“What Assessment Reforms? Mangano Late With Notices; Grievance Claims Backlogged; Residents Forced to Hire Tax Attorneys!”
At a press conference today, Nassau County Legislators Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) and Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn) attacked the Mangano administration's “assessment reform plan’ as a deception perpetrated on all County homeowners. Denenberg cited the county executive’s lack of transparency in the grievance process forces residents to hire tax certiorari attorneys who receive 50% of a resident’s property tax refund.
Leg. Denenberg (D-Merrick) said, “Residents need more critical information regarding assessed value, the result of last year’s grievance and comparable sales the County used to calculate a home’s assessed value. Without information residents are left in the dark. How can a taxpayer grieve his or her assessment if the County doesn’t provide the proposed assessed value, the comparables and the result of last year’s challenges? It’s absurd. With a grievance period of only 8 weeks, taxpayers are being forced to grieve blindly or hire an attorney. Mangano promised reform but all we are getting is regression.” Denenberg was joined by Legislator Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn) for the press conference during which the two elected officials outlined a law they proposed and filed last April that would make the procedures in the grievance process timely, completely transparent and computer user friendly.
Legislator Wink (D-Roslyn) said, “With less than a month left to file a grievance, many residents still have not received their new assessment letter. Additionally, the comparable sales or “comps”, which were always available to the homeowner to use in the grievance process, have been eliminated from the website. By creating this confusion and immobilizing the homeowner, we may see a dramatic spike in the use of tax cert firms to file grievances, ultimately costing the county more money. The County has essentially impeded the process for our residents to file a grievance by reducing both the time period a homeowner has to grieve and the information available to them. This issue goes to the heart of good government and transparency.”
Legislators Denenberg and Wink and thousands of County residents are still waiting for notice from the Department of Assessment stating their homes’ assessed value. With only a few weeks before the grievance deadline, residents are forced to grieve their assessment without knowing their home’s assessment. Moreover, the Department of Assessment’s County website no longer provides residents with the comparable sales used to calculate their assessed value. This basic transparency and critical information is no longer being provided. Furthermore, numerous residents have yet to receive a decision regarding last year’s grievances.
Legislator Denenberg’s and Wink’s proposed legislation includes real solutions to the County’s assessment problems.
Pictured at the press conference, left to right, are Nassau County homeowners Ed Raboy of North Bellmore;
Joseph Andretta of Seaford; Dennis Elkin of Merrick; Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick); Legislator Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn); homeowners Steve Kaplan of Port Washington and Mr. and Mrs. Yamamoto of Roslyn Estates.