Town of Lysander - Real Property Tax Exemption Administration (2018M-221)

Issued Date
January 25, 2019

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Audit Objective

Determine whether the Town Assessor properly administered select real property tax exemptions.

Key Findings

  • We reviewed 116 properties with agricultural, senior citizen and veteran exemptions and found 14 (12 percent) lacked adequate supporting documentation (e.g., applications, renewal forms, income support and military records) to verify taxpayer eligibility.

Key Recommendations

The Assessor should:

  • Ensure all applicants provide adequate supporting documentation before granting exemptions.
  • Maintain documentation to support eligibility for all exemptions granted.
  • Ensure previously granted exemptions are supported and continue to meet eligibility requirements.

Town officials agreed with our findings and indicated they plan to initiate corrective action.