It is no surprise to Nassau taxpayers, who file more than 100,000 of property tax protests every year, that their county’s assessment system is a mess.
Now the county’s new assessor seems to know it too.
Assessor Ted Jankowski told County Executive Thomas Suozzi last week that he needed 30 more days to complete his review of the system.
When Suozzi hired Jankowski in late January, he ordered the former Boston assessor to report back within 60 days on how to reform Nassau's assessment practices.
In asking for more time, Jankowski cited “the unique complexities of the property tax system in Nassau,” its multiple computer systems and the impact of the current financial crisis.
He’s getting the time.
“We didn’t get into this problem in a month,” said Legis. Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn), who pushed for the hiring of a professional assessor. “I’m willing to give him another 30 days to help us get out of it.”