Tyler Technologies, the company responsible for the computer-generated mass reassessment in Greenburgh, today posted the results of any changes it agreed to make to the Town’s proposed tentative property tax assessment roll for 2016.
The new assessments can be found online, on the home page of the Town’s website, on the right hand side of the page. Taxpayers should click on the yellow highlighted tab that says, “Click Here for New Assessment and Property Information.” Taxpayers who click on the tab will see a screen that allows them to see if their assessments have been changed, and if so, by how much, by inserting either the taxpayer’s name or home address.
Today’s revisions came after Tyler met with several thousand Greenburgh taxpayers in individual 15-minute appointments during the months of April and May.
Formal letters from the Town to individual taxpayers informing them of any changes will be mailed tomorrow, June 1. However, as indicated, taxpayers can find out right now whether their assessments have changed — they don’t need to wait to get the letter.
Taxpayers who feel they have been overassessed by Tyler, either initially back in March, or now, as a result of the adjustments, if any, that Tyler may have made, may still protest their assessments by filing a tax grievance with the Town’s Tax Assessor. However, under state law, in order to be timely, such grievances must be filed by no later than June 21 at 9 p.m.
Failure to submit the grievance form on time means that a taxpayer who wants to challenge his or her assessment must wait an entire year before doing so.
Greenburgh is expecting a record number of grievance proceedings to be commenced this year as thousands of homeowners who saw their property assessments increase by 25% or more may feel their properties were over-assessed.
Grievance proceedings are heard during the period July through September by the Town’s Board of Assessment Review, which is a resident-appointed board, led by the Tax Assessor Edye McCarthy, whose sole responsibility is to determine for property tax purposes the actual market value of the property in question. Such determinations are usually based on comparable sales figures for the home which are usually compiled by local realtors, either on behalf of the grieving homeowner or on behalf of any of the many property tax grievance firms that market their services this time of year to aggrieved homeowners.
Once the grievance is determined by the Board of Assessment Review, if taxpayers are still not satisfied, they may commence a Small Claims Assessment Review proceeding or SCAR in Westchester Supreme Court in White Plains. SCAR proceedings are determined by a specially appointed judge with expertise in property assessment matters.