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Reassessment

Fighting to make Laura Curran's error riddled assessment more fair and transparent!


Residents deserve a fair and transparent assessment process, not the error-riddled, secretive and confusing process we have now. Taxpayers should be spending evenings and weekends enjoying the Fall weather; helping their children with homework, NOT worrying about their home's assessment.


Residents deserve Better.

 

My common sense legislation will:


  • Require the Department of Assessment dedicate a phone line for people to call in with questions or concerns, and that the phone line must have a live person answering the phone between the hours of 9 AM and 4:45 PM on days the County is open. Further, the Department must prepare a procedure for documenting the residents who call in. My taxes pay for the Department of Assessment. They should have the decency to pick up the phone when I call with a question. 

  • Compel  the Assessment Review Commission send offer notices by mail to homeowners who grieved their taxes, stating whether they have won a reduction and how much. Signed into Law 8/5/19
  • Require the Department of Assessment to disclose the formula/algorithm used to calculate my property’s assessed value.  Signed into Law 8/5/19
  • Force the Administration to send out new tax impact notices so I will know exactly what I will pay with the new assessed value you have given me and with your proposed five-year phase in.  
  • Place restrictions on unnecessarily intrusive property inspections by the Department of Assessment. This comes in reaction to many property owners being wary of challenging their assessment for fear of breaches in their privacy. This law restricts the Department of Assessment from entering homes without the permission of the homeowner, and limits the scope of what inspectors may look at when an assessment is challenged. They are restricted to the items that are being challenged. Trying to get the Department of Assessment to fix their mistake should not subject me to the time and trouble of a full top to bottom home inspection. 
  • Set a limit on the ability of the County Executive to change the level of assessment in order to avoid the New York State law limiting increases in assessed value. This would apply to any assessment roll issued on or after January 1, 2020. The law exists for a reason, and you should respect that.  
  • Require the County Assessor to hold multiple hearings throughout the County, in specific, one in each town and city, to answer questions from residents. These public hearings shall be held within one month of the completion of the assessment roll. At these hearings, any resident present may ask questions of the County Assessor, or make comments. Further, the meetings must be advertised on both the County website, and in the official newspaper at least five days before the hearing. Previously, the County Assessor has attended zero community meetings with residents, and has avoided answering questions. The County Legislators have held multiple meetings in their districts to try make up for the Assessor not doing his job. Someone must make him accountable!  
  • Ensure the Nassau County Assessor resides in Nassau County. This legislation is a reaction to the current Assessor, David Moog, who does not live within the County, and does not feel the effects of his decisions. This law shall take effect on July 1, 2020 or upon the vacancy of the office by the current Assessor.