Sandy victims furious after city tells them their property taxes are RISING

(Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn) Countless homeowners wrecked by Sandy have been receiving their tax assessments for 2012, and to their shock, are being told to pay higher property taxes.

“It’s a total slap in the face,” 67 year old Manhattan beach resident Alex Dinger told PIX11 News. The city says his property value went up $38,000 and increased his property tax. But Singer says he has to spend over $100,000 on repairs, the majority of which was out of pocket going on to ask “would you considering buying my house or buying a house on this peninsula after Sandy?!”

Sandy Victim Homeowner

“It’s a total slap in the face,” 67 year old Manhattan beach resident Alex Dinger told PIX11 News.

A spokesperson for the city’s Department of Finance says many of the assessments were made before Sandy hit, and that homeowners can appeal. Although the deadline for one online application expired before residents received their letters – that deadline has been extended to February 15th.

Mayor Bloomberg answering a question on the subject Monday said the property value would go back up – seeming to defend the tax increases on Sandy victims to which Singer replied “he’s not realistic and does not know the reality on the ground for the people that are here, he does not understand what we have gone through, are going through, or our pain.”

On Monday, the City Council committees on Finance and Community Development announced it will hold a joint emergency oversight hearing on February 26 to address the issue.

5 comments

  • retphxfire

    Oh, my, how generous of you extending the deadline three days after YOU were late in getting tax bills out. The people affected by this insanity need to call every news outlet and get them involved. Keep embarrassing the Mayor, maybe he'll see the error of his ways. He's a politician, after all.

  • Dave

    This is what happens when you have to pay for more illegal immigrants, high school dropouts, and children of deadbeat dads. They want you to pay more taxes to pay for their free healthcare, free college tuition, free housing, and free food. Not to mention, free "enrichment programs" (translation: financial trash cans), and free cell phones. And this whole time, the government tells these people that they're entitled to all of this, that they deserve it, that they have a right to it, that they should expect it.

    Let me know the last time any of these people ever thanked you for spending your own money on them. Did they ever thank you for working a double shift, or working two jobs, or working long nights, so that you could support people you didn't even know?

    If that's not why they're raising your taxes, then please tell me: On what other planet do property taxes go up in an undesirable location (due to hurricane damage)? Aren't these kinds of areas supposed to become cheaper, or at least have no change in value?

  • heythere

    Yeah really feel bad for a guy who has the money to pay 100k out of pocket and still be able to keep his house. If he can do that then he has enough money for the tax hike @dave your an Idiot and an elitist fuck. Most people on these programs are not proud like you think they are. Most don't go around feeling good that they have to take money from others. And you want them to thank you for what little amount of money you put in, get over yourself you probably haven't work a day in your life

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