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Nassau County Comptroller’s Report: April 12, 2013

Do-It-Yourself Grievance

Homeowners who have not filed property assessment appeals in the last two years should file prior to May 1, 2013 deadline

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

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

Calendar

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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