Friday, January 25, 2008
Assessor John Speidel heads for Bedford
After serving as Carlisle's Assessor since April 2002, John Speidel has announced his resignation, effective February 1. He has accepted a position working for the Town of Bedford. At the Finance Team (FinTeam) meeting on Tuesday, he explained that the new opportunity offered both a shorter commute and a career advancement. He will have, "a bigger staff, more money, and my own office." Bedford is almost three times larger, with roughly 5,800 properties compared with Carlisle's 1,900. It also has a larger proportion of commercial property, a field he is interested in.
Tim Hult, chair of the Board of Selectmen, praised Speidel's work for Carlisle, "You've done a great job for us." He thanked Speidel for his patience in answering FinTeam questions about real estate and new building growth and added, "We really appreciate the work you've done."
Speidel grew up in Bedford and lived there until about a year ago when he and his family moved to Billerica.
The Assessors Office is in the midst of handling real estate tax abatement requests and about a dozen have been received to date. Speidel noted that the next major real estate revaluation required by the state will not be due for two years, though the town may need to update valuations sooner if housing prices change by more than 10%. This was the case last year for "low-end" properties around $550,000, which were adjusted accordingly. Few homes are in this price range, but quite a few are valued around $800,000 with the average Carlisle home value currently about $825,000, he reported.
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