Grievance Day, Budget Workshops Next Week in Sag Harbor Village

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Sag Harbor Village residents, mark your calendars: some important dates are coming up, including tax grievance day and village budget workshops.

Grievance day for village property tax assessments is Tuesday, February 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room of the Municipal Building at 55 Main Street in Sag Harbor.

According to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, individual complaints must be filed for each separately assessed parcel that a person owns. People should present statements, records and other relevant information to support their grievances, the Taxation and Finance website states. Assessments from prior years may not be contested. More information may be found online at tax.ny.gov/pit/property/contest/grievproced.htm.

According to local attorney Alex Kriegsman, due to rising property appraisals in Sag Harbor, many people are gearing up to grieve their taxes.

“I’ve had a lot of people contact me in the past several days. The new assessments for village residents just went out, and we’re seeing massive increases that appear to bear no relation to the market,” Mr. Kriegsman said Wednesday. “I’m challenging a number of them in the village, and because Sag Harbor Village assessments are done by the Town of Southampton, I think that Southampton residents can expect some bad news in the coming weeks when those notifications go out. I’m assuming we’re going to see the same thing.”

The day after tax grievance day, February 20, the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees will hold its first public meeting to begin planning the 2020 budget. The meeting will be at 4 p.m., also in the Municipal Building meeting room. The board will hold one budget meeting per month until it must adopt a final version in early April.

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