Written by George Maragos Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00
Home prices fluctuate annually throughout Nassau County due to market conditions. In some cases, the price fluctuations may be uneven within the same area or amongst individual homes. The annual property re-assessment process, from the creation of the tentative roll to the end of the grievance process, is intended to deliver a final roll, which is as fair as possible, and free of errors. The grievance part of the process is intended to give homeowners the opportunity to point out and correct any errors in their individual assessment.
Under recent changes, the 2012/2013 roll will be frozen for the next three years. However, homeowners can continue to file annual grievances if they are able to establish errors in assessment or establish other facts demonstrating that the assessment is incorrect, such as a change in the condition of the home, or other newly discovered facts that indicate an incorrect assessment. This freezing of the roll, together with other enhancements, such as incorporating prior homeowner settlements and resolving most grievances prior to the final roll, will progressively improve assessment fairness and will eliminate the need for the county to refund taxes paid by correcting assessments before the roll is final.
Last year approximately 102,355 homeowners (28%) appealed their property assessments. Approximately 85% of these filers received an aggregate assessment value reduction of 13%. Most of these homeowners appealed because they either had received an increase in assessment or had no change in their assessment value from their prior year during a declining real estate market. According to the Department of Assessment, the “overwhelming” majority of the grievance petitions filed for the 2012/13 tentative roll were presented and evaluated based on “comparables” (when a homeowner compares his/her property to that of a neighbor).
Homeowners can appeal personally or they can retain a representative. In 2012, individuals who self-filed received reduction settlements in 92.1% of the instances, while those that used professional representatives received reduction settlements in 84.6% of instances. Both groups were also comparable in terms of a weighted average reduction with about 9.5% for self-filers and 11.1% for those represented. Consequently, there is no significant difference in success rate between a homeowner who files a grievance personally and one who uses a professional representative.
Given the above results, the Comptroller recommends that homeowners who have NOT filed a grievance during the last two years should file to allow the County to take a second look in order to ensure that their homes are valued the same as those that have already filed their grievances. The best method to appeal is on the basis of comparing your assessment to your neighbors and on the condition of your home.
To self-file a grievance simply go to https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/wps51/portal/AROW by the dateline of May 1,2013.
Connect with Nassau County Comptroller Maragos Online: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Comptroller/index.html.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00
Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, nearly 2,000 military veterans and Gold Star families in Levittown and Island Trees will have to wait for their tax break until next year.
Both the Levittown and Island Trees school districts are among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, trustees in both districts voted unanimously to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.
Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00
In response to the criticism from the community over the proposed sale of 11.3 acres of school district property housing the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow school facilities, the Island Trees Board of Education has revealed the details of an $18 million proposal to develop housing for seniors (age 55 and up).
“People should be aware of the whole story,” said Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy. “There is this perception that [the board] acted hastily... It was not just a quick decision over chump change.”
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
Kaitlyn Gerdes and Kelly Gerdes, seniors at MacArthur High School in the Levittown School District, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing soccer on the college level at Hofstra University this fall. They will each pursue a degree in exercise science.
Both girls are co-captains of the varsity soccer team and received All-County designations this fall. As sophomores, the twins assisted their team in winning the county, Long Island and New York State championship titles. As a junior, Kaitlyn was designated as an All-
Class player, while Kelly garnered an All-Class designation in her junior year and has been named an All-Long Island and All-Conference player. Kaitlyn and Kelly also play for the Farmingdale United travel soccer team and are peer leaders at their school.
— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
An international soccer conference featuring the legendary Pelé is coming to the local area. Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics is at Hofstra University in Hempstead through April 13.
“Pelé transformed and transcended the game of soccer,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “While the world first came to know him for extraordinary athletic feats, his soccer career was, in many respects, simply a prelude to an extraordinary life of service as a philanthropist and advocate. He understands the power and responsibility his soccer legacy carries, and has used it to improve the lives of others.”
Members of the Long Island Junior Soccer League are invited to join the conference as a guest and at no charge on Saturday, April 12 at Hofstra University. Panels and discussions on Saturday will include experts in coaching, leagues and sports media and were designed with the soccer enthusiast in mind.