LOCAL ASSEMBLYMAN PROPOSES REFORMS TO PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT SYSTEM
February 28, 2019 -- Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,Ref-Glen Head) announced in a press release this past week that he has introduced a bill that would direct the Department of Taxation and Finance to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of having the local towns take over the property assessment and grievance process in Nassau County, as is done in most of New York State. Nassau and Resselaer are the only counties that conduct their own assessments, and as a result are responsible for handling grievances and their resulting repayment.
The change, Montesano's office said, "would be aimed to fix the current problems Nassau County faces in getting properties assessed and the methods they are using, which are questionable."
Mr. Montesano explained that "houses are already ridiculously expensive and so are the property taxes that come with them. Now, with the upcoming countywide reassessment, homeowners are fearful that their property taxes will spike even higher, which isn’t right or fair."
Residents already, he said, are "fleeing Long Island and New York in general" as a result of high taxes.
The Assemblyman continued that he believes that "the results from this proposed study will find that shifting the assessment onto the towns will prevent the property tax increase everyone is worried will follow this reassessment."
"No one loses by conducting this study," he said. "It’s a great way to see if it is a feasible solution.”
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