COVID-19 Vaccine RESOURCES
We recognize that COVID-19 vaccines are at the top of everyone’s mind, and that many IFT members are hoping to be able to schedule their vaccination as soon as possible. We also realize you may have questions or concerns regarding the vaccine or vaccination process.
We have created a vaccination resource center to help you sort out some frequently asked questions.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if I am paying too much property taxes in Ossining?
Homes are taxed based on the Town of Ossining's assessment. The Town of Ossining Assessor sometimes overestimates the assessed value of your home. If the Ossining Assessor overestimated the assessed value, it means your home is over assessed and you are paying more than your fair share of property taxes.
Does the Assessor’s Office in Ossining make errors in determining the assessed value of homes in Ossining?
Yes, mistakes sometimes happen. Categories of mistakes include incorrectly recording the square footage, lot size, and number of rooms, to name a few. These discrepancies might drive a higher assessed value of your home.
How can I reduce my property taxes in Ossining?
In order to reduce your property taxes in Ossining, one must challenge the assessment by filing a property tax assessment grievance with the Ossining Board of Assessment Review. You only have one chance each year to challenge your property tax assessment in Ossining.
Can my Ossining property taxes go up by going through this process?
No, your assessment cannot be increased by filing a property tax assessment grievance in Ossining. New York State Law mandates that all properties be assessed fairly. If you are over-assessed, you have the legal right to challenge your assessment. You have nothing to lose.
What is your fee for Ossining residents?
There’s no fee unless we can reduce your assessment. We work on contingency basis. Our fee is 50% of the first year’s tax savings. All future savings are yours to enjoy.
Do I need an appraisal to appeal my property taxes in Ossining?
There is no requirement as to the type of evidence needed.
My neighbor and I have almost the same home so why are their property taxes lower than ours?
Your neighbor’s property may be under-assessed, or your neighbor may have exemptions that you do not have.
Why is Equitable Property Tax Reductions successful in Ossining?
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COVID is real and unpredictable. I don't have the power to stop the virus, but I do have the power to protect myself and my community.
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THE VACCINE WILL GIVE ME COVID-19.
YOU CANNOT GET COVID-19 FROM THE VACCINE.
Neither of the authorized vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. The vaccines contain mRNA which works with the body's natural defenses to safely develop an immune response to the disease. When vaccinated, you will not test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.
THE VACCINE HAS NOT BEEN TESTED ENOUGH TO KNOW IF IT IS SAFE.
THE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE VACCINES HAVE PROVEN TO BE SAFE.
The vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving more than 70,000 people to make sure they meet safety and efficacy standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities.
THE VACCINE WILL MAKE ME SICK OR HAVE SEVERE SIDE EFFECTS.
SEVERE SIDE EFFECTS ARE VERY UNLIKELY
While the vaccines have proven to be safe, some individuals who have received the vaccines have experienced some "after-effects" such as pain or swelling near the site of the injection. In fewer cases some individuals who were vaccinated had fever, aches or chills, all of which resolved in a few days.
I'VE ALREADY HAD COVID-19 SO I DON'T NEED TO GET VACCINATED.
THE CDC RECOMMENDS THAT YOU GET VACCINATED EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY HAD COVID-19.
While you have some natural immunity after recovering from COVID-19, it is not known how long this protection will last. So the vaccine can help protect you after that.
I WON'T NEED TO WEAR A MASK OR SOCIAL DISTANCE ONCE I RECEIVE THE VACCINE.
IT REMAINS IMPORTANT THAT INDIVIDUALS FOLLOW GUIDANCE ON SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND WEAR MASKS EVEN AFTER BEING VACCINATED.
Virus transmission was not studied as part of the clinical trials, so it is unknown whether the approved vaccines stop the spread of COVID-19.