Every year Nassau County residents are allowed - by law - the opportunity to file a grievance if they believe the county has over-assessed their property.
Individuals who wish to challenge their assessment must file an application with the County's Assessment Review Commission (ARC).
The ARC is an independent administrative tribunal dedicated to providing fair and accurate determinations of taxpayers' requests for review and reduction of assessments. ARC reduces assessments that it finds overvalued, corrects errors in tax class designation and reviews denials of exemptions. ARC cannot increase assessments.
To find out what your property is assessed at, visit the Nassau County Department of Assessment's website at www.mynassauproperty.com or call 571-1500.
Information is available year-round on the Assessment Review Commission's website, www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/ARC/index.html. The online appeal system, AROW - Assessment Review On the Web (www.nassaucountyny.gov/wps51/portal/AROW/) allows homeowners to perform an automated search of recent sales in your area to determine if your home is overvalued.
The deadline to file a grievance is March 2. Nassau County does not charge a filing fee for a grievance.
Each year, Legislator Dave Mejias (D-Farmingdale) hosts Annual Tax Saving Workshops at libraries throughout the 14th Legislative District, for which he serves.
"It is important that every resident have the opportunity to challenge their assessment," said Legislator Mejias. "Residents should also be aware that when they challenge their assessment, it can never go up, only stay the same or be lowered. In an effort to bring government to the people I invite an expert from the Department of Assessment down to the local libraries each year to teach residents how to challenge their assessments without having to hire a lawyer."
Senator Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) reminds residents of their right to grieve their property assessments each year also.
"Anyone who believes that their assessment is too high should consider filing a grievance application with the County's Assessment Review Commission," said Senator Fuschillo in a September press release.
Residents can also find information and application forms online at www.senatorfuschillo.com or by calling his office at 882-0630.
For more information, email at ARC@nassaucounty.gov or call 571-3214.