LI Homeowners: Property Tax System Needs Help

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The Yammamoto’s say they are prime examples of how the assessment system in Nassau County, Long Island does not work.

The family put their Roslyn Estates home up for sale after they could no longer afford the $26,000 a year property tax.

“I cannot afford to stay in the house. I cannot afford the taxes,” Mr. Yammamoto said.

The Yammamoto’s are not alone. Many people on Long Island believe that the property taxes are not reflective of what their homes are worth.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

Although the county claimed in its assessment the home was worth $1.2 million, the Yammamoto’s say they can’t even sell the home for $800,000 so they challenged the assessment and have been waiting for months for an answer and hopefully lower property taxes.

“I didn’t get any result and I don’t know what to do,” Mrs. Yammamoto said.

Legislators Dave Denenberg and Wayne Wink are calling for a complete overhaul of the system.

An overhaul would be good news for Ed Raboy. Raboy thought it was a good thing when he challenged his property tax assessment and won.

“The hearing officer awarded me an assessment, which was down by $76,000. I am still waiting for this assessment, which was awarded to me in October of last year. It is still not reflected on any of my paperwork,” he said.

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  • betterthanzero

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  • fnk b

    were is the class action law suit the people verse nassau county

  • Trishe

    See NYC!!! What is happening in Nassau and Suffolk will happen here. I say, GET RID OF THE UNIONS!! I am tired of paying taxes so that these public service employees get a hall way pass.

  • Robert

    The civil servants are bleeding the taxpayers on Long Island. Cops teachers, administrators, librarians, etc.. Long Island is now doomed !

  • John Ash

    School taxes are out of control. Durint the tax vot you’ll see the litte soccer Moms saying don’t hurt the children they need after school activities. Really! Well don’t hurt the adult. I have no children but I still pay for my neighbors kids schooling at the sam leve as those with kids. WHY IS THAT!

    If people with kids had to carry the burden of their kids costs you would see those additional programs vanish in an instant.

    I didn’t have after school programs and I turned out as a successful adult. VOTE THE SCHOOL BUDGETS DOWN unless you are a complete moron like most of the little soccer Moms on Long Island.

    • Tommy

      You said it brother!!!

  • CM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the bulk of Mr. Y’s taxes are school taxes…. That is what is killing us more so then the county tax…. I pay almost 7,000 a year to school taxes and 3000 to the county about.. As you can see the bulk is the school and the teachers never give up anything, they take it away from the kids rather then make any concessions…

  • Mason Jefferson

    Words move Nations MasonJefferson . comm

  • REP

    Let’s not forget the people we voted for agreed to these union benefit/salary contracts.

    • glen Pierce

      Nice try Mr. Union man. We had no choice. The people negotiating with you cave in because it is not their dime. Nice try.

  • industry

    Our public officals are COMPLETELY out of touch.

    The arrogance and blatant elitism of local politicians is
    simply disgusting.

    There is NO more public participation in local policy making and
    government spending is out-of-control. The government UNIONS
    are breaking the bank for everyday citizens and their attitude

    Our Government is BROKEN.
    Our Government cannot be trusted.
    Washington talks about Democracy for the Mid East nations.

  • jc

    the real issue is spending- nassau and suffolk are in denial- they need public workers to lose the right to unionize and collective bargain- that is the only solution- there is no place for unions in public service.

  • Tommy

    That’s what happens when you have teachers and cops making $125K + ridiculous benefits. Welcome to NY!, How are ya?

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