MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Some people in Westchester County will be working overtime after 2,000 tax bills were lost.
The Mount Kisco tax office says the bills were sent out on May 31, but apparently were never delivered to the taxpayers.
Receiver of Taxes Joann Cerretani told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane “you gotta do what you gotta do” and they’ve sent out another set of bills.
The tax department’s two person staff will likely open on Saturday, June 29 at 7 a.m. and stay open as late as 8 p.m. on Monday, July 1, the due date, to accept tax payments in person.
Mount Kisco Treasurer Robert Wheeling was tapping his feet at the printer’s office on Tuesday morning.
“Yeah I had six trays of tax bills in the back seat and I was here probably around a little after 11,” he told Murnane.
“Not usually something that is not part of the process generally?” asked Murnane.
“No, not part of the process generally, correct,” he said.
The village believes there’s no way to get a waiver of New York State’s end of the month deadline. The United States Postal Service has apologized and will reimburse postal and printing fees, but village staffers will pay a price in time and fatigue.
“We came up with a plan to address it as quickly as possible,” he said. “I’d say, overall, the community has been pretty understanding.”
While some taxpayers may find themselves apoplectic, Village Manager Jim Palmer told Murnane he senses no anger.
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