The Austerlitz 2019 Town Wide Reassessment Project has been completed. You will receive notice in the mail of your new assessment for the 2019 Tentative Assessment Roll.

This value WILL NOT reflect any exemptions that may lower the taxable assessed value. 

If you would like to discuss your assessment, an informal review appointment may be scheduled with the assessor. You must be prepared to support your opinion of value. Evidence may include a certified valuation of appraisal, not an appraisal for a refinance or mortgage, recent photos, comparable sales, or a homeowner's insurance declaration page. This information will not be returned. Though no changes will be made at the informal review, information provided will be reviewed and you will be notified by mail of the results before Grievance Day. Grievance Day is May 29, 2019.

Meetings are scheduled for 15 minutes per parcel. No exceptions. 

INFORMAL REVIEW MEETINGS are ONLY available on the following dates. 

Wednesday, March 20th      9am - 2pm
Thursday, March 21st          9am - 12pm
Monday, March 25th            9am - 12pm
Tuesday, March 26th           4pm - 7pm
Thursday, March 28th          9am - 12pm
Saturday, March 30th           2pm - 5pm

You may schedule an appointment to meet with the Assessor at the Austerlitz Town Hall by calling:

Columbia County Real Property 518-828-7334

Appointments will not be scheduled through the Assessor's office or Town Hall

********Walk ins will not be accepted********

If you cannot make an appointment you may submit a summary explanation with your supporting documentation by Mail on or before March 26, 2019. You must include a copy of this notification. 

Austerlitz Assessor
PO Box 238
812 Route 203
Spencertown, NY 12165

NYS DMV Real ID, Enhanced or Standard? What to Do? A Town Hall Meeting...

Clumbia County Clerk, Holly C. Tanner, is happy to present a Town Hall Meeting on the issue of NYS licensing related to the Homeland Security Act.
An informational session that will hopefully answer your questions about what you need!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the

Chatham Town Hall
488 State Rte. 295
Chatham, NY 


All are welcome! Please call the County Clerks office for more information. 

Holly C. Tanner


Great Pay
Flexible Hours
Paid Training

Apply Online

For more information, please call 1-855-JOB-2020

The Consolidated Communications representative said they are finishing up the marketing plan and will be contacting customers for connection within a month. Until then you can go to and fill out the contact form at the bottom of page and they will let you know if you’re eligible for high speed internet.

The Assessor is changing office hours to Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm beginning January 10, 2019.

Question: If I don’t have a permit, does that mean I cannot dispose of my recyclable material?
Answer: As of January 1, 2019, Columbia County will require a permit to dispose of recyclable material. The permit is an annual fee and will cover the cost of handling/processing the material. If you are only a “one time” user (on vacation, visiting, etc) the attendant will charge you a fee.

Question: How long is the permit good for?
Answer: The permits are good for one year and will be dated. Each household will receive two permits to be displayed on their vehicles for easy viewing from our station attendants.

Question: How much are the permits?
Answer: Permits are $50.00 per County household, $35.00 for senior citizens over 65 & $100 for out of county residents.

Question: What can I show for proof of residency?
Answer: A tax bill, sewer/water bill, electric bill or any other form of identification that Shows proof of property ownership in Columbia County.

Question: What can I recycle?
Answer: Please refer to the Recycling Protocol that is posted at all the waste stations or check out the County’s website at, Solid Waste department or ask a station attendant for a copy.

Question: Where can I purchase the permits?
Answer: All Columbia County Solid Waste Stations will be selling the permits as will most of the municipal clerks. Please check the County website for updates.

Question: I have curbside recycling pick up, do I need a permit?
Answer: No, this will only affect residents utilizing the County operated stations.

Question: I have a commercial business, what are my options?
Answer: You can choose to bring the material to the Greenport Transfer Station or contract with a private waste hauler. Please contact the Administrative Office as to pricing.

*Enhanced Star exemption

To receive the Enhanced Star exemption, you are now required to enroll in the Income verification program (IVP). You only need to enroll once and you will receive the exemption automatically, if eligible, each year thereafter.

In this first year (2019), your income will need to be verified by the assessor, but in subsequent years, it will be verified by the NYS Tax Department. This means you cannot miss the deadline for filing and you will no longer need to provide your income tax returns to the assessor. NYS will contact you directly if anything is required.

If you are already enrolled in the IVP program, you do not need to do anything. No forms or renewals are required. If you received the enhanced star last year, and are not enrolled in the IVP program, you will receive a renewal form and the IVP application in the mail from me.

If you are a new homeowner or first time STAR applicant, you must register for the STAR credit directly with the NYS Tax Department at STAR information and forms can be found or contact me.

*Senior Citizen exemption In the past, senior citizens, who qualified for the senior citizen exemption, were automatically granted the enhanced STAR exemption.

Due to changes in New York State law, beginning with applications for 2019, seniors must apply separately for both the senior citizen exemption and the enhanced STAR exemption. If you received the senior exemption last year, you will receive a renewal application along with the other required forms in the mail from me.


The deadline for filing all applications for all exemptions is March 1st.


You can obtain forms by contacting me, or you can download application forms for both the enhanced star and senior citizen exemptions from the NYS tax department at

Pamela Cook, Assessor