Brittany ComakJan 10, 2018, 5:59 pmJan 11, 2018, 12:54 pm

Hempstead asks state to reimburse costs from tax prepayment rush

It took $10K to handle the bombardment of homeowners who scrambled to file before ’18

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HEMPSTEAD — A Long Island town is asking that the state reimburse them and other municipalities for the extra costs incurred during the time people were rushing to prepay their property taxes for 2018. Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin says the office is still reeling from the tens of thousands of property owners that poured in just a few weeks ago to prepay their 2018 property taxes. Clavin says they saw about 4-months' worth of taxpayers in six days. Because of the high volume of taxpayers that came into the office for days leading up to the start of the year, Clavin says they are now drowning in extra costs that total about $100,000 from overtime, computer programming, and security issues.

Clavin, Assemblyman Ed Ra, and Senator Elaine Phillips called on the state to reimburse municipalities for these extra costs Wednesday so that the burden isn't put back on taxpayers. They are confident they will get the support in Albany.

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