Scarsdale BOT Turns Down Tax Phase In Legislation - Plus, Home Sales, Featured Listings and Weekend Open Houses
- Real Estate
- Published on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 12:28
- Joanne Wallenstein
Though the idea of offering tax relief to the hardest hit residents from the 2016 revaluation seemed like a positive step, after hearing no support for the move the Scarsdale BOT voted unanimously against the resolution.
The resolution would have requested that legislation be introduced into the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate to allow residents who are STAR eligible (earn less than $500,000 a year) and received greater than a 25% tax increase to phase in their increase over three years. The loss in revenue from those residents would be made up in tax increases to the balance of Scarsdale taxpayers.
Deputy Village Manager Robert Cole estimated that at most, 130 residents would qualify for the relief, and this number might be further decreased by those who had their assessments reduced by the Board of Assessment Review this summer.
A special meeting of the Town Board of Scarsdale was held on Tuesday October 25, following the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees to consider the resolution to authorize the "Phase-In (of) Certain 2016 Residential Real Property Assessment Increases.
Mayor Mark gave each of the trustees an opportunity to state their view and they all concurred. Trustee Carl Finger called the resolution a "Well meant concept," and said though he was "sensitive to the impact to increasing taxes on a number of residents in the community," he had "not heard anyone favorably disposed to it. No one who would benefit has come forward." Therefore he said, "I find it difficult to adopt something that is not supported by the community."
Trustee Pekarek agreed with Finger, saying, "While it is humane and would supply relief, we didn't hear from anyone who would benefit. It would take significant effort. I would rather work on reforming the way properties are assessed."
Marc Samwick said, "The reval was intended to achieve equity. Similar legislation has enabled people in other towns to remain in their homes. Earlier in the summer we heard about similar hardships and this was designed to ease the burden for certain residents. But based on lack of community interest, I intend to vote against it but would reconsider it if community interest was expressed."
Jane Veron said, "When I first learned about this I was eager to explore it for Scarsdale.... especially because some felt forced to leave Scarsdale. But I have only heard negative comments. Residents were overwhelmingly not in favor. Given the lack of support I do not feel comfortable asking others to assume the additional tax burden."
Matt Callaghan said that this legislation would be perceived as an inequity. He said, "We have already raised certain people's taxes," and this "will cause taxes for others to go up. I am voting nay."
Trustee Stern agreed and Mayor Mark put the matter to rest, saying, "For all the reasons I have heard I am not in favor of this."
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