Requests for informal assessment
review may be presented to the Assessor's office prior to the filing of
the Town's tentative assessment roll on May 1st each year.
(Request should be made by March 20th to allow sufficient time for review
before the assessment roll is published.)
Informal review requests should include
documentation to support any claims of over-assessment such as
comparable property assessments, comparable sales information, recent
appraisals and the like.
Formal assessment appeals are heard by the
Town appointed Board of Assessment Review.
The Board of Review meets annually on the
fourth Tuesday in May.
If you wish to appear before the
Board of Review, you must call
the Assessor’s office in May to schedule a hearing (845-986-1123).
You must complete a Complaint form before
you appear before the Review Board
booklet explaining the procedure can be downloaded from the link at the
bottom of this page or at the Assessor’s office).
The Board of Assessment Review meets to hear
complaints on assessments. They cannot hear complaints based on taxes.
The Board does not meet to answer questions
Questions should be directed to the
Assessor’s office prior to the hearing date.
All complaint information should be in
writing and included with the complaint.
All supporting documents should be copied
and given to the Board (information submitted must stay with the complaint
form, it will not be returned).
If your documentation is complete and
self-explanatory, it is not necessary for you to appear before the Board.
You may file your complaint form and documentation with the Assessor’s
office before the hearing date. Applications will then be forwarded to the Board
for their review.
Each year the Assessor researches the
relationship between market value as of July 1st (the legal valuation
date) and the Town's assessments in order to determine the uniform level of assessment
for the year. When claiming unequal assessment, that ratio
may be used. Comparable sales to support an appeal should reflect
the value as of the July 1st, the legal valuation date, not current sales or
current sale listings which may reflect a change in value since the July
1st valuation date.