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Geneva property owners file grievances

The next big showdown over the lead and arsenic soil contamination in the former Geneva Foundry neighborhoods may be over property assessments.

The city’s Board of Assessment Review must make decisions on 53 property assessment grievances filed Tuesday.

Most were filed by property owners within the so-called foundry contamination zone on the city’s northeast side, according to the Foundry Action Committee.

The committee’s Hannah Dickinson said the city assessor did not take the contamination into account when setting this year’s assessments.

“Residents of the Foundry zone were dismayed to see their tax assessments go up in the same year they learned that their homes are contaminated by toxic, heavy metals,” Dickinson said in a press release.

One of those filing a grievance is Samuel Cappiello.

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