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.

This month, Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn) will host a workshop on How to Challenge Your Assessment for homeowners.

The meetings will take place in Roslyn on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bryant Library, 2 Paper Mill Rd. and in Port Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 24, also from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Port Washington Library, One Liberty Drive.

Joining him will be representatives from the Assessment Review Commission who, with Legislator Wink, will explain the assessment, how to challenge it and how the process works. Applications will be provided and are available online at: http:/www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/ARC/forms.html

For additional information or questions, please call Legislator Wink at 571-6211.

-Joe Scotchie contributed to this article.

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