The Assessor is the official who estimates the value of real property, which is converted into an assessment (one component in the calculation of real property taxes). It is the assessor's obligation to maintain a fair and equitable assessment roll.
Other responsibilities of the assessor's department is to review and record all transfers of real property and the administration of whole or partial property tax exemptions.
- What are my taxes & when are they due?
Taxes are due the same time every year:
- 4/30: County/Town Tax Due
- 9/30: 1st Half School Tax Due
- 1/31: 2nd Half School Tax Due
For more information on tax bills, amounts, and late penalties, please contact the Receiver of Taxes' office at 914-742-2348.
- Will my assessment increase if I improve or renovate my home?
It depends. Generally, any improvement that increases the market value of your home should increase your assessment. However, each project is reviewed individually and sometimes an increase isn't warranted.
If you are contemplating an improvement/renovation and want to obtain an estimate on whether your assessment will change and to what extent, this office can help you.
- Please provide us with plans and/or drawings as detailed as possible.
- A statement of the intended work to be done.
- An estimate of market costs to complete the project (full market value).
We will reply by letter with an estimate of the change, if any, to your assessment, which is good for one year from the date of the written response and subject to our inspection and verification of the work done upon completion of the same.
Please call the Assessor's office at 914-742-2345 if you have questions.
- What do I need for an informal review of the assessment on my residential property?
The Assessor's Office will, upon request, provide an informal review of your assessment if you believe the equalized value exceeds the current market value of your property.
To determine your equalized market value, divide the total assessment of your property by the latest residential assessment ratio. If the result is higher than the current market value of your property, you may be over-assessed.
Informal review requests (which may be made by the property owner, contract vendee, or a real estate agent authorized by the owner) must be made in writing and include the following:
- Your opinion of the current market value of the property supported by an appraisal or analysis which includes a thorough description of all improvements and conclusive evidence of market value (generally, a Fannie Mae appraisal by an NYS licensed appraiser provides the best documentation).
- A list of all improvements made to the home within the last two years. Also, include improvements that you plan to make prior to next June 1.
- A contact name and daytime phone number to arrange an inspection if necessary
Please be advised that the deadline for filing an Informal Review request is the last business day in March for consideration on the June 1st Tentative Assessment Roll. If the assessment is reduced, you will receive a letter to that effect on or around June 1st. Taxes based on this assessment start with the town/county tax bill issued in April of the following year.
If your assessment is not reduced, you will be advised. If you choose, you may file a grievance with the Board of Assessment Review by the third Tuesday in June.
Assessed Value divided by Residential Assessment Ratio = Assessor's Estimate Market Value
Note: It is not possible to offer this service between April 1st and August 1st in any given year as the appropriate time is not available to devote to each case.
- I think my taxes are too high. Do I need to hire someone to represent me?
The Assessor's office will upon request, provide an informal review of your assessment. There is no need to hire an attorney or representative. The Assessor's office can only address the value of your property through its assessment; we have no control over tax rates. View more information on the informal review process.
- What types of exemptions are offered and who is eligible?
Virtually all owner-occupied primary residences are eligible for exemptions. Some exemptions are STAR, Senior Citizens, Veterans, Persons with Disabilities, and Volunteer Firefighter/Ambulance Workers. On this site, you will find most of the exemptions offered with requirements and applications. The deadline for all exemption applications is June 1. If you have any further questions you can call the Assessor's office at 914-742-2345.
- When is grievance day?
Grievance Day is the third Tuesday of June.
Find Grievance details and forms in the Assessor department. If you have any further questions you can call the Assessor's Office at 914-742-2345.