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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Letters to the Editor: East Rockaway, Lynbrook
(Page 5 of 6)
Yes, school districts and other jurisdictions raised tax rates, and these increases, plus changing assessments — some up, some down — can, as you noted, produce large tax increases on particular properties, even those with no assessment change. Further, reductions in commercial assessments ordered by courts or negotiated under fear that court-ordered assessments will be even lower than the negotiated ones can produce significant increases in the share of taxes paid by all homeowners together.
Historically, government officials have attempted to keep homeowners’ taxes lower by increasing commercial assessments. However, since state law mandates a grievance process, commercial property owners routinely present their independent assessments and financials to the court to try to show that their property is not worth as much as its assessment. They often win, thus transferring the burden back to homeowners. Of course, homeowners can and do initiate grievances, but they probably do so in smaller percentages than commercial property owners.
This is not a broken system. It is the system in New York and the county can’t change it. This leaves the county to decide whether to settle grievances sooner or later. If later, the county incurs a huge bill for the retroactive refunds that are an inherent part of the process. Unfortunately, the County Charter, written at a time when property taxes, particularly school taxes, were far less of a burden, requires the county to pay the school districts’ share of such retroactive payments.
This provision of the charter, which exists nowhere else in New York state, makes no sense and must be changed. What’s the logic of burdening the county (10 percent of total property taxes) with the school districts’ (60 percent-plus of total property taxes) share of retroactive refunds?


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I would like to comment on the vile, disgusting and there aren't words to describe how awful it was mailer that we all got which crossed the line from politics to slander. What a shame that some people thought a certain person couldn't win on his merits so they or he used to unfortunate death of a child to smear his opponent. I won't jump in the mud with these thugs, they know who they are. Playing "who me?" Doesn't work, we've seen your fingerprints on elections before. All I can say is it disgusted me and I hope all moral people will stand up and say "enough already". Win on your record, not on how deep in the garbage you can burrow.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 | Report this

Francis Becker and Mangano should know everything there is to know regarding unmitigated disasters, they approved every budget submitted in by Tom Gullotta, they assisted in driving Nassau County into bankruptcy.

Monday, November 4, 2013 | Report this

Wouldn't it be interesting to see a support letter of these guys by someone whose livelihood does NOT depend on my taxes?

Saturday, November 23, 2013 | Report this
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