Where Your Tax Dollars Go
The Town of Hempstead provides many of your local government services, excepting public education and police protection, while comprising only 9¢ of every property tax dollar for our homeowners. Those who live in incorporated villages pay just over 2¢ of their tax dollar to our township. The following chart details the allocation of residents' property tax dollar:
Although School Taxes are collected by the Receiver of Taxes, payments are forwarded to the local school district and if applicable, the local library district. Payment you make in response to the school bill are forwarded to your local school district and do not fund the operation of town government. School district residency is determined by the New York State Education Law. Disputes about residency must be resolved with the School Districts or the State Commissioner of Education. The Town has no jurisdiction in these matters.
Two factors determine the size of this bill, both of which are beyond the control of Hempstead Town Hall. They are:
- The assessment on your home, which is determined by Nassau County, and
- The budget adopted by your local Board of Education
If you have any questions about the school budget, please contact your local school district.
General Town Taxes include all Town and County taxes and any special district taxes (ie. sanitation districts, fire districts, etc.).
If you reside in an incorporated village, those taxes are collected by the individual villages. If you have any questions about your village taxes, please contact your local village for information.
If you pay BOTH the first and second half school taxes on or before November 10; or the first and second half GENERAL tax on or before February 10, you may deduct a one-percent discount on the second half tax. The "discounted" amount to pay can be found underneath the "TOTAL TAX" box on your bill(s).