Laura Curran

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Hundreds Pack Hearing On Nassau County Property Tax Assessments

December 13, 2018 - 11:17 am

MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Hundreds of residents in Nassau County packed a hearing on property tax assessments Wednesday night.

Fifty-two percent of residents in the county will see their property taxes rise under the new assessment program while 48 percent will see a drop in their taxes.

About 700 people packed a meeting on the issuein Mineola Wednesday night.

For many they say a $3,000, $5,000 or $10,000 increase will be hardship and they may have to move.

"Our system has been broken for decades and nobody had the courage to actually fix it because it's difficult. I ran on a campaign of fixing this assessment system and I'm doing it," said County Executive Laura Curran.

"We've got correct assessments. I did not see anyone stepping up with solutions. There are a lot of people lobbing criticism from the sidelines, but where were they?  What was their solution? We have people who have been overpaying and underpaying and everyone knew, all those in power knew, this day of reckoning would come they were just hoping it wouldn't happen on their watch," she added.

She says the plan could be rolled out gradually in a five-year period.

Legislative Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello said he is upset over the entire process.

"You have the elimination of the local and state tax deduction, you have interest rates which are going up and you have people who quite frankly are on limited income who can't afford that size of a tax increase so we're concerned that they may have to leave and we're concerned about what might happen to our communities," said Nicolello. "We are concerned about the competence of the county assessor and the administration to get this right. This has followed on the heels of a bunch of missteps including notices that were sente to vacant properties."