NYC Property Tax Setup Allegedly Burdens Blacks, Hispanics

Law360, Los Angeles (February 26, 2014, 10:52 PM EST) -- New York City was hit with a putative class action Tuesday in state court, alleging the city's property tax classification system results in owners of rental properties where blacks and Hispanics predominantly reside paying higher taxes than owners of residential buildings that are largely occupied by whites.

The plaintiffs claim that New York City's property tax classification system, which was codified by the state Legislature in the 1980s, discriminates against black and Hispanic renters in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act by causing them to absorb the...
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