The Assessor is a local government official who is appointed by the Town Board for a term of 6 years. The Assessor has the responsibility of identifying and estimating the value of real property located within the town. At present, we have approximately 6,500 parcels. A second function of the position requires that the assessor approve all exemptions. New York State certifies all assessors and monitors the training requirements of new and experienced assessors.
A Message from the Assessor
My staff and I are happy to help you with your questions and concerns.
Sue McCarthy, Assessor
Sheila Terry, Clerk
The office updates new construction and major improvements with information from the Building Inspector. We are also required to look at each parcel once every 6 years to verify the accuracy of the property records.
Key Dates Affecting the Assessment Process
March 1 Taxable Status Date
All property is valued based upon its physical condition on March 1
All exemptions both new applications and renewals are due by March 1
July 1 (of the prior year) Valuation Date
Properties are valued based upon the market condition as of July 1 of the year prior to the assessment year. This time gap allows the assessor to analyze the market conditions
May 1 Tentative Roll
The Tentative Assessment Roll is prepared and made available to the public on this date so that interested parties can check the assessment and verify that the exemptions are listed. It is named “Tentative” because it can be corrected by the assessor or changed through the grievance process.
4th Tuesday in May Grievance Day
Between May 1 and the 4th Tuesday, all grievances must be presented for the Board of Assessment Review . The Board is comprised of local residents with real estate knowledge who meet on this day to hear and review claims of over assessment.
How do I contest my assessment?
You are required to show why you are over assessed or assessed at a higher rate than other similar properties. The forms are available at the Assessor’s office and there is a wealth of information available at the state website www.tax.ny.gov
Information on recent sales and assessment data is available at the Town Hall or through our on line information system
How to Contact the Department of Assessment
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