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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Curran Once Again Calls on Republican Majority in the Legislature to Quit Stalling & Pass Tax Plan

Residents are encouraged to view updated Taxpayer Protection Plan statements now available on

mynassauproperty.com


Without passing the Taxpayer Protection Plan, the Republican Majority will leave more than half of 

homeowners with immediate increases in taxes


MINEOLA, NY – More than 10 months after the New York State Legislature approved her Taxpayer Protection Plan, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is once again urging the Republican Majority in the County Legislature to stop stalling and finally call this crucial legislation for a vote. The Taxpayer Protection Plan is a property tax exemption that will effectively spread out changes in class one property taxes due to the County’s long overdue reassessment over a five-year period. This phase-in plan is part of Curran’s three-step approach to provide property tax relief for homeowners. The approach has included:


  1. Restoring fairness and accuracy to an unfair and corrupted assessment system that had been broken for nearly a decade;
  2. Lowering taxes for overassessed property owners while still preserving everyone’s rights to grieve their property assessments; and
  3. Easing the tax burdens of this process by fighting to pass the Taxpayer Protection Plan that phases in changes from the broken system.


“I hear it all the time, taxes are way too high,” said County Executive Laura Curran. “We owe our taxpayers relief and protection while we restore accuracy and fairness to the property assessment system. After a decade of doing nothing but support a corrupted system - wrecking County finances - we need our Republican Legislators to finally do something that will support taxpayers. Stop stalling and stop creating anxiety for homeowners and finally pass my Taxpayer Protection Plan.”


To provide transparency for taxpayers as County Executive Laura Curran continues the significant progress made to fix the prior Administration’s corrupted property assessment system, the Department of Assessment has prepared new Taxpayer Protection Plan statements for every class one residential property owner.


The updated statements, available on mynassauproperty.com, demonstrate how Curran’s Taxpayer Protection Plan will hypothetically impact property taxes for the 2020-2021 tax year, and protect residents from immediate and full increases in taxes. Although the plan has been authorized by the State, it must be passed by the County Legislature where the Republican Majority has been stalling and failing to vote on it for 307 days.


The estimates included in the updated Taxpayer Protection Plan statements are based on the latest and most accurate information possible, including County, town, special district and school district levies for the most recently completed tax year of 2019-2020. The estimates in the statements also include the following factors:


• eligibility for tax exemptions including Senior Citizen, STAR, Enhanced STAR and Veterans;

• successful grievances with the Assessment Review Commission; and

• the impact of the County Executive’s Taxpayer Protection Plan.


The County’s phase-in plan has been modeled off similar successful plans in municipalities across New York State, including the Town of Greenburgh in Westchester. 


In addition, commercial property owners already have a five-year phase-in of assessment increases. Nassau’s class one residential property owners would receive the same protection for 2020-21 increases with the passage of the Taxpayer Protection Plan.


Curran recommends residents contact their local Legislator by calling 516-571-6200, ext. 7 to urge them to pass this important legislation immediately.