Nassau leaders call county’s assessment system broken

Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads, who is chairing the Committee on Assessments, says he found disparities in the reassessment system.

News 12 Staff

Feb 15, 2022, 11:21 PM

Updated 831 days ago

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Nassau Executive Bruce Blakeman was joined by other officials Tuesday in calling the county’s assessment system broken.
Plainview homeowner Tim Conner says property reassessment is “another whole nightmare.”
“The taxes are way too expensive,” Conner says.
Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips announced she will begin an independent audit that will examine the system and then recommend improvements that she says will ensure the accuracy of property taxes.
“I’d love to say that we are going to have a report in the next six months, but again, it depends on what we find,” Phillips says.
Nassau officials say they know the reassessment has been unfair because in 2021, a total of 60% of homeowners grieved their taxes.
“The only relief people have is to grieve their taxes and they’re doing that,” Blakeman says. “It will take time to deliver an assessment system that is fair and balanced.”
Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads, who is chairing the Committee on Assessments, says he found disparities in the reassessment system.
He found a $7.7 million home in Sands Point only paid $1,200 in taxes in 2020-2021 and $88,000 the year before.
“How is that possible?” Rhoads asked. “It’s not, it’s not possible that the system is fair, it’s not possible that the system is transparent.”


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