Monday, April 7, 2014

Making Sense of the New York City Property Tax Assessment Information and Law

If you've ever tried to make sense of the New York City Property Tax Assessment Information, you would know that the information has evolved over a long period of time.  And just as barnacles attach themselves to a ship,  special interest laws attach themselves to our property tax system.  Here is the process:

“If you clean a ship or put a new ship to sea, it’s coated with microbes within a day,” said Van Mooy. “Not enough to see, but the first microbes are starting to lie down. And then the slime begins to grow over the course of weeks. That is essentially a gateway community to the barnacles and other things.”
“The slime” is a biofilm, a thin sheet of bacteria that stick to each other and to a matrix of molecules they exude to communicate with each other and to provide a hospitable environment for themselves. Once the slime forms, the rush is on, as algae and the larvae of creatures such as barnacles attach and begin to grow.

source: http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/feature/barnacles-and-biofilms
Well here is a tool to try to extract the ship from the slime.

See http://property.brooklyncoop.org/ 





presentation link: