Nassau Residents Upset About Property Tax Bill

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — The deadline to pay Nassau County’s new school property tax bill is looming.

In the county, school taxes account for more than 60 percent of property tax bills. But with dramatic declines in assessed values of homes, school districts must raise tax rates for everyone.

78-year-old retiree Dan Carroll, of Farmingdale, and his wife received a whopping 25 percent tax increase.

“They’re hurting people who can ill afford it,” Carroll told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan, “it’s terrible they’re punishing the seniors who have no children in school.”

The Carroll’s downsized to a Farmingdale condo to save on property and school taxes, but their bill  skyrocketed. They thought it was a mistake.

“I’m going broke,” Carroll said.

County officials are scrambling to fix what they called a “broken” tax system. Amid tax roll error complaints, County Executive Ed Mangano fired the chief assessor, Ted Jankowski, on Friday.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reports on property tax assessment in Nassau County

On Monday in Mineola, Mangano took the first step in finding a new one by announcing a transition team, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.

Gregory Hild was named the chair of that transition team and is charged with the duty of reviewing the assessment department and finding a new assessor.

Hild retired after 26 years as Smithtown’s chief tax assessor.

Mangano asked county residents to be patient in addition to ordering a change.

Beginning in 2012, there will be a freeze on assessments and revaluation of homes and businesses every 4 years, rather than every year.

Property owners have until the end of the month to pay the new taxes, but they have until November 10th before they’re assessed with penalties.

  • cinemapete

    The problem in Nassau County is a reflection of a state, city, and municipalities that have gone wild with making up the shortfall with property taxes. Homeowners throughout the state are leaving in droves thanks to the property tax issue. Many home owners have even lost their houses as a result on their inability to pay property taxes. We not only have government that does not represent us but we have govenment that is immoral. It’s immoral when it knows there’s a better way and continues to cause homeowners to loose their property or gouge them on taxes. Assemblywoman Liz Kruger (Manhattan) put forth new legislation to change the process for property tax from the present methods (whcih can vary from municipality to municiplaity) to a system that would limit property tax based on income – the legislation is known as the “Circuit Breaker” for property tax. The State Assembly shelved the legislation with no vote and instead they’re trying to say they are implementing property tax ‘caps’. Caps do nothing to limit increases and are subject to minipulation in favor of the municipalities. Both Mayor Bloomberg and the Governor are against the “Circuit Breaker” legisation because they know it would severely restrict their ability to tax homeowners out of their properties. Mayor Bloomberg of NYC is especially to blame for the high cost of living in NYC because he raised property taxes twice so far as mayor. ConEdison who supplies gas and electricity to the city for the most part had an insert over one year ago saying, in effect, ‘… sorry but we have to raise utility rates because of increases in property taxes’. Renters think they are unaffected by property tax and need to be educated that it effecte everyone the lives and does business in the state. We’re all paying for it one way or the other but no one complains about it. I forget who said to the effect that a society get the government it deserves.

  • ed

    Citizens WITHOUT children should _not_ pay the education portion of local
    property taxes. You want children? PAY FOR THEM!

    Why should i pay for others to educate their children?

    Taxes in the USA are another form of welfare burden.
    Overpaid politicians, city workers and budgets out of control.
    WHY should we have to move?

    Citizens are powerless to fight this abuse of power.
    Look what happens when you stop paying taxes: prison & seizure of
    personal property.

    Put financial responsibility back into our political systems.

  • john joseph

    Down here in Texas seniors’ school tax burdens on their homes are ‘frozen’ at the amount they pay when they turn 65. As long as they don’t make any structural (property tax value adjusting) changes to their home, their ‘hard dollar’ amounts that they pay do not go up.
    Perhaps they should consider that type of format in Nassau county.

    • Ally

      Yes and that is why I will be moving back to Texas. You cannot afford a home here in New York.

  • Greg

    This is not NEW news this has been a problem LONG before I was even living. This county needs an INCOME TAX and abolish the Property Tax!

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