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Last Updated: December 4, 2018
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Property Tax Jumble

By Christine Loring

The Nassau County property tax assessment saga continues with a correction of 60,000 tax impact notices being corrected, and then posted on the county assessment website. The excuse was that preliminary, not final values were used in reassessments on tax bills. Previously, 20,000 assessment disclosures notices had to be redone because assessments were increased by more than the 6 percent allowed by New York State law.

When Nassau County Executive Laura Curran took office she authorized a full reassessment of the county’s more than 400,000 residential and commercial properties. Tax impact statements were expected to be received by December 1st. Curran has reiterated that the assessment roll was dysfunctional and in need of an overhaul.

It appears that the current administration in wanting new tax assessments in place may be rushing the process, and making mistakes, causing confusion among residents. Assessor David Moog stated that reassessments haven’t been done in 15 years. Curran stated that assessments were frozen for 7 years.

The website of The Department of Assessment says it is responsible for developing fair and equitable assessments for all residential and commercial properties in Nassau County on an annual basis. Nassau County’s assessment roll includes over 423,000 properties with a value of $264 billion. It is the second largest assessing entity in the State of New York after New York City. Some of the questions and answers on the website include:

How does the Department of Assessment’s market value estimate affect what I pay in taxes?
If your property’s assessment grows faster than the average assessment of property in the same tax class and tax district, your share of the total tax bill will increase even if there is no change in the district’s budget. But not every assessment increase will produce a higher tax; if the assessments of other properties grow faster than yours, your share of the tax burden will decline.

Does the tax class and taxable assessed value affect my tax bill?
Yes, the tax class determines which rates are applied to your property’s taxable assessed value. A change in your property’s eligibility for exemption may affect the taxable assessed value.

What else affects how much tax I pay?

The budgets set by your school district, town, special districts and the County.

Does the County get more tax revenue when the Department of Assessment increases assessments?
No. The County gets the same amount of revenue, which is set by the County’s budget.

Can I look at the Department of Assessment’s information on my property?
Yes. It is available from the Department of Assessment web site If there are substantial errors in the information about your property, write to the Department of Assessment, 240 Old Country Road, Mineola, NY 11501.

Taxes for village or city purposes and for school purposes are billed separately. The tax rates for all the other taxing jurisdictions in which your property is located are added together and that consolidated tax rate (per hundred) multiplied by the assessment of your property equals your property tax for county, town and special district purposes.
County Executive Curran sent a letter on November 20th to residents stating, among the explanations of the property tax realignment, that the county will not receive one extra dollar in tax with the new reassessments.

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