Proposal To Extend Local Law Allowing Delinquent Tax Installment Payments

Rockland legislator’s amendment would change duration of existing law from one to two years


Rockland County currently has a law in place that allows a five percent down payment on delinquent taxes and permits individuals to enter into a two-year payment plan.  The law is set to expire on Tuesday, Dec. 31st so when legislators met on Thursday, they had to vote on whether to extend the law.  If they did not act, then the amount of the down payment would have reverted to the 20 percent required by the state. 

“We passed a local law back when the recession hit which required taxpayers or allowed taxpayers to pay a five percent down payment and take out the installment agreement,” County Commissioner of Finance and Budget Director Steven DeGroat told the Budget & Finance Committee members.  “This is a renewal of that existing law.”

Under the payment plan, delinquent taxes are paid monthly over the course of two years. 

Legislative Vice Chair Alden Wolfe (D-Suffern) suggested extending the local law from one to two years.

“I still think it’s reasonable,” said Wolfe 

The 13 legislators present at the special meeting voted in favor of amending the local law, which will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at 7:05 p.m. According to Wolfe’s amendment, the proposed local law would expire on Dec. 31, 2014 instead of Dec. 31, 2013.

DeGroat said Rockland has several thousand delinquent taxpayers but only a few whose property is as risk of foreclosure because the property taxes have not been paid for three years.

He said although the economy is improving, some people are still having a difficult time financially. For many people the payment plan works, DeGroat explained, because they find it easier to pay in monthly or quarterly installments, rather than one large sum of money. The local law was first passed in 2009.

“It helps people on social security and fixed incomes to make a monthly payment,” he said.

Watchdog December 28, 2012 at 01:42 PM
So now you have to pay last years and this years taxes in full AND the installments? How does that help? Where are the numbers indicting that this has really worked? Seniors are getting killed not because of the lack of an installment plan but because of the higher taxes. What is next? A plan to approve a 30 year Home equity to pay these outrageous taxes going to the unaffordable pension and lifetime medical plans of our so called public servants? Governor Cuomo D -NY, THESE LEGISLATORS MADE A MOCKERY OF YOUR TWO PERCENT TAX CAP.
Z December 28, 2012 at 01:47 PM
"although the economy is booming"????? What planet is he from? We haven't gotten raises in years, taxes are going up sky-high, college kids can't find jobs, and the fiscal cliff is going to kill the middle class!!!
Watchdog December 28, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Are there any taxpayers paying installments for a few years taxes?
Watchdog December 28, 2012 at 02:01 PM
He works for Planet Rockland where you always get a raise......just increase taxes. We are suckers and we are DOOMED!
Mike December 28, 2012 at 02:26 PM
It would be very helpful if Patch provided more details. I would assume there is an interest rate or some sort of fee associated with installment payments? In addition, is the installment option only available to those who are delinquent or can anyone take "advantage"?


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