Real Property Tax Service
ALERT - TAX BILLS HAVE BEEN MAILED
Please read these FAQ's if you have a question about your bill.
Q: My taxes are in escrow. Why did I receive a bill?
A: It is a courtesy copy of the bill. Look at the information box in the upper right corner of the tax bill and if you see a code under the word BANK, then rest assured that your bank will also receive a copy. If the box is blank, then we don't have a record of your taxes being in escrow.
Q: Why are there two different numbers showing the "value" of my property on my tax bill?
A: The Full Market Value and the Assessed Value are not the same when the Uniform Percentage of Value (also known as the Equalization Rate) is less than 100%. Due to changes in the sales market in Schuyler County, current Equalization Rates are between 73% and 87%. This means that your assessment very likely did NOT change this year, but the estimate of the Full Market Value went up because the assessment no longer represents the market value according to an analysis provided by New York State. Keep in mind, this may impact how your exemptions are calculated and not something we can change.
Q: I bought/sold property last year, so why did/didn't I get a tax bill?
A: There is a 6-8 week processing time before new owner information is updated in our database. Tax bill files were processed in December so if you bought, sold or split property and it was filed with the County Clerk after October 31, 2023, it will not be reflected on the current tax bill. However, copies of the bills are available here on our website.
EXEMPTION DEADLINE - MARCH 1. Per NYS Real Property Tax Law, all property tax exemption paperwork must be submitted to the Assessor no later than March 1, each year. This includes Agricultural renewals and leases, income based exemptions and all first time exemption applications.
- Tom Bloodgood - Cayuta
Contact Our Office
In most Counties across New York State, the assessing function is a municipal responsibility controlled by the towns. However, Schuyler County has been a leader in developing shared service relationships with our towns, villages, and school districts. As a result, seven of eight (7/8) towns currently contract with us for assessment services, resulting in a substantial cost savings and more equitable assessment rolls. We are responsible for maintaining the data and systems needed to generate accurate:
- Tax Maps
- Assessment Rolls
- Tax Rolls
- Tax Bills