FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2014
Supervisor Bosworth Applauds Victory for Taxpayers in “County Guaranty” Case
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New Hyde Park, NY – Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth yesterday announced a significant victory for the taxpayers of North Hempstead as the New York State Court of Appeals denied Nassau County’s appeal in the case of the “County Guaranty.” The “County Guaranty” was repealed by the Nassau County Legislature in 2010, and would have transferred the responsibility of paying property tax refunds from the County to individual taxing districts including the Town of North Hempstead and its schools and special districts.
“I am proud to say we stood shoulder to shoulder with our schools and special districts in the Town of North Hempstead in order to prevail and uphold the ‘county guaranty,” Supervisor Bosworth said. “This is a victory for our taxpayers as it holds the County responsible for correcting assessment errors rather than shifting the cost of tax refunds to schools and towns. Our towns, schools and special districts would not be able to absorb the high costs of the refunds without diminishing services.”
The decision from the New York State Court of Appeals reads that, “We are presented with, essentially the following question: may Nassau County pass a local law that shifts the obligation to pay real property tax refunds from the County to its individual taxing districts, thereby superseding a special State tax law? We answer this question in the negative.”