ALBANY — New York’s highest court handed Nassau County a loss Tuesday in denying its bid to no longer reimburse taxpayers when individuals and businesses successfully challenge their property tax assessments.
The county had sought to push that cost down to local governments, school districts and special districts. The cost can be substantial, often involving massive property assessments owned by utilities and businesses.
The Court of Appeals said the county’s only recourse now is with the state Legislature.
The high court struck down the county’s local law passed in 2010, which county officials called “The Common Sense Act.” The high court called it unconstitutional.
The was no immediate comment from the county.
Homes are Class 1 properties - single-family homes and condominiums of three floors or less. About 102,000 homes countywide were not counted because they had renovations done or had exemptions other than basic STAR, both of which would have influenced assessed value. Homes in Amityville and Cold Spring Harbor were excluded because those school districts lie primarily in Suffolk County. Glen Cove was excluded because the city of Glen Cove does its own assessments. The Bellmore-Merrick, Sewanhaka and Valley Stream Central high school districts are not listed because their taxes are levied by the component elementary districts. Tax burden shifts to Nassau homeownersSuccessful commercial tax challenges have shifted more of the property tax burden onto single-family homeowners ... School tax rates skyrocket in NassauThousands of Nassau homeowners may be shocked when they open their school tax bills this ...