How to get Erie County NY officials’ health restrictions on who can enter businesses repealed and never reissued. While the officials do NOT care how many may have lost their employment over these rules. These rules may have a side effect that these officials will care about it can cost them property tax money.
While many businesses owners are already aware of these facts. What some county officials seem to have overlooked is by damaging retail business income they have reduced the value of the real property in the county as calculated by income and expense model of commercial property tax assessment.
Unlike private home tax challenges which an individual can handle and are explained here https://www.divideny.org/challenge-your-assessment.html . Commercial property tax challenges require each business/landlord to ask the accountant that does their business taxes to do a few more calculations at tax time. If the business rents its business space it should try to make an agreement with the landlord to help the property owner reduce his/her property taxes for a lower rent.
Many businesses can share the same attorney to file the multiple commercial property tax challenges before the spring Grievance Day to reduce their September 2022 and January 2023 property taxes. Hopefully enough businesses will take action so that it becomes too expensive for the county to reimpose these rules in the future.
Most of Erie County is assessed at less than market value so an accurate business property tax assessment should be a certain percentage below full market value. This will also work for other counties. Here is how Equalization works
Equalization rate formula
An equalization rate is New York State's measure of a municipality's level of assessment.
Total assessed value of the municipality ÷ total market value of the municipality = Equalization rate
Equalization rates are percentages: Examples
Equalization rate = 100:
Here is how to contest a non-residential property assessment https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/contest/contestasmt.htm
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