Assessor

Pam Cook

2019 Re-Assessment Project

Reassessment Project Update

The Town of Austerlitz’s reassessment project began at the beginning of June.  During the past few months, you may have seen or spoken with the Assessor and/or Columbia County Data Collectors as they travel the roads re-inspecting and verifying property information.  The data collection phase will continue until all properties have been updated and verified.

At completion of phase 1, you will be sent a property description report listing the data collected for the property your own.  This will afford you the opportunity to review the inventory collected, provide input on the accuracy of the data and send comments and any changes back to the assessor’s office.

As indicated in the town’s spring newsletter, there are several stages to the reassessment project with the data collection portion being the first step.  The following list provides the most important steps that take place.

  1. Recollect and/or verify the inventory of all parcels in the town. This includes all residential, commercial and vacant lands.  Austerlitz has over 1500 parcels.  (currently taking place)
  2. Inform property owners of the data that has been collected. A property description report and inventory information will be sent to each property owner for their input on the accuracy of the data and returned to the assessor.  (by end of October)
  3. Review the property owner’s input and comments. Correct data if necessary, or make another visit with the homeowner.  This is a very important step as this data will be used in creating the preliminary value of the property.
  4. Compile and compare all sales data in the town.
  5. Perform initial valuation estimate.
  6. Inform property owners of the new preliminary assessed value by mail.
  7. Owners who wish to review their preliminary assessment and the information used to reach the new assessment, will schedule an appointment with the assessor. This provides the opportunity to discuss the value in an informal process.
  8. Notify homeowners of any change by mail that results from their appointment.
  9. If property owner is still dissatisfied with their new assessment, a formal complaint can be filed. The homeowner then has the opportunity to appear before the Board of Assessment Review on Grievance Day in May 2019.
  10. All new assessments go into effect September 2019.

Please remember that reassessments do not necessarily mean that your assessment or your taxes will increase.  Furthermore, if your assessment does increase, it does not necessarily mean your taxes will increase.  By law, a property’s assessment is supposed to reflect its market value.  As market values increase or decrease and the assessments do not keep pace and reflect these changes, some property owners pay more than their fair share of taxes, while others may pay less than their fair share. Reassessments are intended to restore fairness within your community.

As always, property owners are welcome and encouraged to contact me if you have a question or concern.  By emailing www.assessor@austerlitzny.com, being the fastest way for me to provide you with an answer.   Or you can phone 518-392-3260 (x305), and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Thank you for your support and assistance in your Town’s important project.

Pamela Cook, Assessor

Key dates
March 1st: Exemption filing deadline
March 1st: Taxable Status Date
May 1st: Tenative roll is filed
May 29th Grievance day
July 1st Final Roll and Valuation Day
September 1st School bills sent
January 1st Town/County/special district bills sent

 

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Phone: (518)392-3260 ext. 305
Fax: (518)392-9350

Hours of Business: Friday 1:00 – 5:00

Mailing Address:
PO Box 238
Spencertown, NY 12165

Forms:
Tax Exemption Forms

STAR Program School Tax Relief

County Treasurer’s Office

Links:
Columbia County Assessment Roll