Tax Watch: Hartsdale fire’s undisclosed thousands

Tax Watch columnist David McKay Wilson explores how a citizen activist, our very own President of the PCCA, Mona Fraitag, fought to understand how the Hartsdale fire company spent its ‘2% tax’ money.

Great article about a very important topic if you care about your tax dollars!

http://www.lohud.com/story/money/personal-finance/taxes/david-mckay-wilson/2016/09/14/taxwatch-hartsdale-funds/89917792/

 

REVISED APPLICATION FOR PHASE IN OF TAX HIKES DUE TO REASSESSMENT

REVISED APPLICATION FOR PHASE IN OF TAX HIKES DUE TO REASSESSMENT POSTED–EASIER FORM TO COMPLETE

On Friday I posted an application for those who qualify for the reassessment phase in. Received some e mails, calls from taxpayers who felt that the application was very complicated and onerous. There were some minor errors in the application that was posted on Friday. Thanks to the input of our residents we modified the form and made it much easier. Special thanks to Greenburgh Councilman Francis Sheehan and Town Assessor Edye McCarthy who went to Town Hall on Sunday afternoon and spent hours revising the form. That’s dedication! The new application should not take as long to complete and removes some steps.
Greenburgh and Ossining are the first communities in New York State that have been granted permission by the Governor and NYS Legislature to phase in tax increases for those who are most significantly impacted by reassessment. Our phase laws applies only to those whose assessments will increase by more than 25%. The deadline to complete the application is September 15th and there are income eligibility requirements (one must qualify for STAR-earn less than $500,000 a year). To comply with the NYS requirement that only those without building violations benefit from the phase in – residents who apply must agree to allow an interior inspection.
THE REVISED APPLICATION CAN BE FOUND USING THE FOLLOWING LINK


For further info visit the Assessor’s page on the Greenburgh website: www.greenburghny.com or call the Assessor’s office at 989 1520. Postcards will be sent to residents who the assessor believes may qualify for the phase in. The assessment numbers are not finalized until after the Assessment Board rules on the grievances filed (about 3200) in September.

PAUL FEINER

Application for two year phase in of tax increases for those whose assessment increases are greater than 25%

Please see below for a message from Paul Feiner regarding the two year phase  in of assessment increases. Earlier this week the Greenburgh Town Board voted to authorize a two year phase in of tax increases for property owners who will experience an assessment increase that is greater than 25%. The phase in was authorized by the New York State Legislature (thanks to Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti) and was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The application and instructions appear below. Please note that property owners who wish to file must submit the application to the Assessor no later than September 15, 2016.

Paul Feiner

Residential Reassessment Exemption Application

This application is being submitted to determine if property owner is entitled to the assessment exemption described in the amended New York State Tax Law section 485-S. Deadline to file: Sept 15, 2016

Owner’s Name: ______________________________________________ Parcel ID: _______________________

Assessor’s Office

177 Hillside Ave.

Greenburgh, NY 10607

(914) 989-1520

Any additional owners, please list below (#4).

Property Location: ______________________________________________ Zip Code: _____________________

Please check the box that best answers the question:

1. Is the difference between the equalized 2015 Assessment and the 2016 Assessment greater than 25%? Yes No

a. Percentage changed _______________% (see instruction sheet on back)

2. Is this property a one, two, or three family home? Yes No

3. Is this your primary residence? Yes No

4. Are all owners residing at this location? Yes No

If “no”, please explain: __________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________.

5. Are you currently receiving the STAR exemption or credit? Yes No

If “no”, please explain:__________________________________________________________________________________.

6. Are all property taxes paid as of 5/1/16 (taxable status date)? Yes No If “yes”, please provide signature(s) of Receiver / Treasurer.

Town Receiver (For County, Town, and School): ______________________________________________________________

(Signature)

Village Treasurer (For Irvington or Ardsley properties only):____________________________________________________

(Signature)

7. Have you filed a grievance for the 2016 assessment year? Yes No

8. Has there been improvements to your property since the date of purchase? Yes No If “Yes”, please explain:

___________________________________________________________________________________________.

Acknowledgement: By signing this application you confirm that all provided answers are accurate and complete. By signing and submitting this application you also agree to the following:

a. The property may require an interior inspection.

b. The property must have an original or substitute Certificate of Occupancy. (Please provide documentation).

c. The exemption, if granted, cannot be transferred to new owner.

d. The exemption is not applicable if assessed value increase was due, in part, to physical improvements.

