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Old 04-03-2010, 04:24 PM
 
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Living in the Town of Oyster Bay. A neighbor just told me he believes his taxes might have went up because he put fences up around his property. I know he made several more improvements to his property, but could putting up fences (without other improvements) really increase property taxes?
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Old 04-03-2010, 04:50 PM
 
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yes, it does. dont ask me why they increase the taxes when a fence (6 feet tall, pvc or wood) goes up, so does your taxes.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Huntington
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How would the town know this if it's not reported, assuming no neighbors reported it ?
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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How would the town know this if it's not reported, assuming no neighbors reported it ?
I would assume he got a permit when he put the fence up
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Old 04-05-2010, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Tri-State Area
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I would assume he got a permit when he put the fence up

Permits are a dead giveaway for the town assessor - "Let me increase your Taxes". The fence creates an aura of privacy which increases the value of the property - hence your taxes go up. It would have been better if your neighbor planted some arborvitae and let nature create the fence - no permit needed for that.
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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I have heard that Nassau County has been doing reassessments by flyover with helicopters. Might just be a rumor, but I don't doubt it these days. I don't believe my neighbor got a permit to put up the fences.
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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Fencing traditionally improves sales prices, so why wouldn't it be a trigger for a property tax increase? They can easily tell from a permit or when they drive the neighborhood. It is not an "invisible" fence, is it?
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Old 04-05-2010, 04:13 PM
 
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can't speak for Oyster Bay, but I'm pretty sure that Huntington code says fence's under 6' (in the back yard) don't need a permit. So, I would assume that wouldn't increase your taxes?
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