Tax Grievance Day 2012

Tax Grievance Day is around the corner. Home prices have significantly dropped and their property values, many homeowners are wondering why the assessed tax value of their homes have not.

I may sound like a broken record a few times a year; Tax Grievance Day is around the corner. Home prices and their property values have significantly dropped and many homeowners are wondering why the assessed tax value of their homes have not. Just ask any home owner or seller who is trying to sell their home for $500,000 and have and whose property tax is based on an assessed value of $650,000 how they feel. Call your tax certiorari to start the process, or get a recent appraisal of your home and get some comparable solds (remember a "like" property and same schools).

All municipalities in Westchester County have a set day to hear property tax appeals, known as Grievance Day, to get your assessment lowered. Call or go down to your town hall and get the application from your tax assessor. If you live in a village, that day has come and gone, it was the 3rd Tuesday in February to grieve your Village taxes, though homes in a village are subject to two property tax authorities: the town and the village of where the homes is. This means you have two opportunities to appeal your property tax assessment.

TOWN Grievances is the 3rd Tuesday in June (6/19/2012) including: Cities of Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Peekskill & Rye.

Yonkers: November 15, 2012


VILLAGE Grievance Day is ALWAYS the third Tuesday of Feb:

Dobbs Ferry
Mount Kisco
Sleepy Hollow 


More info:

see here for The LowDown on Grieving Your Property Taxes If you need to get your home appraised I highly recommend using someone who is familiar with your area. Need a referral or a Tax Consultant/Tax certiorari, or an appraiser? Contact me

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Andrew A. Cinque CPO May 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM
That was some story, but I think I do agree that as families grow out of the need for the school districts, as their kids grow up, there should be some reduction in taxes fr those families. Maybe not an elimination but for sure a reduction. The problem is the school budgets have been based and depend on theses tax revenues when they really never should have.
Suzanne Welch May 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Yes, that is! I hear what you are saying regarding a significant reduction in school taxes, yet we do have Senior Star. Is it enough? I doubt it. We are in difficult times and I do see many seniors who prefer to stay in Westchester but there is a price that goes with it that many cannot afford.
Teleman May 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I look at it this way- Imagine if you ran a business that provided services to only a portion of your community- but you got to charge EVERYONE in the community for the service- even those who don't use it- wouldn't you think if you ran it even decently, you would be able to at least break even? To me that demonstrates how bloated the system is. And don't tell me education is not a business- all of the talk about doing it for "the kids" is nonsense- it's all about the money!
Jammie Williams June 12, 2012 at 02:15 PM
What about people who are now living on a fixed income. The income can afford owning the home and expenses of upkeeping the home..... until each year the property taxes are ridiculously raised and hard working people who have worked for the State over 20 years are now left very soon having to move because of property taxes!!!! What are the good reasons for these taxes in Westchester to be so high when there is nothing to show for all this money coming out of people's pockets for property taxes. Look at the roads!!!!! COME ON!!!! this has GOT TO STOP!!!!
Suzanne Welch June 12, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I completely agree, the taxes are out of control and the highest In the country. Take a read and get even more outraged... http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/June-2010/Why-Are-Our-Taxes-So-High/


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