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NYC Is Raising Property Taxes On Sandy Victims

From the New York Post:

EXCLUSIVE – City hikes taxes on Sandy-hit houses

By RICH CALDER | February 11, 2013

Homeowners in an exclusive waterfront enclave in Brooklyn thought Hurricane Sandy was as cruel a blow as they could suffer — until the taxman proved them wrong.

The city is claiming that property values have actually shot up for many homes in Manhattan Beach and it’s going ahead with hefty tax hikes for the houses devastated by the October superstorm, shocked property owners told The Post.

Homeowners in other neighborhoods hit by Sandy, including Coney Island, the Rockaways and parts of Staten Island, also said they’ve received increases.

“This is totally insensitive and heartless,” said Ira Zalcman, president of the Manhattan Beach Community Group, which has received more than 30 complaints from residents about the hikes.

“We just sustained one of the worst national disasters in our nation’s history, and now the city is delusional, claiming our property values went up.”

Note that this is only being reported by the New York post. Imagine if this happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina with Bush in the White House. This would get more coverage than even putting panties on the heads of terrorists at Abu Ghraib.

Zalcman said that since Sandy, he has spent roughly $100,000 repairing the basement of his Dover Street oceanfront home, for which he pays more than $7,000 a year in property taxes.

He estimates his tax bill will go up nearly $200 for the fiscal year beginning July 1 because the city claims his property’s market value rose by $79,000 to slightly more than $2 million, increasing the home’s assessed value for tax purposes. He claims he’d be lucky to get $1.5 million.

Maybe they figure he is now even closer to the water.

Meanwhile, other owners facing tax hikes say their homes are so badly damaged, they have yet to complete repairs and move back.

One oceanfront home, at 295 Dover St., still had its windows and doors boarded up yesterday. But the city says its market value has jumped $473,000 the past year to $3.1 million.

The owner, Olga Belenkaya, has yet to return because the home was so badly damaged by Sandy, neighbors said…

We suspect the city fathers figure nobody will care, since many of these houses are worth over a million dollars. How can anybody oppose raising taxes on millionaires and billionaires?

So what if their houses have practically been ruined. It’s social justice.

Councilman Michael Nelson (D-Brooklyn), whose district includes hard-hit Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach — called the tax hikes “heartless” and “something the city must immediately remedy.”

“Common sense dictates their property values have fallen, if not plummeted in some cases,” he said.

So what? Property taxes never go down. Who had their property taxes go down after the ‘housing collapse’?

Stephen “Butch” Moran, vice chairman of Community Board 13, said he’s “shocked” his taxes are going up for one of the homes he owns in Sheepshead Bay and Seagate, where Sandy left him with $300,000 worth of combined repairs.

“How do you increase taxes for people who no longer have 100 percent of their homes remaining?” he said…


Property owners who oppose the hikes have until March 15 to appeal to the city Tax Commission before rates are finalized in May.

Good luck with that.

But lawyer Alex Singer, who estimates he has spent “well over $100,000” fixing damage to his Manhattan Beach home after it was partly engulfed by seawater and raw sewage, said “it’s unconscionable” that the city didn’t just lower tax rates across the board in Sandy-ravaged neighborhoods…

Tell it to Obama. Who undoubtedly got the votes of most of these people.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “NYC Is Raising Property Taxes On Sandy Victims”

  1. bousquem25 says:

    If these idiots voted for Obama and the other liberal nuts in NYC then they get what they deserve. I guess redistributing the wealth and social justice is great as long as they aren’t the ones paying the price for it. Now that the giant political machine has turned on them they are whining about this. Of course you also don’t see the MSM screaming from every hill top except for the national news who seems to think that any little bit of weather is a cause to bring up Sandy and how bad NYC still is and needs more federal money.

  2. Tater Salad says:

    New Yorkers voted “blue” and continue to support tax increases! Enjoy !

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