Thursday, December 29, 2011

Receiver of Taxes to Host Taxpayer Forums

Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin has announced his winter series of taxpayer forums at local libraries. As part of his commitment to making government work effectively for the residents of the township, Clavin will discuss important issues such as assessment challenges, tax exemptions, tax discounts, property tax payment dates and convenient tax payment options.

“As we approach the annual grievance period during which property owners may apply for a reduction in assessed value of their property, it is important that residents understand the steps they can take if they believe that their home’s assessment is out of line (too high) with comparable properties in their neighborhoods,” said Clavin. “My taxpayer forums give residents an opportunity to ask questions, address any ‘taxpayer’ concerns that they may have and obtain valuable information about tax reduction programs in which the town participates.”

Tax Forums are scheduled as follows:

January 12- 2 p.m., Lynbrook Library, 56 Eldert St.
January 17-1 p.m., Franklin Square Public Library, 19 Lincoln Rd.
January 19- 1 p.m., Hewlett-Woodmere Library, 1125 Broadway, Hewlett
January 25- 2 p.m., Oceanside Public Library, 30 Davison Ave.
January 26- 2 p.m., Levittown Library, 1 Bluegrass La.
February 2- 2 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct., Hempstead
February 8- 1 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.
February 9- 2 p.m., Baldwin Library, 2385 Grand Ave.
February 21- 2 p.m., Merrick Library, 2279 Merrick Ave.
“These forums are just another way in which Hempstead Town is doing its part to keep taxpayers informed so they do not have to pay one penny more than their fair share of taxes,” remarked Town Supervisor Kate Murray.

Forums are free, and all are welcome to attend. For further information about taxpayer forums, please call the Office of the Receiver of Taxes at (516) 538-1500.

“I encourage residents to attend one of the upcoming forums and learn how they might be able to reduce their property tax burdens,” concluded Clavin.

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