Irwin Unveils Nassau County Property Tax Relief Plan
August 21, 2014
(Levittown, NY) Today, Senate candidate Ethan Irwin [above] unveiled his plan, said to ‘help ease the crushing property tax burden faced by Nassau County taxpayers’, without compromising funding for schools. Irwin, the Democratic candidate for New York’s 6th Senate District, developed a three-point plan to lower property taxes and help Nassau residents remain in the community.
“For years residents of Nassau County have been forced to pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation by Albany legislators who have repeatedly failed to produce real tax relief,” said Ethan Irwin. “We need 21st Century ideas and a new approach that looks towards the future of Long Island. My plan would lower property taxes and stop unfunded mandates, cap property taxes for people on fixed incomes, and increase STAR benefits, especially for young people and seniors so Nassau remains a vibrant place to live for all its residents.”
Ethan Irwin’s Property Tax Relief Plan:
End state unfunded mandates, which levy heavier school and county taxes to fund Medicaid, schools and other state mandated programs. By shifting the burden back on to the state, we would offer Nassau residents real and immediate property tax relief.
Enact a circuit breaker for those with fixed incomes, like retired and disabled persons, to cap their property taxes at a percentage of their income.
Expand STAR benefits, especially for those aged 18-34 and seniors:
As Nassau County has the highest property tax rate in New York, there should be an expansion across the board of the STAR rebate program that extends beyond the 2% increase that is set by the state. This expansion would be set with the goal of providing incentives for young people and seniors to continue living in Long Island.
The expansion would be in tiered brackets with the bulk of the savings going towards Long Island’s seniors and younger residents.
a) 64% of young people between the ages of 18-34 believe they will leave Long Island within five years due to cost of living expenses, and 55% of young people aged 25-34 live with their parents or older relative. Current STAR rebates exempt the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes. This number would be increased to $40,000 for homeowners who fit into this category.
b) Seniors and those living on fixed incomes also find their lifelong homes in Nassau County suddenly become unaffordable as property taxes rise. Current STAR Enhanced rebates exempt the first $64,200 of the full value of a home from school taxes. This number would also be increased to $75,000 for homeowners who fit into the STAR Enhanced bracket (65 and older).
This expansion will work in conjunction with circuit breakers on taxes and the creation of walkable downtown areas with new housing to attract and retain young people.