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Month: November 2019

Nov 2019

Syracuse officials target property tax inequities reported by Syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – City officials said they are committed to making property assessments more fair and to curbing a widely abused tax exemption, two issues highlighted by Syracuse.com’s reporting on property taxes this year. Representatives of Mayor Ben Walsh told city councilors Friday the mayor will ask the council to pass legislation amending a tax …

Nov 2019

Walmart, Lowe’s among big retailers scheming to avoid Maine property taxes

In a scheme that could lead to millions of dollars in lost revenue for Maine communities, behemoth retailers like Walmart, Lowe’s and Home Depot are looking to bypass state property taxes by arguing that towns should calculate the value of their stores as if they were “dark,” or closed. According to a report from the …

Nov 2019

Viewpoints: Regular property assessments key to tax fairness

Special to The News Property reassessments, in the words of a fellow public servant, are “like going to the dentist.” We don’t like them, but like the dentist, they serve a good purpose. In and of themselves, reassessments do not necessarily mean higher taxes. The professionals say that after a reassessment, on average, one-third see …

Nov 2019

Citywide revaluation doesn’t mean an automatic tax hike

Buffalonians are bracing for the impact of their 2020 reassessments, the new property values based on the first citywide revaluation since 2001. How so? The Common Council recently established a property tax exemption for about 350 low-income senior citizen homeowners in targeted areas who would otherwise be affected by the reassessment. Council members now hope …