City Adopts Property Tax Relief Law for Sandy-Impacted Homeowners

Long Beach City Hall. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
Long Beach City Hall. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)

The Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday to adopt legislation to provide property tax assessment relief for residents who sustained significant property damage during Hurricane Sandy.

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The state senate and assembly adopted the Sandy Assessment Relief Act earlier this year, and the council voted to opt into the program that grants assessment relief — a rebate on their taxes based on a state formula — to Sandy-impacted homeowners in cities and towns.

“This legislation allows municipalities to lower the 2012-13 tax assessment of properties that lost a certain percentage of their structural value due to Superstorm Sandy,” reads a statement about the act posted on the city’s website. “The ‘Superstorm Sandy Assessment Relief Act’ will allow the City to adjust, retroactively, any property tax assessment to account for losses in value due to Superstorm Sandy.”

At Tuesday’s council meeting City Manager Jack Schnirman encouraged property owners potentially eligible for the program to visit the city’s website and fill out a form.

Mildred Trudy December 06, 2013 at 11:05 AM
I hope they don't raise our property taxes anyhow. The older residents are struggling to pay school and city taxes on fixed incomes.
Eddie December 06, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Mildred, even before the election and the storm, the Democrats promised us two more tax increases of at least 16% per year.
tom brennan December 06, 2013 at 08:00 PM
will Jack schnirman be dressing as an ELF for the Christmas events this season? or will he just continue to be an angry little nome
Penquin December 06, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I heard he is leaving. Who knows who we will get next
Leonard Bauman December 06, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Schnirman is leaving on the LIRR to be an engineer on Metro North Railroad. Hope he does not zone out like he did in City Hall and make another train wreck like he did in Long Beach.
Penquin December 07, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Eddie - I am sure you support the 6.5MM bond for the police department. That's going to suck up a few tax $$
Eddie December 07, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Lori, the backpay has been earned. It is a contractual obligation of a City that cannot manage its manpower and contracts. We're floating a bond instead of having budgeted for a known expenditure because the City cannot manage its finances either. This is the latest of $100 million in new debt the Democrats bonded. n They took office with a debt of $6 million. Have they done anything to reduce police overtime or headcount? I don't know - they won't say and you are no loner allowed to ask questions of the City Council. They won't answer mail either or Freedom of Information requests. A sad situation. Then they want the taxpayers to blame the cops who have to eat Thanksgiving in the squad room.
Penquin December 07, 2013 at 02:26 PM
It would bother me less if folks weren't complaining about the 1-2% custodians, transportation, lunch aides and other school help are due from five years ago. Administration folks got longevity, etc. - the cops make a great living and I'm sure at least some volunteered to work the holiday overtime- When the city goes bankrupt, I wonder if we will become part of Nassau?
jv December 07, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Nassau has a plan that would take over policing and fire protection when Long Beach goes bankrupt with funds from the State. It was written about eight months ago when it became apparent that the City was insolvent.
marco saltamacchia December 09, 2013 at 11:59 AM
watch out borrowing. they don't have money. they think that shumer will keep bailing them out. wait and see. lower property taxes will mean higher taxes for the rest. tax and borrow never works


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