Data Recollection FAQs

Will a GAR data collector try to enter my home?

Absolutely not.  All data collection (such as measuring the dimensions of buildings and photographing the front of the house) will be made from outside.  If you are home, the GAR data collector may ask you confirm or correct the data the Town has on the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and the like in your house, but they will not need to enter your house to talk to you.

Can a homeowner refuse to let a GAR data collector enter their property to take outside measurements?

Of course!  If you don’t want a GAR data collector on your property, or if you want to be present when they visit, please call the 800 number on your letter.

How will GAR collect information about a property if they can’t enter it?

They’ll get the best measurements they can using aerial images (like the ones on Google and Bing, but more recent).  GAR will NOT be using drones.

How will I know the person is a GAR Associate?

Homeowners will receive letters in advance notifying them that GAR will be working in their neighborhood.  GAR data collectors will have GAR shirts and photo ID badges in addition to magnetic signs on their vehicles.

What about commercial properties?

The Town completed a data improvement project on commercial properties in 2014.

How do I get more information?

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Laurie Lambertsen, Town Assessor – 518-439-4955 x1101 – llambert@townofbethlehem.org

David VanLuven, Town Supervisor – 518-439-4955 x1164 – dvanluven@townofbethlehem.org

Please see the Data Recollection Process page for a detailed outline of the data improvement process.