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Westchester Property Taxes

Westchester's municipalities collect property taxes, about 16 percent of which goes to directly to finance county government.

The county has more than 25 assessing jurisdictions that impose additional property taxes. In almost every municipality in Westchester, the property tax levy is based on a house's valuation assessment. In order to distribute the county tax burden equally by community, state law requires New York State's Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) to set an equalization rate, which seeks to measure the relationship of locally assessed values to an ever-changing real estate market.

 

Equalization rates and a multitude of tax ratios, set by the ORPS, are supposed to more equitably apportion the load, however, due to fluctuations in the real estate market, construction activity, assessment reductions due to appeals, and methodologies that vary from locale to locale, often times disparity in assessment results have been found. "Everyone agrees that Westchester County -- with the highest average property tax per household in New York State - must have tax fairness. We must get a handle on property assessment strategies within Westchester," said Westchester County Legislator Ken Jenkins (D,WF-Yonkers), Chair of the Board's Committee on Government Operations.

 

The County Board enacted a 2.9% increase in the tax levy for 2010. These equalization rates show wild fluctuations from municipality to municipality from Yonkers County taxes going down 6% to Mount Pleasant taxes raising over 15%.

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For more information about fair housing practices, please visit the HUD website.


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