Assessments rise on properties due refunds

A photo of Patrick Bellantoni, who received a

A photo of Patrick Bellantoni, who received a $9.98 tax refund from Nassau County. (May 1, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan

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Despite Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's promise to hold down assessments after they've been reduced, a look at assessments on 10 properties due the largest refunds shows that seven increased in January.

Mangano has repeatedly said that assessment reductions received by homeowners from the county or the courts would be carried over onto the next roll -- unlike past administrations that often increased assessments immediately after values were reduced.

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However, Nassau's tentative assessment roll for 2012-13, issued Jan. 1, shows higher values than the final 2011-12 assessment roll for seven of the 10 properties that had their assessments reduced in Small Claims Court.

Randolph Yunker, a spokesman for acting assessor James Davis, said all "timely submitted" court-ordered and Assessment Review Commission reductions will be applied to the tentative roll before its values are used to calculate the October 2013 school tax bills.

But if the reductions weren't applied by Jan. 1 "you force residents to needlessly challenge again," said Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick).

Mangano issued an executive order in April 2010 directing that assessment increases be frozen, except for new construction. Yunker said the tentative roll issued in January "is the first year of the 'frozen roll' and the values produced in that roll -- with the exception of increases caused by new construction or loss of property tax exemptions -- will be rolled over the next four years."

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