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Hundreds of New Castle Residents Challenged Property Value in 2011

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. – The number of New Castle residents challenging their property value assessments in 2011 remained virtually unchanged from the year before, according to figures released by the Philip Platz, New Castle’s Town Assessor.

In 2011, 612 residents filed grievances over their assessed value, compared to 624 in 2010. Of those 612, 178 had their values reduced, totaling $4,382,742.

There were also 348 Small Claims Assessment Reviews (SCARs) in 2011, compared to 333 in 2010. The number of residents whose claims were reduced was not available, as most of 2011’s cases have not gone through the appeal process yet. Of the 333 from 2010, however, 289 were reduced, totaling $9,668,704.

If a grievance is filed and a resident is still not satisfied, they may file with the Superior Court of the State of New York or a file a SCAR claim, which is a special hearing for tax appeals where residents don’t need to hire a lawyer since the tax terminology is simplified in an expedited hearing. The resident must only prove the value of their home to a hearing officer and their claim is settled.

At a recent town board meeting , Town Administrator Penny Padereweski revealed 2012’s average assessment to be $172,900.

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