You're not alone, tens of thousands of other Nassau residents are in the same situation! This is how i'm selling my home now in Franklin square, New York. I grieved my taxes in 2007 to actual value then at $420,000. ARC, Nassau County Tax Assessment just offered me a reduction at $475,000 to the value of our property 2 years ago. The comps I submitted then are indisputable to the true value to my home when grieved $420,000. I denied the $475,000 on the spot and was threatened we won't get any reduction at all from the $542,000+ value they assessed at in 2007 for 2008 in we don't accept the done deal at $475,000. Watch for us in ABC News, Channel 12 News, and Newday, when we bring them to the Nassua County Supreme Court next month after their deadline for final decision April 15, 2008. Crooks, you are a very kind person.
In 2008, we were indisposed to go to court again, and our assessed value was slightly raised; believe these people, raising the assessed value when real estate value in Franklin Square crashed 15% that year.
We'll, we grieved again in 2009 and it looks like court again. We'll let you know how we make out. 95% percent of the homeowners and commercial property owners should take Nassau County to Court.
Our house is currently listed at $419,000. During our open house prospective buyers ask what out taxes are and stop inspecting the house and leave after their told. Weâ€™re reducing the price of our listing price to $399,000 as of 3/29/2008. The disproportionate taxes levied on our house is costing us hundreds of dollars a day due to the capricious arbitrary tax assessment policies in Nassau County.
Moreover, I called the Nassau County Assessment Review commission to speak to John Peguillan. I was put through to a different representative and asked what the limit of reduction to assessment there is in the small claims review and do I have course of action if I am not satisfied at that hearing. The representative stated there was no limit to assessment and that she thinks I can appeal that decision to the courts. I asked her if she was sure and she stated sheâ€™s pretty sure.
I called the Nassau County Supreme court and spoke to Mr. Chris Fracas. He explained to me that I have two choices: the small claims hearing approach which is final, other than bringing and article 78 proceeding against Nassau County if I was not satisfied with the outcome, or bring the action directly in front of a Nassau County Supreme Court judge where I can sue for back taxes, interest and damages to the sale of my property which can be appealed if I am not satisfied with the outcome. He further said I couldnâ€™t do both, small claims hearing and Supreme Court action, stating I canâ€™t have two bites at the apple.
Five minutes later Peguillanâ€ Office called me back. The representative encouraged me to go to small claims court arbitration and that I can get up to 25% assessment relief, that itâ€™s only 30 dollars to file and I donâ€™t need a lawyer. I told her 25% reduction is not enough and can I address this matter at a different level. She said she thinks so but Iâ€™ll need a lawyer and itâ€™s much more expensive and takes a lot longer. I asked her where I would file that and she said she didnâ€™t know sheâ€™s only a secretary. I told her I know the true value of any house sold on the international market and a little about my experience. She said that I must be a very powerful person. I told her, â€œI sure am, Iâ€™m a resident of Nassau County of 52 years, a homeowner paying taxes, and I vote, just like the other million plus powerful homeowners in Nassau County.
Iâ€™ll keep you updated. Weâ€™ll be filing in Supreme Court before the end of April, 2008. In the meantime, anybody want to buy a house, Cheap? Nobody wants to pay these taxes!
I would quote some of the more famous lines I've been given but I'd probably be taken to court.
They agree the system is botched but refuse to do what is necessary to fix it. They simply say " Its up to the tax payer's to file a grievance". YOu are not allowed any rights as residents of Nassau County.
You cannot even record the Supreme Court assessment hearing which is not recorded in any manner so you can appeal at $300/filing fee in the Supreme Court under Article 75. But that's okay, right, because Jeff Gold, et al work a few hours a year and get free health benefits or get reimbursed the value of those benefits if they choose not to take them!!!! Do you believe the gall!!!?
ARC refuses to acknowledge any real appraisals from professionals! Harvey Levinson states outright that even if you have a valid appraisal, there is a variance of 10% between appraisers so no matter what they do its right because they don't have to pay the taxes. Take a look at the Fair Market value they have on their site these days - not the taxable value! Its a $100K more than the taxable value - wrong but its there all the same!
Be prepared to pay big time the minute Nassau has a budget crisis. If your house sells for 100K less than what they say its worth, they will not give you a refund on the taxes you paid. Take a look at the houses that sold this past fall and look at the values that Harvey and ARC say they are worth. It will shock you! And there is NOTHNG you can do about it.
There is no transparency in the process
There is no recourse in a closed system.
Your Nassau County legislators do not want to freeze your assessments (only the republicans do).
The market has been dropping drastically and they still REFUSE to reduce your assessments and the best they can do is smoke and mirrors.
Someone tell me who is running the class action suit because there are a lot of people who wish to jump on board!
Forget about my pain, I have none. I have opportunity to address this issue in Nassau County Supreme Court. Talk about pain and a significant factor in residents losing their homes to foreclosure or relocating from Nassau County because of the assessment practices of Nassau County. There's tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of Nassau County households being overtaxed to their residential real estate holdings. Every single Nassau County taxpayer should have their property physically valuated to it's true market value sold on the market today, grieve there taxes and accept nothing less in Nassau County assessment than the true value to their property. In every case the County does not comply with the true value from appeal, every taxpayer should take the County to Nassau Supreme Court where the tax payer's evidence will be indisputable. Don't be surprised if there is a class action suit against the County in the future from the taxpayers that didn't wave their rights.
We just lowered our asking price to $419,000 to our Franklin Square property. In the mls listing the agent is informing potential buyers that when we win out indiputable grievance w/ Nassau County, the tax reduction will follow the buyer because as soon as we're in contract, the buyer will be added to the 2007 and 2008 grienvance therby affording them the same rights to reduction. From then on they will have to grieve every year like everyone else out here or pay big time for doing nothing about it. Any questions check my profile and give me a call, I'm always happey to help a fellow resident.
Please write to your representatives and complain, but make sure you are registered to vote before you do...your vote counts! Vote those in who support the overtaxed property owners.
County or anywhere else without doing and a physical inspection to the property to asess depreciation, condition, and updates, directly refletive to the properties actual value sold on the international real estate market today; in most cases these assessments by these tax representatives are greater than the properties actual value and homeowners are paying through the nose for it. When a homeowner tries to sell their home and their taxes are in the thousands being over taxed diminish the true value to the property sold on the international real estate market today. How I'm selling my home today with with these taxes in my next post.