This year, more than 800 residents of Mamaroneck Town and Larchmont Village filed for a real estate tax reduction, a sizeable percentage of local property owners who feel the tax system is unfair or inappropriate. Many more residents may be unhappy but have not yet filed for a tax reduction.
It is against the background of this biggest request for tax relief in more than ten years that the League of Women Voters and the Local Summit organization are hosting a public discussion of “Fair Assessments for Taxpayers.” It will be held at 7:30 pm, November 17th at the Mamaroneck High School library.
Lee Kyriacou, executive director of the New York State Office of Real Property Services, will make a power-point presentation showing how tax assessment is conducted across the state. He will explain why his department seeks change. It considers the NYS system “inefficient, irreparably inequitable and confusing to taxpayers, thereby creating the potential for fiscal irresponsibility.”
Mr. Kyriacou’s office manages the state’s property tax system and works to gain public support to achieve greater equity, efficiency and transparency of the state’s property tax system.
Mamaroneck Town Administrator Stephen Altieri will be available to discuss the nature of local taxpayer dissatisfaction and why the present situation is de facto revaluation, one property at a time. This circumstances makes it difficult for the local government to forecast its income and to determine whether it’s sufficient to support the level of municipal services residents expect.
Specific directions to library: From inside school’s Boston Post Road main entrance go right, up staircase to third floor and turn right at top of stairs. For handicap accessible entrance go to Palmer Avenue. Go east on Rockland Avenue. Turn right on Carpenter Place. Parking lot is at end of Carpenter. Entrance to school is through the double doors in parking lot. Go left down hall. Pass ramp. Pass café. Library is on left.