Assessor

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Assessor

Michael Maxwell, Assessor   mmaxwell@townofskaneateles.com

Kim Benda, Clerk   kbenda@townofskaneateles.com 

Telephone  315-685-0745

Fax  315-685-5449

*Please submit any Address Change forms to the Assessor

As your Assessor I am dedicated to maintaining a fair and equitable assessment roll each year. I welcome anyone who may have a question to call and make an appointment to meet with me so I may have the opportunity to meet you and also to hopefully answer your questions. The main purpose of the Assessor’s Office is to provide a service to our customers, who are the taxpayers of the municipality. Maintaining a fair and equitable assessment roll is a very important part of this service.

This office also administers some of the property tax exemptions and their renewals. Many of these exemptions need to be applied for each year and must be filed in this office no later than March 1st. Forms are available here in the Assessor’s Office and online at https://www.tax.ny.gov/forms/orpts/exemption.htm

2022 Grievance Procedures 

Tentative Roll Date - May 1st is the date in which the Assessor has completed the tax roll for that given year.  Review your assessment to ascertain if it is a FAIR MARKET VALUE of your property.  If you do not agree with the value placed on your property by the Assessor, you may make an appointment to have an informal review of your assessment with the assessor prior to Grievance Day.  If you are dissatisfied with the results of your informal review, you may file a formal complaint on or before Grievance Day.  Form RP-524 (3/09) is available in the Assessor's Office and online at https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp524_fill_in.pdf

The Assessor’s Office mailed out reassessment notices the last week of April. You will only receive a notice if there has been a change in your assessment. The following are dates the Assessor will be sitting with the Roll and available to speak with residents regarding their assessments:

  • Monday, May 16th 9am - 1pm
  • Saturday, May 21st 8am - 12pm
  • Monday, May 23rd 4pm - 8pm
  • Tuesday, May 24th 9am - 1pm

Please call 315-685-0745 to make an appointment during any of those times. Walk-ins will be seen on a first come, first serve basis between appointments.  

Options to Contest Your Assessment 

  • Speak to Assessor while he sits with the Roll (in-person or by phone)
  • Present case to Board of Assessment Review at Grievance, May 24th 4pm-8pm*
  • Mail/Submit Form RP524 to Board of Assessment Review BEFORE 8pm 5/24

Click for guidance on how to Contest Your Assessment 

*May 24, 2022

4:00pm - 8:00pm Grievance with Board of Assessment Review

  • All required documents MUST be submitted by 8:00pm to be eligible for review
  • Make an appointment to be heard as efficiently as possible
  • Walk-in's welcome, will be seen between appointments on a first come, first serve basis
  • RP524 must be completed and filed with the Board, click for Online Fillable Grievance Form
  • You do not have to be present to have your application reviewed by the Board
  • The determination of the Board will not be made at Grievance, you will receive a notice via mail at a later date
Key Numbers 
  • Taxable Status Date: March 1
  • Valuation Date: July 1
  • Tentative Roll: May 1
  • Grievance Day: 4th Tuesday in May (5/24/2022)
  • Last Revaluation: 2009
  • Number of Parcels: Village 1241 & Town (outside Village) 3058
  • Equalization Rate - 75% (Uniform level of Assessment)
EXEMPTION RENEWAL INFORMATION:
  • Exemption forms are due by March 1, 2022
  • Renewal forms for local exemptions were mailed to those currently enrolled the last week of November 2021
  • Residents currently enrolled in the Enhanced STAR program are NOT required to submit additional documents to renew their status unless contacted directly by the State of New York.
  • Below you will find a list of the forms accepted here in the Assessor's Office.

 IMPORTANT 2019 CHANGES TO EXEMPTIONS FOR PROPERTY OWNERS 65 AND OVER....CLICK LINK BELOW:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYTAX/bulletins/2066c31

Exemption Forms:

  • Alternative Veterans - RP 458-A 2 page Application for Alternative Veterans Exemption from Real Property Service.
  • Senior Citizen Exemption / Renewal - RP 467 & RP 467-RNW Applications for Partial Tax Exemption of Senior Citizens.  This is a local exemption different from the State's STAR program with income limitations of no more than $37,400.00/year for the household.
  • Disabled Persons with limited income - RP 459-C 2 pages Application for Partial Tax Exemption of the Real Property of persons with disabilities and limited income.
  • Clergy Exemption - RP 460 Application for Partial Tax Exemption for Real Property of members of Clergy.
  • Agricultural Exemptions - RP 305 9 page Application for agricultural land exemption. RP483 2 page Application for agricultural and horticultural building and structures.
  • Commercial, Business or Industrial Exemptions - RP 485-B 2 page Application for Tax Exemption for Commercial, Business or Industrial Real Property. RP 412-A 2 page Application for Industrial Development Agencies.
  • Non-Profit Organization - Application for Real Property Tax Exemption for non-profit Organization. Check with Assessor’s office for correct form.
  • Volunteer Firefighters/Ambulance Workers - RP466g 2 page Application for Volunteer Firefighters/Volunteer Ambulance Workers Exemption (For Use in Onondaga County Only), cannot be used in conjunction with an income tax exemption. 
  • Income Verification Program - RP 425-IVP 1 page option for Enhanced STAR.
  • New STAR applicants (Basic and Enhanced) need to register with the New York State Tax Department to receive a STAR Credit check.  Visit www.tax.ny.gov or call (518) 457-2036.
Important Links

2018 Real Property Tax Exemption Report of Examination - New York State Comptroller...click here