Letter: Nassau assessment is unpredictable

Leslie Spitzkoff stands with her tax bill inside

Leslie Spitzkoff stands with her tax bill inside her office in Roslyn Heights. (Oct. 5, 2012) (Credit: Steve Pfost)

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Acting Nassau County assessor Jim Davis has gone too far ["Understand Nassau property tax bills," Letters, Oct. 14]!

He writes, "School spending is out of control and causing taxes to skyrocket." That is not true.

He also writes, "In April, school districts have the preliminary taxable assessed values to provide their residents a reasonably close estimate of their tax rates." That is also not true.

In April, we don't have any idea of the portion of the tax levy that will be assigned to homeowners. That "adjusted base proportion" is calculated by Davis and certified by the county legislature a few months later, in the fall.

In Roslyn, our tax levy increase was set at 1.76 percent in May. I am sure you would agree this is hardly out of control or skyrocketing.

The county then decided in September, through its base proportion calculation, that homeowners' share of the levy should increase relative to the other property classifications. Therefore, the tax levy burden on homeowners in Roslyn was virtually doubled from May to September, while the school district didn't increase the levy by even one penny.

Neither school districts nor homeowners could have had any idea about this last April.

Joseph C. Dragone, Roslyn

Editor's note: The writer is the assistant superintendent for business for Roslyn public schools.

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