The Assessor is an official appointed by the Town Board for six-year term. To obtain basic certification from New York State an assessor must complete two assessment administration courses, two appraisal courses and an elective course within three years of taking office. To obtain State certified Assessor- Advanced certification two additional appraisal or assessment courses must be taken within two years of initial certification Appointed assessors must complete 24 hours of continuing education every year.
All real property, commonly know as estate, is assessed. Real property is defined as land and any permanent structures attached to it. The Assessor estimates the value of real property in the Town. The value is converted into and assessment, which is a component in the computation of real property tax bills. The assessor maintains the assessment roll by keeping the physical description, or inventory, and value estimate of every parcel of property in the Town up-to-date. An annual report is filled with the State Board of Real Property Services on assessment changes.
The assessor also performs other administrative functions. New construction and other improvements to real property are inspected to keep the property’s assessed. The assessor also approves and keeps track of property tax exemptions. Among the most common are Senior citizen, STAR, Veterans, agricultural, Forest and business exemptions.
The assessor’s office reviews every transfer of real property and verifies the information for accuracy. The assessor also reviews appraisals made by the State Board for use in developing equalization rates.
The Board of Assessment Review meets on the forth Tuesday of May to hear taxpayer grievances. The assessor is required to attend all public hearing of the Board of Assessment Review and present evidence in support of the tentative assessment. If assessment reductions are denied by the Board of Assessment Review the property owner can appeal to Small Claims Assessment Review. The assessor prepares evidence for those hearings.