This past March, the Town of Mount Pleasant's Receiver of Taxes Department was made aware that an unusually high number of residents did not receive their 2019 County and Town tax bills. The United States Postal Service was immediately notified and an investigation was opened. The Town posted a message on the website alerting residents of a possible issue with the delivery of the mailing. Local newspapers and media were also notified to make residents aware of the issue.
Supervisor Fulgenzi discussed the issue with Senator Harckham as he felt that residents should not be penalized for an error outside of their control. The Supervisor called for a special Town Board Meeting to request authorization to submit a Home Rule Request for adoption of State Legislation to refund late charges on certain real property taxes for the 2019 County and Town taxes based on the failure of the United States Postal Service to deliver tax bills. This meeting was held on June 17, 2019 and the resolution was passed. The bill was then passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly in late June and sent to Governor Cuomo for his signature. Today, Supervisor Fulgenzi is very pleased to announce that the Governor signed the bill into law.
The Supervisor will be reviewing next steps in the process of refunding residents with the Town Board at the next scheduled work session for review and authorization.
Attached is a press release from Senator Harckham’s office announcing the bill passage.
As a reminder, each year, County/Town taxes are always due by April 30th and School taxes by September 30th (first half) and January 31st (second half). In addition, failure to receive a tax bill does not in any way affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law according to Real Property Tax Law, § 922. The Receiver of Taxes Department is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.