Clavin Hosts Long Island's First Facebook Town Hall, Answers Participant's Posts

Issued by: Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin

Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin went LIVE today from Lido Beach where he hosted an interactive Town Hall focused on helping residents lower their property taxes. The Town Hall was broadcasted live via Facebook under the Receiver of Taxes’ Facebook page @TOHReceiver. What’s more, viewers “commented” to ask the Receiver questions and received answers in real-time. This is the first Facebook Town Hall meeting of which town officials are aware.

“Facebook has allowed millions of users to connect with each other from all over the world,” stated Clavin. “It’s about time we utilize this resource to strengthen our connections within the community. Facebook provides us with the opportunity to interact with residents from the comfort of their own homes. It’s convenient, transparent and accessible; that’s what good government is all about.”

Fielding questions from both the Town Hall meeting attendees and from the Facebook commenters, Clavin gave detailed explanations on property tax exemptions, assessment challenges, updates on Nassau County’s reassessment plan and the basic and enhanced STAR credits. Further, the Receiver showcased his office’s e-Billing program and the ease of signing up for it.

“During a time when Nassau County neighbors are clamoring for more information on property taxes and the County’s impending property revaluation project, it is important to truly reach out to the community to hear their questions and concerns,” said Clavin. “Taxes on Long Island are high. Residents deserve to know that tax relief options are out there.”

Residents logged onto their Facebook accounts and tuned into the stream by visiting the Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes page @TOHReceiver. The Receiver encouraged the residents to ask tax-related questions regarding their properties. Remember to like, comment and follow @TOHReceiver on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Receiver is also planning to stream additional Facebook Town Halls in the future at different hours to better accommodate all residents of Hempstead Town.

“I’m excited to be livestreaming the first ever Facebook Town Hall on Long Island,” said Clavin. “We’re diving headfirst into exciting, new territory for government, and it is my hope that this event paves the way for more transparent and accessible government service.”