Nassau property owners get one more month to challenge assessments

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Residents will have an extra month in which to challenge their property assessments and hopefully lower their tax bill, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Thursday.

In extending the assessment grievance deadline from March 1 to April 2, Curran and officials at the Assessment Review Commission and Department of Assessment said that they hoped to give residents more chance to learn about the process.

“Not all county property owners are familiar with the assessment grievance process and the many resources available to them to learn how to file themselves,” Curran said. “We plan to hold these workshops throughout Nassau County.”

“Homeowners need to be educated about the property assessment system. Make sure you look at your tentative assessed value and then use the county’s resources to self file a grievance,” Curran added.

Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature supported the decision to extend the deadline.

“I support extending the deadline for taxpayers to file an assessment challenge,” said Presiding Officer Richard Nicollelo. “Taxpayers should be given every opportunity to exercise their rights.”

“It’s fair to give our residents more time to educate themselves about their rights to grieve property assessment,” agreed Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams.

— Erik Hawkins