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Tag Archives: Grievance

How low can you go? Here’s a Clue: RPTL 720(1)

Posted in Assessments, Valuation
  As The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center was gearing up for it’s New Year’s Eve celebration, on December 31, 2014, the Appellate Division (Third Department) handed down a decision in  Village Square of Penna, Inc. v Board of Assessment Review/Town of Colonie. This decision stemmed from the trial court’s September 2013 order granting Petitioner’s (aka,… Continue Reading

It’s Grievance Time?

Posted in Assessments, Assessors, Uncategorized
Surprise! Yeah, it’s grievance time for most towns and some cities in New York (May 28th is “the day”).  Awhile ago we blogged about what to do about your assessment if you think it is unfair or excessive or you’ve been short-changed on an exemption. Now, here’s what not to do. 1. Don’t say that your assessment is too high… Continue Reading

Onondaga County Eliminates Ability to Search Property Tax Database by Property Owner Name

Posted in Assessments, Uncategorized
For many years, county websites across New York State have maintained real property tax information databases that are easily searchable by property owner name, address or tax map parcel number. Searching one of these databases by name would quickly call up a list of all properties owned by that person within the entire county. Recently,… Continue Reading

Nassau Taxpayers Expecting Refunds May Have to Wait Until 2013 for Relief

Posted in Assessments, Assessors, Settlement
On August 8, 2012 Nassau County filed a Notice of Appeal, which stayed Judge Thomas Adams’ Order that required the County to pay property tax refunds within 60 days, or risk having its bank accounts seized. While the County stated it filed the notice of appeal to preserve its rights, the appeal only prolongs the inevitable: the County must return to its… Continue Reading

School Districts Lack Standing to Challenge Assessed Valuation

Posted in Assessments, School Districts, Valuation
New York’s Real Property Tax Law (“RPTL”) provides that “[f]or the purpose of the levy and collection of school taxes, the valuations of real property shall be ascertained from the latest final assessment roll of the city or town.” What if a school district is unhappy with the valuations of real property established by the city or… Continue Reading

Picking Up the Pieces: The Hurricane Irene & Tropical Storm Lee Assessment Relief Act

Posted in Assessments, Assessors
The Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Assessment Relief Act allows  taxing jurisdictions to provide relief to property owners that were “catastrophically impacted” (i.e., property that lost 50% or more of its value) by the aforementioned storms.  This Act is unique because it allows property owners to have their property reassessed on the 2011 assessment roll… Continue Reading

Bottoms Up: Bettering Your Bottom Line By Decreasing Your Property Taxes

Posted in Assessments
 As the state focuses on keeping lights on and doors open to climb out of the recession, entities dependent on ever-decreasing state aid continue to look for ways to operate as funding declines and costs rise. Most municipalities and school districts have already limited spending, downsized staff, shaved operating costs, delayed capital improvements and upgrades, depleted… Continue Reading