Nassau property owners challenge tax assessments en masse

Nassau County, NY (Wikimedia, Linkedin)
Nassau County, NY (Wikimedia, Linkedin)

More than 80,000 Nassau County property owners challenged their property tax assessments this year — eight times the usual number — following the first countywide reassessment in nearly a decade, according to Newsday.

Assessment appeals were low in previous years because the Assessment Review Commission had for years granted automatic tax reductions to a large number of filers.

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Since the flood of filings, most challenges have been resolved; 13,405 cases remain in the court system. The median assessment reduction was 3 percent.

County Assessor David Moog attributed the remaining backlog in part to the Covid-related closure of courts. The county is facing a $749 million deficit through 2021 because of the pandemic. [Newsday] — Dennis Lynch