executive Steinhaus’ consolidation plan, combining nine county departments into four, to better position Dutchess County government for the future and keep the property tax levy frozen for 2011.