(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?!”
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.