Town of Ossining Mulls Over Assessment Revaluation

Town of Ossining officials are looking into an assessment revaluation of the community.

The will be joining the City of Yonkers and the Town of Greenburgh to evaluate the costs of doing an assessment revaluation of their communities.  After discussions with the Village of Briarcliff, the Village of Ossining and the two involved school systems, the Town of Ossining Board has determined that it is in the best interest of the community to move forward by requesting more information concerning a complete revaluation of the entire Town of Ossining.

“The high cost of grievances, as well as the ever-changing equalization rate, has us examining different ways of accomplishing our goal of ensuring that each resident and commercial property owner only pays their fair and equitable share of property taxes.  The last revaluation in Ossining was done in 1972, 40 years ago. Other communities have decided to join Yonkers and Greenburgh in this effort.  We are hoping that Westchester County, as well as the State of New York, will work with these and other forward-thinking communities to accomplish this goal for the benefit of all involved.”  Supervisor Donnelly announced.

The Town of Ossining Board wants to thank the Boards of the two Villages for their support in this matter.

J Philip Faranda July 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM
It is about time. The shell game of homes with assessments of 20,000 and 30,000 is bad enough for homeowners, it completely confuses people in the market to buy. I would take issue with the spin that this is a "forward thinking" move. It is not. Municipalities that are not at full market valuation are behind the times, and catching up is not forward thinking, it is catching up.
bob squirrell July 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Forwarding thinking it is not, but it is an "about time"! Myself, neighbor's and friend's could not be the only one's to discover of how blatantly erroneous the assessments were applied in the newer residential the last 10-15 years. It was a travesty that the Village/Town of Ossining assessors ignored because as long as it was uncontested, the monies were reaped. Newer construction was assessed incorrectly and felt the brunt on tax responsibility while older yet more elaborate homestead/property's were ignored. I suspect that one of the village/town politico's found that they were being gauged and now there is movement on the foul assessments issue!
Chris July 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I call for all non discretionary spending to be put on hold... Including new construction and hiring. How can we responsibly create a new assessment system with these large liability that may be looming. It's only fair to the citizens of ossining...


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