The Auburn City Council is helping residents cut through some red tape.
At last week’s meeting, the Council voted to grant anyone who received a COVID-related property tax exemption last year to get the same exemption this year, without having to reapply. Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason says the decision makes it easier on the largely senior citizen population that got the exemptions.
On December 26, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed an Executive Order to permit governing bodies of an assessing unit to adopt a resolution directing the assessor to grant tax exemptions pursuant to such section on the 2022 assessment roll to all property owners who received that exemption on the 2021 assessment roll, thereby dispensing with the need for renewal applications from such persons, and further dispensing with the requirement for assessors to mail renewal applications to such persons. At the January 6th City Council meeting the Council unanimously approved a resolution that will allow the City of Auburn Assessor to grant these exemptions on the 2022 Assessment Roll to all City property owners who received that same exemption on the 2021 Assessment Roll, without requiring a renewal application.