In order to address the unprecedented and widespread property damage caused by Hurricane Sandy and recognizing that families and businesses are struggling to recover, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced a Post-Hurricane Sandy Assessment Stabilization Plan to prevent large swings in assessed values and provide property owners with a process to report and document structural damages with the Department of Assessment (DOA).
County Executive Mangano stated, “With thousands of property owners negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy, I have directed County Assessor James Davis to take the necessary steps to provide relief so that property assessments reflect reductions in value from Hurricane Sandy while protecting all homeowners from large swings in their assessed values.”
The Post-Hurricane Sandy Assessment Stabilization Plan requires the cooperation of New York State and the Federal government. The Plan includes:
- State Legislation requested to permit assessment relief for property owners negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy; FEMA Community Disaster Loan Program briefing for municipalities to learn of the financial assistance loans available to mitigate reduced values due to the hurricane.
- $50 million in Federal and State Aid requested to stabilize the tax base via a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Grant Program; and an
- Executive Order that:
-Sets a Filing Deadline for the Property Damage Review Form to April 1st.
-Extends the deadline for submitting all property tax exemptions applications for the 2013-2014 tax year from December 31st to April 1st.
-Extends the Grievance Deadline for assessment challenges to the 2014-2015 Tentative Assessment Roll from January 1st to May 1st.
-Authorizes County to publish its Final 2013-14 Assessment Roll on May 1st rather than April 1st to accommodate all of the assessment reductions.
The first step is to collect accurate data with respect to property damage. Accordingly, County Executive Mangano called on County Assessor James Davis to include a Property Damage Review Form in January’s Annual Assessment Disclosure Notice. The form will provide a method for property owners to report and document structural damages with the DOA. Property owners must return the form on or before April 1st.
Because the storm has damaged a number of local Post Offices in affected areas causing mail to be delayed due to a myriad of forwarding issues, County Executive Mangano has directed the DOA to post the Property Damage Review Form and 2014-2015 Tentative Assessment Disclosure Form on its website www.mynassauproperty.com.