Is Your Assessment Fair?
To understand assessments, it is recommended you begin by watching the 3.5-minute NYS YouTube video entitled, "Is Your Assessment Fair?"
IMPORTANT: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU CHECK YOUR ASSESSMENT ANNUAL once the tentative assessment roll is published on June 1st (unless June 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then it is published the following Monday). It can be found on our Assessment Roll webpage. Since the town assesses at 100% of market value, your assessment and the assessor's estimate of market value will be the same. If you disagree with the assessment you have an opportunity to file a Grievance between June 1st through the 3rd Tuesday in June (Grievance Day).
Contesting Your Assessment (Grievance Procedures)
Available from the NYS Department of Tax and Finance is a publication entitled, "Contesting Your Assessment in NYS," as well as a 4-minute YouTube Video entitled, "Contesting Your Property Assessment."
Grievance Day is always the 3rd Tuesday in June. Complaints on Assessment (grievance form RP-524) will not be accepted before the publishing of the tentative assessment roll on June 1st and NOT AFTER Grievance Day.
On Grievance Day, you do not need to appear before the Board of Assessment Review (BAR), unless you would like your case heard. Hearings are conducted on a first-come first-served basis. Each year, at the end of May a notice regarding the publishing of the tentative assessment roll is posted in the local newspaper. That posting includes the Grievance Day hearing hours. Those hours will also be available on this website.
For residential property assessments, you want to establish what you believe your assessment should be through comparable sales (market values). To determine the market value of your property, please visit the NYS Department of Taxation & Finance's webpage, "How to Estimate the Market Value of Your Home." For recent sales within the town's respective villages, please visit our Sales Data webpage.
The town's Valuation Date is July 1st of the prior year. For example, for 2016 complaints, the valuation date was July 1, 2015. The Valuation Date is the date upon which the value of your property is based. According to NYS Department of Tax & Finance: "The lag between Tentative Roll Date and Valuation Date enables assessors and taxpayers to use all available sales before AND after the Valuation Date to estimate the value of property."
The town's Taxable Status Date is the condition of the property and ownership as of May 1st of the current assessment roll year.
The assessments published on the tentative and final assessment rolls are:
Taxable Status Date Examples:
Example 1: Your home was destroyed by fire in April 2016 leaving only a vacant lot.
Example 2: Your home burned down on May 15, 2016 leaving only a vacant lot.
BAR Notices of Determination
Notification of the BAR's decision are mailed on or just before September 15th, when the final assessment roll is published.
Residential property owners who are not satisfied with he BAR determination have the right to judicial review known as Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) which is available to owners of one, two, or three-family owner-occupied residential structures used exclusively for residential purposes. SCAR is also available to owners of vacant land that is not of sufficient size to contain a one, two, or three-family dwelling.
For more information please visit NYS Department of Tax & Finance's Grievance Procedures webpage.
Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR)
IMPORTANT: SCAR petitions must be filed within 30 days of the filing of the final assessment roll. Since the final assessment roll is filed on September 15th each year, the deadline for filing a SCAR petition is October 15th.
Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) is a procedure that provides certain property owners with an opportunity to challenge their assessment as determined by the BAR.
SCAR petitions must be filed electronically with the Westchester County Clerk's Office. For more information, please visit their SCAR Petitions webpage or you can reach them by phone (914) 995-3070 or email at CC-Legal@westchestergov.com.
The SCAR process is handled through the NYS Unified Court System. Please visit their webpages for complete information. See links on right.
ABOUT FILING A GRIEVANCE
Grievance Day is June 21, 2016. If you are filing a Grievance Form/Complaint on Assessment RP-524, you need to file a paper copy with the Assessment Office.
Due to the nature and volume of paperwork, faxed and emailed copies are NOT ACCEPTED. We trust you understand and we appreciate your cooperation.
The assessment office requires only 1 copy of the completed Grievance Form. If you would like your own copy to be date stamped/received, please provide an additional copy for your records.
If you are sending a copy by U.S. mail, it must be officially postmarked on or before June 21, 2016.
Also, if you are bringing a copy with you to the Grievance Day hearing and you wish to retain a date stamped copy for yourself, you must bring your own copy. Copiers are not available during the evening session from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
The BAR (Board of Assessment Review) will hear grievances on June 21, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.
NYS Video (3.5 minutes) "Is Your Assessment Fair?"
NYS Publication "Contesting Your Assessment in NYS"
NYS Dept. of Tax & Finance's "How to Estimate the Market Value of your Home"
NYS Dept. of Tax & Finance's "Grievance Procedures"
Complaint on Assessment (Grievance Form) [RP-524]
NYS Dept. of Tax & Finance's Property Tax Calendar
NYS Video (4 minutes), "Contesting Your Assessment"
NYS Courts Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) Overview
SCAR Petition Instructions
Westchester County Clerk SCAR Petitions