The new migrants are not to “blame” for increasing property taxes as it relates to private property improvements. Rather, it is the combination of the expenses related to the inflating carrying costs of maintaining and upgrading, “fix up”, a century old, densely populated & impoverished city -and- a tax model of levying a tax as a revenue source, to pay for the former, based on the tangible property’s assessment (an assessment that, theoretically, is a reflection of supply and demand). Newburgh’s carrying costs will increase regardless of property value assessments. It should be pointed out that the Burgh’s biggest carrying costs, its Safety departments, far exceed that of its DPW. “Crack dens” are expensive. That said, signing off on any grants and exemptions, public or private, unless there is an immediate tangible benefit that will not add to future carrying costs. In that sense, a limousine liberal mindset of tax $ funded cultural “projects” on par with necessary infrastructure improvements will exasperate a perpetually increasing tax levy. Ironically, those fleeing tax expensive states due to this ideology (see Cali., NY. etc.) often initiate the same cost increase think to the cheaper locales (Arizona, Texas, etc.) they move into. Again, a government sponsored tax model enables this cycle. It’s interesting that you tag the City of Newburgh as a town.