________________________________________________ Date: ___________________Phone #:____________________________

Owner’s Signature Notarized (only one owner is necessary)

State of _____________ County of_______________________. Subscribed and sworn (or affirmed) before me this ________________ day of ______________________, 20_____. By ________________________________________ personally known ______ OR produced identification ______ Type of identification produced ____________________________________ ______________________________________________ My Commission Expires _________________________

Notary Name Here. Notary Public

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING THE RESIDENTIAL REASSESSMENT EXEMPTION APPLICATiON

ALL MATERIALS MUST BE FILED BY SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2016

**THE APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED OR APPROVED IF INCOMPLETE**

Please provide the following:

EXAMPLE

2015 Assessed Value 1__9,500_______________

divide line 1 by .0309 2 9,500/.0309 = 307,443 (2015 Equalized Assessed Value)

2016 Equalized Assessed Value 3__455,000_____________

subtract line 3 by line 2 4 455,000-307,443=147,557

divide line 4 by line 3 147,557/455,000=32.43%

 A document that shows your home has an original or substitute Certificate of Occupancy.

o (This information can be obtained from your local building department in the form of a C.O., Temp C.O., Pre-date letter, etc.)

 Signature of the Town Receiver of Taxes, on appropriate line of application, to confirm that your County/Town/School taxes are current (as of 5-1-16), and Signature of Village Treasurer (ONLY if property is located in the Village of Ardsley or Irvington), on appropriate line of application, to confirm Village taxes are current (as of 5-1-16).

o Town Tax Receiver Anne Povella (914) 989-1550 177 Hillside Avenue, Greenburgh, NY 10607

o Ardsley Treasurer Marion DeMaio (914) 693-1550 507 Ashford Ave Ardsley, NY 10502

o Irvington Treasurer Brenda M. Jeselnik (914) 591-7070 85 Main St., Irvington, NY 10533

 Your notarized signature

o There will be NO opportunity to get your signature notarized at Town or Village Halls (You can find a notary public in most banks, post offices, law offices, or other various businesses).

 Applications must only be submitted to the following:

Town of Greenburgh

Assessor’s Office

177 Hillside Avenue

Greenburgh, NY 10607

 APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE UPON SUBMISSION TO ASSESSMENT DEPARTMENT.

(including all supporting documentation)

 Approval/Denial letters will be sent no later than December 1, 2016.

 Contact Assessor’s Office with any questions at (914) 989-1520.

For Office Use Only

1, 2, or 3 family STAR Home C.O. Open bldg. permits Taxes current Purchased prior 5/1/16

Assessor’s signature:____________________________________________ Date:____________________ Approved

2015 Eq AV:___________________ 2016 AV:____________________ __________% change Denied

TOWN BOARD APPROVES 2 YEAR PHASE IN FOR THOSE WHO EXPERIENCE AT LEAST A 25% increase in assessed value of property

The Greenburgh Town Board approved a local law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and passed by the NYS Legislature (thanks to the hard work of Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti) that will phase in tax hikes over a two year period for those who have experienced at least a 25% increase in the assessed value of their property. Those who qualify will have to submit an application to the Assessor by mid September. There is an income requirement (must be able to qualify for STAR). And, those who take advantage of the phase in must have no building violations.
The application is being prepared and can be accessed on the town website (assessor’s page) within the next day or two. Ossining, which also is reassessing all properties, is also implementing similar policies. To watch the discussion of the Town Board work session today click on to the link below. Assessor Edye McCarthy discusses the phase in. The goal of the legislation is to help those who are experiencing very large & sudden increases in their taxes as a result of the reassessment. Only those who meet the guidelines and who are experiencing tax hikes will receive them.
PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor
EXPLANATION OF PHASE IN LAW–AND DISCUSSION WITH ASSESSOR AND TOWN BOARD

Primary Poll Survey

Help us make your voting experience the best it can be!  In connection with our friends at the Westchester Independent Living Center who will be conducting site inspections on NY Primary Day, Tuesday, April 19, we ask that you fill out the following short survey so we can gather better information about voters’ experiences with accessibility at their polling sites and help to improve future voting sites.

CLICK HERE

 

The Greenburgh Guide to Programs, Activities and Services for Spring/Summer 2016

The Greenburgh Guide to Programs, Activities and Services for Spring/Summer 2016 is available online by Clicking Here.

This is a great guide that details activities and services such as swimming pools and classes, after school and summer programs, arts and dance classes, Nature Center activities, Park events, Tennis, and other Greenburgh Town information.  Be sure to get a copy and flip through for things to do around the community!

Greenburgh Superintendent of Schools named among the country’s top 25 to watch

Dr. Tahira Dupree-Chase, Superintendent of the Greenburgh Central School District, has been named among the country’s top 25 Superintendents to Watch in 2015-16 by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).

