A Message from the Assessor
The assessor is a local government official who estimates the value of real property containing approximately 6,500 parcels within the Town's boundaries. This value is then converted into an assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills.
2013 Fact Sheet
For more information contact:
Brad Canning, Assessor, Town Hall
Data Collector: Mike O'Brien – Part Time
The Town of East Greenbush has an appointed assessor who is appointed by the Town Board for a period of six years. The assessor and staff maintain the assessment roll – the document that contains every property's assessment. To do this, the physical description, or inventory, and value estimate of every parcel of real property in the municipality is kept-up-to-date.
The assessor also updates new construction, and major improvements to existing structures as to maintain a current value. In addition, the assessor administers property tax exemptions (STAR, Senior Enhanced STAR, Veterans, and Agriculture).We review every transfer in the municipality and the basic information on the buyer, seller and sale price is reviewed for accuracy. The assessment records are then updated.
STAR Registration Program- COMING SOON
New Legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive STAR exemptions in 2014 and subsequent years.
Homeowners will not have to register in order to receive their 2013 STAR exemptions.
This is part of a new initiative to protect New Yorkers against the costs of inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.
The registration will only apply to Basic STAR recipients. Seniors receiving Enhanced STAR are not affected by the new registration requirement.
Seniors must, however, continue to:
1) Apply annually, or
2) Participate in the Income Verification Program.
DO NOTHING NOW!!
New York State Office of Real Property Tax and Finance will mail all Basic STAR recipients information on when and how to register.
To support the registration effort, the following new penalties, sanctions, and fees have been enacted:
1) Penalties for intentionally providing misinformation to an assessor will increase from $100 to as much as $2500
2) The number of years for which a taxpayer must repay inappropriate STAR benefits will increase from three to as many as six years
3) Taxpayers whose STAR exemption is revoked will be unable to receive the exemption for six years after the revocation
4) An additional $500 processing fee will be imposed whenever an inapprpriate exemption granted after April 1, 2013 is revoked
The processing fees and penaltieswill be retained by local governments, while the State will recover the value of the STAR benefits provided to ineligible taxpayers.
To learn more about the new registration program call (518) 457-2036
Key Dates Affecting the Assessment Process:
- Exemption filing deadline is March 1st
- May 1st –Tentative Assessment is filed. Change of Assessment Notices are mailed May – 1 10th/Tentative Assessment Roll is available from may 1st to Grievance Day (the 4th Tuesday in May)
- Grievance Day – 4th Tuesday in May in the EG Town Hall, 225 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, NY 12144 please call 518-477-9710 to make an appointment. WHAT TO DO IF YOU DISAGREE WITH YOUR ASSESSMENT includes instructions and blank complaint application (Form RP524) which MUST BE FILED BY Grievance Day. Available here on –line, or can be picked up in our office.
How to Contact the Department of Assessment
||Department of Assessment
East Greenbush Town Hall
225 Columbia Turnpike
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Phone Number: 518-477-9710
Fax Number: 518-689-2495