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).

Park Rules, Regulations and FAQ's – Park rules have been formulated for the protection of all park users.  Following the rules makes it possible for park users to have a safe and enjoyable experience.  If you have any concerns about the rules or the behavior of anyone in the park, please contact the park director or call (914) 939-3553.

Park rangers patrol the park regularly, but you can also ask for help from other staff, include cashiers, parking attendants, lifeguards, and maintenance workers.  The Park Director’s office is in the administration building, and Park Security Office is in the main bathrooms building just west of the showers.  

Lost and Found and other Assistance Procedures – If you find anything, please return it to any member of the Park staff.  The Lost and Found center is at the Director’s Office in the Administration (towers) building.

Hours of operation - The park is open from dawn to midnight.  All cars must be out of the Park before closing time.  The parking lot opens at 9:00 a.m.  Pedestrian entrances to the Park are located along Dearborn, Forest and Rye Beach Avenues.

Rye Town Park is under the legal jurisdiction of the City of Rye.  Rules particular to the park include the following prohibitions:

- Picnicking without a special permit

- Ball playing

- Glassware

-Loud Radios

-Littering 

-Dogs off the leash are not permitted (except from 6am- 9am in the designated area, with proper registration, see below)

Rules and Regulations For Off-Leash Dogs
  • Dogs may only be off leash between the hours of 6-9 am, in the designated area
  • All dogs must be licensed, current with all shots and healthy
  • Dog owners must register with the Rye City Clerk annually - Phone 914 967-7371 for details
  • Please note: Starting In January 2016 there will be a $25 registration fee
  • Dogs off leash must have a registration tag affixed to collar
  • Maximum number of dogs that any one person shall have custody and control over is three
  • Owners/walkers must not leave dogs unattended and shall have dogs under voice control at all times
  • Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by them
  • Dogs must be discouraged from digging - owners must fill in any holes their dogs dig
  • Aggressive dogs are not permitted

Download Off Leash Permit Application

Beach Rules & Regulations

Below you will find a full list of rules and regulations that all beach & park goers are to follow. If you have any questions or would like to obtain a list for yourself you can contact the Park at (914) 967-0965.

  1. Glassware and bottles are not permitted on the beach
  2. All Children 16 years and younger MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times
  3. Dogs and other pets are not permitted on the beach and are restricted to the north and west end of the park during the regular bathing season
  4. Loud radios are not permitted - any radio that may be heard from more than a 50 ft. radius may constitute a loud radio
  5. Spear or line fishing is not permitted on the beach
  6. The jetty and rocks are closed to the general public
  7. Ball and frisbee playing are only permitted in the designated areas marked by green flags against the rear walls
  8. No large coolers with alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach, barbecues are allowed by permit only
  9. No small craft is permitted within the swim areas and must remain a distance of 100 ft. from all safety lines; jet skis must remain a distance of 500 ft. from safety lines
  10. Children under 16 years of age must be at all times accompanied by an adult responsible for their behavior while at the facility
  11. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult down to the water's edge
  12. Children with flotation devices must remain in shallow water, and those under the age of 12 must be supervised by an adult at all times
  13. Nude bathing is not permitted at this facility, nor is any patron to act lewdly or in a lascivious manner or wear a bathing suit that may offend public decency
  14. Patrons may fly a kite in the park only
  15. No diving is permitted at this facility
  16. No Fishing is permitted at this facility in the duck pond or in the Long Island Sound Waters
  17. No hunting or harm of ducks at the duck pond is allowed

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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