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Posted on: September 24, 2019

[ARCHIVED] LEGISLATURE PASSES ASSESSMENT BILL OF RIGHTS

After announcing a series of reforms called the “Assessment Bill of Rights” earlier this summer, Legislator Steve Rhoads and the Majority Caucus of the Nassau County Legislature are proud to announce the legislative passage of these bills to make the County Executive’s error riddled assessment process fairer and more transparent.

The measures were passed on a party-line vote.


The bills now go to the County Executive for her signature.


Early this month, the County Executive signed the first two bills included in the package, including a local law that compels the Department of Assessment to release of the algorithm used to calculate property values and a bill that mandates that the county send residents written notices of the county’s responses to tax grievances.


“Every day, I speak to residents who are confused by the Reassessment conducted by the County Executive and concerned about the potentially serious impact it will have on their property taxes,” Legislator Rhoads said. “That is a direct result of an assessment process that was shrouded in secrecy and riddled with errors. The Assessment Bill of Rights which passed the Legislature today was designed to make the assessment process fairer and more transparent, and property owners deserve nothing less. I urge the County Executive to put politics aside and join with us by signing these bills into law for the sake of Nassau taxpayers.”


This package of bills passed by the committees included:


1) Legislation forcing the Administration to send out new tax impact notices so that residents know exactly what they will pay with the new assessed values and the proposed five-year phase in.

2) Restrictions on unnecessarily intrusive property inspections by the Department of Assessment. When a resident contacts the county about an error in the records regarding their home, the Department of Assessment will no longer be able to condition an inspection of the specific characteristic at issue upon the homeowner’s consent to a full inspection of the entire house.

3) A limit on the ability of the County Executive to change the level of assessment. County Executives have repeatedly manipulated this fraction to avoid the New York State cap on assessment increases.

4) Legislation requiring the County Assessor to hold multiple hearings throughout the county, including, one in each town and city, to answer questions from residents. Up until the present, the County Assessor has refused to hold town hall forums to answer the residents’ concerns and questions.

5) A law requiring the County Assessor reside in Nassau County. This legislation is a reaction to the current Assessor, David Moog, who does not live within the County, and does not feel the effects of his decisions. This law will take effect on July 1, 2020 or upon the vacancy of the office by the current Assessor.

6) A law requiring the Department of Assessment dedicate a phone line for people to call in with questions or concerns, which phone line must have a live person answering the phone between the hours of 9 AM and 4:45 PM on days the county is open. Further, the Department must prepare a procedure for documenting the residents who call in.

 

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