Property Tax Forum To Be Held In Brookhaven

February 28, 2007
High property taxes are a growing burden to Long Island residents, and fighting them is my number one priority. On Friday, March 9, from 6-8 PM, I will be holding a public forum to hear your input on solving the problem of skyrocketing property taxes. The meeting will be held at the Center Moriches Public Library at 235 Main Street in Center Moriches.

I am holding this forum, along with the two forums I recently held in East Hampton and Southampton, to gain public input on pending property tax reform proposals taking place in Albany. The forum will have three parts including presentations of property tax reform plans pending in Albany, a panel discussion with local government officials, school officials, community leaders and experts in the areas of real property tax, and a public comment period to obtain public opinion on reform ideas.

New Yorkers pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. In 2005, we paid more than $38 billion in property taxes. In addition, while the statewide property tax levy per household is $5,341, in Suffolk County the property tax levy per household exceeds $9,000. In other words, statewide property taxes are too high, and they are even worse on Long Island.

At the forum, I look forward to discussing my proposed property tax relief reforms. However, since we must make sure property tax reform is meaningful and directed at those who need it most, I would like to hear your views as well.

Before the State Budget is enacted on or around April 1, I want the input of the people of the 2nd Assembly District on this important issue. That is why I invite you to this forum to hear the different tax relief proposals under consideration, and provide an opportunity for you to offer your views.

I sincerely hope you will attend this forum and join me in the fight to lower Long Islandís crushing property taxes. Suffolk County residents work hard for their money and deserve to get some of it back.