Published on March 3rd, 2021
The Tried and True Way to Fight Unfair Assessments
Aventine Properties | 2 min read
A majority of homeowners are unaware that they have the capability to reduce their property taxes. The property tax grievance process can be daunting, but here at Aventine Properties we will take care of everything. Let us take the burden off your hands and lower your taxes!
The property tax grievance process consists of first filing a petition with your Town’s Board of Assessment Review (BAR). The specific deadline to file differs for each town. Unfortunately, the BAR grants a diminutive number of reductions. Many Town's have rubber-stamp rejected virtually all administrative filings 😭. Consequently, most cases necessitate a stage 2 judicial appeal in Small Claims Assessment Review.
The timing and resolution of stage 2 of the grievance process is somewhat uncertain. SCAR (stage 2) hearings may take as little as 3 months to approximately 12 months to complete. While we await a hearing date from the clerk, we gather additional evidence to support your appeal.
During the hearing, one of our highly competent staff members aggressively seeks to reduce your assessment. A decision is presented by the judge roughly 1-2 months after the hearing. Proof of your assessment reduction will come in the form of a court stipulation signed by the hearing officer. Your new assessed value will appear on all future tax bills, unless you reside in a reassessing jurisdiction.
What’s the downside to filing with our firm? There is none! Upon success we charge a one-time fee of 50% of the first year’s tax savings. If we are unsuccessful there is NO FEE. Plus, your chance of success is quite high as we only pursue appeals on cases that we believe will win. So what are you waiting for? File now and don’t continue to overpay on your property taxes!