On Sunday March 21, 2010, Newsday featured a lengthy article about Nassau County’s substandard real estate tax assessment system. It was an extremely unflattering story and, unfortunately for Nassau County real estate taxpayers, it was all true. Nassau’s assessment system is broken and has been in disarray for many years. There are over 420,000 individual parcels in Nassau County, yet the County does not have the infrastructure to value them correctly. There are several different computer systems used in assessor’s office, frequently containing different information due to human errors made while inputting data from one system to another.
Examples of assessor’s office mistakes include the assessment of a half-acre parcel as a two-acre parcel, the assessment of a three bedroom split-level house as a five bedroom colonial house, etc. etc. etc. Some mistakes will have no affect on the real estate taxpayer because the assessment, despite erroneous descriptions, can still be based on the correct market value. However, some mistakes can result in unrealistic market values and inflated real estate tax bills. The good news is that these mistakes can be corrected, even if a protest was not filed prior to this years March 1, 2010 deadline.
Everyone paying real estate taxes for property in Nassau County should click here to verify the County’s description and compare your assessments to your neighbor’s. It only takes a few minutes, and in the end could save you $$$.