Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse Vol. 11 No. 4, Fall 2007
New York State is Distributing Grants to Study the Centralization
of Tax Assessment.
The New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness is distributing grants to local counties to study centralization at the county level of property tax assessments, which are now almost always done at the local town level. The State is calling the drive an effort to "streamline" and save money by eliminating the local town assessors, who are either appointed by the local town board or elected directly, depending on the option selected by the town voters. Many counties are reported to be accepting the grants.