She was one of only two New York State superintendents recognized by NSPRA. The honor was announced by NSPRA this week, and the organization said Dr. Chase was chosen for “demonstrating dynamic leadership with a strong emphasis on communication.”

As part of the award, which also was sponsored by the educational technology company SchoolMessenger, Dr. Chase will be profiled in an NSPRA newsletter, which is circulated nationally to organization members, and receive an award certificate. She has also been invited to attend NSPRA’s national Seminar and superintendents’ luncheon, which will be held in Chicago in July.

http://greenburgh.dailyvoice.com/schools/greenburghs-tahira-dupree-chase-named-superintendent-to-watch/649095/

Town Reassessment Update from Poets Corner Civic Association Civic Association

Last week you should have received a mailing from the Town regarding your proposed new assessed value of your home. The assessed value reflects either an increase, a decrease, or a relatively stable position in taxes. According to the statistics that we emailed to you earlier, there was a 66% likelihood that your taxes were either reduced or remained somewhat stable. A third of the residents will see increases in their assessed values.

On Tuesday, March 29th, the Town Board will be discussing a 5 year phase option with a representative of the NYS office of real property tax services at the 9:30 AM work session at Town Hall. The meeting is televised and streamed live on the web at the www.greenburghny.com web site. The impact of adopting this law will mean that any resident who’s property has been assessed at a higher rate will have five years to slowly ease into the new rate. It also means that any resident that has been overpaying for 50+years, will continue to overpay for another five years. The decreases will not be effective, in full, immediately. Those residents, who have been overpaying, will be asked to wait another five years before they will see their true reduced assessed tax values. They will receive only 20% of their decrease, each of the five years in order to ease the transition for the homeowners that are now being asked to pay their corrected assessed taxes. In fact, if you are one of the residents that remained relatively stable throughout the reassessment process, if the Town enacts the Five Year Phase In Process, you may now show an increase in your assessment in order that you also assist in paying for residents that have been under assessed for all this time! The assessments will affect your Town taxes, your School taxes, your Fire taxes and your County taxes.

The reassessment is “NET NEUTRAL”. When one taxpayer is allowed to pay less, the other tax payers are asked to pay more. At the end of each tax period the Town only collects the amount that has been budgeted for and approved. For many years now, the Town of Greenburgh has budged millions of dollars for certiorari settlements. The reassessment was a means to end these large settlements and lower our tax obligations as a whole. Prolonging the finalization of the reassessment values by enacting this legislation will only prolong the increase in the budget for certiorari settlements.

If you are unclear about the reassessment, its impact on you and/or the Town, you are welcome to contact us, Paul Feiner, the Town Board members, or Edye McCarthy, the Town Assessor to assist you in explaining the impact. You can call, email, or write.

Below is a copy of the email that Paul Feiner sent out to residents regarding the Five-Year Phase in Plan that the Town Board is considering:

__________________________________________________________

TOWN BOARD TO DISCUSS 5 YEAR PHASE IN OPTION WITH A REPRESENTATIVE OF NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF REAL PROPERTY TAX SERVICES THIS TUESDAY AT 9:30 AM
OUR MEETINGS ARE TELEVISED AND STREAMED LIVE ON THE WEB: www.greenburghny.com

As you know the Town is conducting a Town Wide Reassessment. Some property owners have expressed concern about increases in their assessments. At the last Town Board meeting, a suggestion was made that the Town Board consider Section 1904 of the New York State Real Property Tax Law which allows a municipality to phase in the new 2016 assessments over a five year period. The Town Board will be meeting on Tuesday, March 29th, at 9:30am to discuss Section 1904 of the New York State Real Property Tax Law. The public is invited to attend.

If the Town Board adopts Section 1904, it requires assessment increases as well as assessment decreases to both be phased in over 5 years, instead of immediately.

The Town has requested our New York State Office of Real Property Tax Service Representative and others to be in attendance on Tuesday to participate with the discussion. If the Town is to adopt Section 1904, it must do so by adopting a local law no later than May 2, 2016, after holding a public hearing. Therefore, the Town Board, on Tuesday, March 29th, will introduce a local law and schedule a public hearing on April 13th, the Town Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting. Your comments and concerns are welcome at the April 13th public hearing.

In the interim, the Town continues to gather information regarding Section 1904 and looks forward to your comments in order for us to make an informed decision in the best interest of our taxpayers.

Inasmuch as this meeting is being held in the daytime – if you have any questions you would like the Town Board to ask the representative of the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services – please e mail town board@greenburghny.com.

We are also planning to discuss other mitigation initiatives that could help ease the impact that reassessment is going to have on some property owners.
PAUL FEINER