Is Your Property Assessment Fair

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Is Your Assessment Fair?

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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).

Is Your Assessment Fair?

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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).

1. Twilight Concert Series -

All Concerts are held in the south pavilion, with lots of room for sitting outdoors on the lawn or beach.  They start at 7:30pm and end about 9:00pm.  Concerts are normally held rain or shine, except in heavy thunderstorms.  There are two rain dates scheduled, if needed. 

Date                                             Concert

Tuesday, June 18                  M62's Band                            

Tuesday, June 25                  Fab Forward

Tuesday, July 2                     Scott Wenzel Big Band

Tuesday, July 9                     Urban Coyotes

Tuesday, July 16                   Billy and the Showmen

Tuesday, July 23                   The Derivatives

Tuesday, July 30                   Rain date*

Tuesday, Aug 6                     Angelo Rubino Band

Tuesday, Aug 13                   Rain date*

 2. Jazz by the Sound–

This 4 part concert series is new to Rye Town Park for the 2019 season! We are excited to be working with local booking agent Matt Garrison who books local artists to play in Rye and surrounding communities.  The concerts will take place on 4 Thursday evenings from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.  With two rain dates available. The dates are July 11, 18, 25 and August  Picnicking is welcomed! Regular parking rates apply. Concerts are free!

3. Children’s Storytime Program -

The staff of the Rye Free Reading Room will be leading young children and their caregivers in a fun and educational series of reading, games and other activities on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am to 10:15am, from July 9 through August 27.  Each program provides participants very interactive things to do.  The programs will be held rain or shine. 

Sessions will be held at the South Pavilion. Event is free but normal parking fees apply.

4. Outdoor Family Magic Show and Outdoor Movie -

The performances will be held on the lawn at the hill by the north beach entrance and snack bar building.

The family-oriented magic show will start at 7:00pm on Wednesday, July 17 and run about 45 minutes. 

5. Shakespeare In The Park- 'Much Ado about Nothing'

The Shakespeare in the Park , will be held on the lawn by the small pavilion. Lawnchair Theatre company will present performances on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.  Shows start at 6:30pm and end about 9:00pm.

6. Sand Castle Building Festival –  

This festival started in 2018!  We are thrilled to utilize our beautiful beach and waterfront for a popular summer activity – building sandcastles!  We suggest everyone to bring:  Sunblock, water, towels, and sculpting tools!  We want to see your most creative sculpture, castle, and design! This festival is on Saturday, July 20th from 10:00am – Noon.  Check in begins at 9:30am.  UPDATE** Please plan accordingly as the weather is predicted to be very hot and humid this weekend. Please use your judgement when coming to the festival as you will be in the sun.  Umbrellas or tents will be allowed.

 

7.  October Fall Festival –

The very BELOVED fall festival will be back for the third year in a row!  This festival was started in 2017.
The festival features – a LIVE band, petting zoo, food trucks, face painting,pumpkin painting, a pumpkin patch, bouncy castles, a HAY RIDE! And much much more!  If you are a vendor and would like to get involved in this festival, please contact ssumma@townofryeny.com.   This festival begins at 11am and ends at 3:00pm.  Parking is free and the fee is$10 per child, adults are free.  The date is Saturday, October 19th.  No rain date is scheduled for this event, it is held rain or shine so please use your judgement as the date approaches.

 

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:

  • Based on the value of the property on Valuation Date
  • Based on the  condition of the property and ownership as of Taxable Status Date

Taxable Status Date Examples:

Example 1:  Your home was destroyed by fire in April 2016  leaving only a vacant lot.

  • Because the property burned down prior to Taxable Status Date (May 1, 2016), your 2016 assessment was based on the vacant lot only.
  • Your 2016 assessment was based on the value of a vacant lot as  of Valuation Date (July 1, 2015).

Example 2:   Your home burned down on May 15, 2016 leaving only a vacant lot.

  • Because the property burned down after Taxable Status Date (May 1, 2016) , your 2016 assessment was based on your property with your home intact.
  • Your 2016 assessment was based on the value of your home as of Valuation Date ( July 1, 2015).

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT FILING A GRIEVANCE

Grievance Day is always the 3rd TUESDAY IN JUNE.  If you are filing a Grievance Form/Complaint on Assessment RP-524, you need to file a paper copy with the Assessment Office, even if you appear before the Board of Assessment Review on Grievance Day.
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 the 3rd TUESDAY IN JUNE.
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 3rd TUESDAY IN JUNE from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.
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