In its 2007 assessment, the town went from a value of about $78 million to about $2.8 billion. With such large numbers, said George Davidson, Schenectady County commissioner of finance, a mistake could easily have been made.
Rotterdam resident and former town board member Robert Godlewski said news of the deficit came to light in late November or early December when he came across a Schenectady County resolution about it when he was attending a legislative meeting regarding another issue.
"The thing that caught my eye was the Town of Rotterdam's apportionment was way up, so I did what any taxpayer would do I was trying to understand [the numbers]," said Godlewski.
He said that he doesn't know how the error happened, but he has requested several documents from various sources and officials in the county and the state, but until he receives those documents and figures out exactly what happened, he's not pointing fingers. ""