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Assessment error could lead to higher taxes in Rotterdam

"Rotterdam will pay more in 2009 because they paid less in 2008, and everyone else in the city and towns who paid more in 2008 will pay less this year as a result," said Davidson. "Over the two years, it balances itself out."

Next year, tax rates should return to normal.

Town Supervisor Steven Tommasone responded to the assessor's mistake by expressing hope for the town's fiscal future.

"I'm very hopeful that for the next few years we'll be in shape fiscally," said Tommasone. "We need to bring in some serious new business and new development [to the town]."

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