Albany, NY (WIBX) - Local governments across New York could save a much as $12.5 million dollars annually by improving tax assessment procedures and sharing assessment duties with other governments.

That's according to a report from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

DiNapoli says there is no need for properties to be assessed over and over again by every level of local government.

He says towns, villages and counties should eliminate duplication and improve the quality of assessments to cut costs and save taxpayer dollars.

The report also encourages municipalities to reassess properties regularly to cut down on the number of assessment challenges brought by taxpayers.

A copy of the report on tax assessments can be found at www.osc.state.ny.us.