Brookhaven Property Tax Grievance
The Heller & Clausen Grievance Group, LLC. is composed of tax grievance professionals who are devoted to saving our clients cash by means of the property tax grievance process. Our professionals have in-depth expertise and resources within the area of the Town of Brookhaven property tax grievance. It is our commitment and wants to determine belief and an enduring relationship with our clients. This dedication has served us effectively throughout the years. We take delight in knowing that our clients repeatedly return to us for advice.
What is property tax grievance?
Property tax grievance is a formal complaint filed against a town’s assessed value on a particular parcel of a property based upon comparable sales. The town places a value on every property. ie – $600,000 – if we can prove your home is worth less than that value, we will accept your grievance. If there are sales in your area that are equal and above that value, we will send you a letter stating that, in our opinion, you have no case. If a neighbor has a similar home and has lower property taxes, it may mean that they are under-assessed; it is not a basis for accepting your case. The easiest cases to win are those on homes that have been purchased within the last year or homes that are currently for sale. To help entice potential buyers we can supply a letter stating an estimated reduction for homes that are for sale.
Did you know?
- Under no circumstances can your taxes be raised due to filing a tax grievance.
- No one from the assessor’s office will come to your home.
- Under NO circumstances will this have any effect on either the basic or enhanced STAR programs, as well as the different VA programs.
- You can grieve your property taxes every year.
The Town of Brookhaven History:
The first residents of the Town of Brookhaven were Algonkian-speaking Native Americans, the Setalcotts (or Setaukets), and the Unkechaugs. The boundaries of the Town of Brookhaven coincide almost exactly with the tribal lands of these two groups or “tribes.”
English settlers arrived on the north shore of the Town in 1655. The six men, land agents, purchased eight square miles stretching from Stony Brook to Port Jefferson in exchange for tools, wampum, lead, powder and “1 pair of children’s stockings.” The first settlers came from eastern Long Island and New England. The first settlement was named after the native Americans it was purchased from: Setauket. More land purchases followed over the years, and in 1666, after Long Island became a part of the Colony of New York, Governor Richard Nicholl granted a Patent, which fixed the name of Brookhaven, confirmed title to the lands already purchased, and allowed for additional purchases. In 1686, Governor Thomas Dongan issued a Patent which granted extensive powers to the Town, and established a representative form of government.
Early Brookhaven residents were engaged in farming, fishing and whaling. By the nineteenth century, the shipbuilding, and cordword industries became important as well. The advent of the Long Island Railroad in the mid-nineteenth century through the Town of Brookhaven made travel and transport of goods and materials easier and faster. The history of the United States of America includes many residents of the Town of Brookhaven. William Floyd of Mastic was a signer of the Declaration of Independence; General George Washington relied on information supplied by a spy ring, which operated out of Setauket, during the War for American Independence; and Camp Upton in Yaphank was used during World War I and World War II as a training area for soldiers. The Town of Brookhaven has seen its residents represent our country in every major conflict.
The twentieth century witnessed the Town of Brookhaven expand from an agrarian community to a leader in communications, technology, and education. Home now to Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Stony Brook University and Health Sciences Center, Brookhaven stands proudly at the forefront of the world’s leading research fields, while its 480,000 residents can still appreciate its natural resources and beauty that brought the original settlers over 350 years ago.