Erie County Calling on Cheektowaga to Suspend Reassessment Process
The people of Cheektowaga are going to love to learn that Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns is in their corner. In fact, Kerns points out that after Buffalo, Cheektowaga had the second most delinquencies in property taxes, in excess of $500, at 899 properties.
In a media advisory sent out on Friday morning:
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns is calling on Town of Cheektowaga Officials to suspend the Town’s property tax reassessment. Upon consultation with counsel, the Town can take steps to suspend the update pending further data collection. Assessments have been suspended for a similar reason before in municipalities across Erie County, including Cheektowaga.
It has been quite the topic in Cheektowaga.
I got my Tax reassessment and it went up over $50,000. Combined with last year's Cheektowaga tax reassessment, it has gone up to $100,000 since 2020--that's insane.
What do they say? The only 2 things you can't escape in life are taxes and death? I am sure your tax went up again when you received your reassessment and you want to go fight it. When is Grievance Day in Cheektowaga? May 25.
If you want to fight your taxes, you're going to have to do a little bit of work this year. Here is what you are going to need to fight your taxes in the Town of Cheektowaga:
In order to request a hearing to get a meeting with the Board to review your taxes, here is what you need to do
- Complete the application prior to May 25, 2022
- Develop an estimate of the market value of your property. You're going to need to provide the information you’ve collected that supports your claim to a reduction in assessed value.
- Then you will be given a date to come in for a scheduled hearing with the Board on May 25.
- You will be notified about the Board's decision no later than July 1, per New York State law.
Now, you can also file your application electronically. All other parts must be physically handed or mailed to the Town of Cheektowaga.
Not everyone is mad about it though. In fact, Scott on Facebook thinks that people in the 'Our Cheektowaga Community' group are complaining too much:
Can mods ban assessment posts? It’s all I see from this group. Sorry you haven’t been reassessed since the 90s and your house is worth more now
Patrick also agreed with Scott:
I dont understand the problem here. We are all homeowners. Would you prefer your house lose $25,000 in value? This is called home ownership. If you can't afford an extra $400 a year, then you can't afford a 200k house. Sell it, take your extra 25k in equity, take a vacation, buy a new car, buy a 175k home again. The beauty of the world we live means we are free to do what we please. I don't know about all these people but I treat my house as an investment, I'd prefer it to increase, not decrease in value. New home owners in our town are paying much higher taxes than us with what they are actually paying for their properties.