County projections: 53% of Nassau homeowners to see property tax increases this year
Homeowners across Nassau County are due for changes to their property taxes, with thousands set to see hefty hikes.
New county projections show 205,000 homes, about 53% of all homes, will see tax hikes beginning in October. The projections also show more than 177,000 property owners receiving a tax reduction. The projections are based on County Executive Curran's proposal to phase in the reassessment plan over five years.
Among the towns expected to see an increase include Plainview, Jericho, Old Westbury, Roslyn Heights, Bethpage, Farmingdale and Hicksville. Towns expected to see tax decreases include Hempstead, Uniondale, New Cassel, Westbury and Roosevelt.
A spokesperson for Curran says she developed the Taxpayer Protection Plan to smooth out and phase in changes, protecting homeowners from an immediate and full increase in taxes. The phase-in plan was approved by the state.
Mike Margolis, of Plainview, is among the thousands due to see a hike.
"Laura Curran's plan totally will make my family have to sell their home," says Margolis. He says he pays $42,000 in taxes, but claims he should be paying around $23,000.
Margolis was among dozens who attended a hearing Wednesday night to speak out the reassessment.
A spokesperson for Curran said, "The phase-in plan was approved by the state but has been stalled and politicized by the Republican-controlled County Legislature for 10 months."
Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello says he and other legislators have reservations about the plan.
"We have not been stalling," he says. "We've been asking them to give us as much correct information as possible."
Nicolello says the legislature will vote on the phase-in plan by June in order for October 2020 tax bills to go out.