Southampton Town held its annual property tax grievance day on Tuesday, May 21, at the Church of St. Rosalie in Hampton Bays.
The grievance board heard arguments from 238 residents who felt their property tax assessments were too high, according to the town assessor’s office. Another 250 residents dropped off grievance applications at St. Rosalie’s on Tuesday, the last day that such requests could be filed, as well as several attorneys who dropped off dozens, hundreds and even more than 1,000 grievance forms for clients.
The assessor’s office has also been accepting grievance filings since second-half tax bills went out on May 1. No information was yet available on the total number of grievances filed, but this year’s grievance day was about par for the course for recent years. It was, however, a quiet shadow of the deluge of assessment challenges that beset the grievance boards of the early 2000s when the town was doing its first town-wide reassessments in more than a decade.