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Busy Day at Town Hall as Property Tax Payment Deadline Nears

Huntington residents have until 7 p.m. to pay at Town Hall.

Business is brisk at Town Hall this week as residents scramble to beat Thursday's property tax payment deadline.

With the parking lot full and a steady stream of residents moving quickly through the payment windows at throughout most of the day Thursday, stakes are high for residents who fail to get their payments in on time.

Town Hall is open until 7 p.m. Thursday for those who need to pay.

Taxpayers who miss the deadline could face stiff penalties including an 11 percent hike in fees starting Friday, according to , Huntington's receiver of taxes.

"There's a five percent penalty plus five percent interest on top of that, according to Bivona. 

Bivona said the down economy seems to be taking its toll on some. 

"A lot more people are making partial payments this year because they can't afford to pay the full tax," said Bivona. 

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One Huntington resident exiting Town Hall after making a payment Thursday said she usually waits until the last day to pay in order to save a few dollars.

"I'd rather have the money in my account than their account," said Tracy Halbeisen of Huntington, satisfied with the speed and courtesy of Town Hall workers Thursday.

Residents may avoid penalty and interest if the envelope bears proper postage no later than May 31. Some deadline exemptions apply for qualified residents including senior citizens. Check with Town website for more information. 

Ester Bivona May 31, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Only senior citizens with Enhanced STAR or those with the Senior Low Income exemptions have until June 5th to pay their taxes.
Old Fisherman June 01, 2012 at 03:55 AM
I really do not understand how people can just wait till the last minute to pay the taxes. I must believe that one week interest on the cash they hold back till the last instant is significant as is the excuse I hear in a lot of cases when they stand the risk of an 11% penalty.
JSC June 01, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I always go a couple of weeks before the deadline - no waiting at all!
Drew June 05, 2012 at 11:36 AM
People should band together and stop paying property taxes to the Elitist Thieves who profit off local govern't in NY Suburbs. The prop. taxes are 3 or 4x vs. most other parts USA. So high so each cop.can retire in his 40s with Pension worth millions, and each teacher in their 50s typically. Each collects about $80k/yr for 30 - 40 yrs., and often at same time takes a 2nd job. When R.E. went up alot, these Town n Counties in NY suburbs used it as excuse.to GOUGE 15%/yr tax increases. Now that R.E. is down they dont reduce however. If u cant pay ur mortgage, stop paying ur taxes that are 3x normal US rate.

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