Many New York golf courses, already reeling from the effects of the recession, find themselves at odds with municipalities over the assessed value of their golf courses and membership clubs.
At the law firm of Hacker Murphy, LLP, our lawyers represent golf courses statewide in property tax appeals or tax certiorari. We have a record of notable results in tax certiorari and other tax abatement litigation, having represented Mohawk Country Club in Niskayuna, Stadium Golf Course in Schenectady, and other New York golf courses.
Appealing Golf Course Property Tax Assessments in New York
Golf courses typically sell for a price that includes its business operation and other assets. However, only the value of the real estate may be considered in setting the property tax assessment. Assessing golf courses based on an outdated selling price rather than the value of their real estate would lead to an inflated assessment and unwarranted tax hike.
Another mistake that assessors often make is assessing golf courses based on alternative land uses, such as housing developments. A golf course should be assessed on its present use and condition, not on possible alternative uses.
Our lawyers will point out specific errors and factors that we believe should result in a reduction in assessed value and taxes for your golf course. Our property tax reduction practice is headed by founding partner David R. Murphy, an accomplished trial attorney with more than 35 years of experience in tax appeals and real estate litigation. Mr. Murphy has authored sections of "Review and Reduction of Real Property Assessments in New York" published by the New York State Bar Association.
Alternative Fee Arrangements
Our property tax appeal practice offers a variety of fee arrangements, including contingency fee and blended hourly and contingency fee arrangements. Under a contingency fee arrangement, our compensation would be a percentage of your tax savings if we prevail.
Property Tax Lawyers Serving Schenectady and Upstate New York
Contact us to schedule a consultation with our Albany golf course assessment attorneys. We can meet you at our office in Albany or at a location more convenient for you. Call (866) 919-9031.