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Tell Us: Tax Assessment Errors

An appeals court has restored the County Guarantee for tax assessment errors. Who should pay?

A state appeals court has given the responsibility to make good on tax assessment errors back to Nassau County. 

Wednesday's decision overturned decision by a lower court that would have shifted the burden to school districts and local municipalities.

The so-called county guarantee has been a hot potato since the Nassau County legislature voted in 2010 to repeal it.

County officials have argued that they should not be held liable for assessments, noting that only one other county has to pay refunds.

But school districts and the Town of North Hempstead sued and argued that a shift will cause taxes to go up.

We want to know what you think. Should the county or the school districts pay off tax refunds on assessment errors?

Tell us in the comments.

Arguendo March 03, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Whose fault is it? Who should pay? "The Department of Assessment is responsible for developing fair and equitable assessments for all residential and commercial properties in Nassau County on an annual basis. Nassau County’s assessment roll includes over 423,000 properties with a value of $264 billion. It is the second largest assessing entity in the State of New York after New York City. The Department of Assessment collects and records relevant residential, commercial and industrial property information. We validate over 20,000 building permits each year by confirming all new construction and including the new value on the next assessment roll. The department maintains property records, tax maps, answers public inquiries, assists the public through its outreach program, and processes applications for property tax exemptions and the Basic and Enhanced STAR programs for qualifying Nassau County homeowners."

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