The Daily Star
---- — As the former city assessor for the city of Oneonta for the last 27 years, I’ve been planning to retire for the last couple of years. My decision to “call it a day” was not an easy one, because I loved my job and I am going to miss it. Nevertheless, I believe that the time has come to fade away. My last day in the “dungeon” was Sept. 6.
I had the honor of working under four amazingly capable mayors; but my deepest appreciation rests on Mayor David Brenner who was always there as a mentor and friend. I am leaving a wonderful career behind; and I think that I gave it a good run. I have tried to be as fair, considerate and, at times, compassionate of the taxpayer. Conversely, I believe that the taxpayer has returned that fairness, consideration, and compassion back to me tenfold.
I have always based my decisions in the best interest of our city; never used the process to punish or reward; and had the character and courage to do what in my heart was the right thing to do. I’d like to believe that I have built and kept a reputation of friendly openness, integrity, and professionalism in the Office of City Assessor.
As everything in life, time goes on and eventually comes to an end … the sun goes down, the tide recedes, and the music stops … but for every joy that passes, something beautiful remains … and that’s all of you, the wonderful people of Oneonta that I had the pleasure to meet, and assist. Although one never forgets the respected colleagues and the true friends, I trust that I can see some of you every so often; and I can only hope that I can see some of you again.
God bless you all…
Mario R. Arevalo