Property Tax Season in Westchester. Should You Grieve Your Assessment?

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“My appraisal just went up 27%  from last year,” my neighbor just told me. “It’s insane!”

“I never receive so many phone calls as I receive this time every year,” says Caryn Luntz, of Westchester Real Property Tax Reductions. Caryn has been a local property tax consultant for over 20 years, and specializes in grievances, or appeals, of assessments for local clients.

“It’s always good to check with a professional to determine if you are paying the right amount of property tax on your home, especially for those with homes whose market value is $2,000,000 and below.”

The 2016 period for grievances for most Towns in the County begins June 1.

An assessment can be challenged if the owner of the property files a complaint in the city, town or village in which the property is located.

For example, if you live in the Town of Mamaroneck, the information is here.  Here is where you can find the right person to contact in other villages or towns.

Caryn Luntz can be reached at 914. 833-1775, or carynluntz@hotmail.com

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4 thoughts on “Property Tax Season in Westchester. Should You Grieve Your Assessment?

  1. According to the notice we received earlier this week, It appears our homes will be assessed according to market conditions every year or so. I have many questions about this process: 1. how are these annual assessments being made. 2. Who is making them. 3. How does this affect the tax rate (if the value of the properties in the tax base are shifting every year, will taxes have to go up as much as in the past (or go down given market conditions)? Finally – where can I get the answers to my questions?

    • Answer: you can’t. When my home’s appraisal went up 11% in 18 months, I grieved stating that home prices are up but not by that much. Their response: you didn’t send any justification. But neither did they! They suggest that I go to Small Claims Court; I don’t have the time to waste on that. The entire process is corrupt and self-serving, so I am putting my home up for sale (to a family with LOTS of kids to put through the schools, which are indeed excellent) and getting out of Dodge.

      • They base their new assessment data on information provided by a mass appraisal company. The burden is on the homeowner to prove the assessor is wrong. Sometimes recent sales of homes is enough but sometimes an appraisal by a licensed appraiser is the only acceptable proof.

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