Greg Klingler, Warrensburg Sole Assessor since 2008, studies property valuation details on his office computer monitor. Klingler may soon also be serving as assessor for the town of Chester, as the municipality has agreed to share his services, although negotiations remain with officials of both towns concerning salary and hours.
One person may soon be serving as sole assessor for two northern Warren county towns, if plans endorsed by both municipalities’ leaders materialize.
The town boards of Warrensburg and Chester have endorsed the idea of sharing the services of Greg Klingler, now serving as Warrensburg Town Assessor.
At a town board meeting last week, the Warrensburg town board approved sharing Klingler’s services with the town of Chester, if suitable agreements can be worked out with Klingler and the town of Chester.
Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said the board is seeking to work out such agreements before Jan. 1, when the new work arrangement would begin.
Geraghty continued that the Warrensburg council members were expecting that Chester would be paying more than half of Klingler’s salary, because Chester has substantially more land parcels to assess. The town of Warrensburg currently pays Klingler $35,000 per year plus benefits, which Geraghty said amounted to 45 percent of his pay, or $15,750 annually.
“If we can negotiate agreements, this arrangement will save taxpayers money,” Geraghty said.
The Chester town board has been seeking to hire a new assessor since their town’s long-time assessor Paul Maniacek announced in 2011 he planned to retire. Soon after, he and the board reached an agreement that he would work part-time on a temporary basis until a permanent replacement was hired. Several months ago, the town advertised for a full-time assessor and Klingler applied for the post, Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe said.
Geraghty said Klingler has been seeking to earn more, and that a shared assessor arrangement might provide that opportunity, while reaping savings for Warrensburg.
Geraghty and Monroe said that sharing the assessor position between the two towns would save both municipalities on not only the cost of salary, but benefits including retirement and health care – two rising expenses – but also training and travel costs.
Monroe said that until recently, the towns of Chester and Horicon had together paid Maniacek $55,000 per year, splitting the cost. Chester had paid more than half, or between $30,000 and $35,000 he said.
Klingler said Tuesday Aug. 13 that while the town boards of Warrensburg and Chester had both approved the idea of him working for both towns, details of salary, hours and start time had yet to be negotiated.
“The town boards want to go forward, and I think this will move ahead,” he said, noting the towns have similar equalization rates and property values. “It’s a nice arrangement, as the towns are so similar — it’s a natural blend.”
Klingler has served as Warrensburg Sole Assessor since September 2008.
Chester citizens may be getting a bonus out of the arrangement. Klingler is an accomplished photographer, and for years he’s been photographing scenic sites in Warrensburg. He may likewise focus on Chester — if he indeed serves as their assessor.
His scenes of Warrensburg have been published on post cards, which are now available at Rebecca’s Florist, Miller Art & Frame and Rafter J Western World.