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The new Town Hall is now open for business. Offices are located on the lower level. The upstairs remains closed to the public for now while construction continues in the court/meeting room.

The Columbia County Office for the Aging is offering a new program for caregivers of seniors. In addition, older relatives, including parents, age 55 and older, providing care to adults ages 18-59 with disabilities are also eligible. The Legal Education and Caregiver Consultation Program is a FREE program that will provide information to caregivers on legal issues and concerns (such as wills, POA’s, trusts, guardianship, MOLST forms, etc.) related to the seniors they care for, as well as providing individual and or group counseling. Counseling will be given to caregivers to assist them in making decisions and solving problems relating to their care giving roles. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s or any progressive disease, the time for legal and financial planning is now.

As of the 2016 Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, the following specific populations of caregivers are eligible to receive services:

* Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals 60 years of age and older

* Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals of any age with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders

* Older relatives (not parents) age 55 and older providing care to children under the age of 18; and

* Older relatives, including parents, age 55 and older providing care to adults ages 18-59 with disabilties

Rosalee Charpentier, Esq., will hold a FREE educational session at the Columbia County Office For The Aging, 325 Columbia Street, Hudson, on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 4:00pm-5:00pm. Attendees desiring FREE individual or group counseling may schedule a FREE follow up appointment to meet with Ms. Charpentier at the Columbia County Office for the Aging on Wednesday, January 23rd between the hours of 4:00pm and 6:00pm.

Registration is suggested. Please call the Office for the Aging at 518-828-4258 to register or for more information.

The Town of Austerlitz proudly announces the installation of a new electric vehicle charging station in the parking lot of the new town hall on State Route 203 in Spencertown, NY. The Charge Point Level 2 charging station is being funded by a generous grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Located just a few miles eastward from the Taconic State Parkway and a few miles westward from Route 22, the charging station is uniquely available to riders on both the parkway as well as I-90 and Route 22.

There is no fee for station usage at this time. The Town of Austerlitz Climate Smart Committee is responsible for obtaining the grant funds as well as other initiatives the town is taking to combat climate change at the local level. These initiatives include the potential installation of LED street lighting and education and awareness activities on how everyone can help reduce their carbon footprint. All are welcome to visit the new charging station. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all drivers with electric vehicles.

The Book: The Old Houses of Austerlitz – A history of the Austerlitz area from the 1750’s to today
and the Movie: Keeping Our History Alive. Produced and directed by Monk Schane-Lydon
Talk by Austerlitz Town Historian Tom Moreland

Sunday, September 23rd
3:00pm at the Spencertown Academy

Admission is free, no reservations required.

The Columbia County KISS Program is once again available in every town in Columbia County.  The KISS Program, founded by Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner, stands for Keeping the Identities of Seniors Safe.  It was designed to protect the identities of our seniors while assisting them in the shredding of their sensitive materials.  Seniors are encouraged to contact their local Town Hall for hours of operation and more information on the program. Justin Weaver, Columbia County Clerk’s Records Services Manager, is overseeing the program and can also be contacted with any questions at 518-822-0143.

Date:
9/4/18 – 9/21/18

Time:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9:00 – 12:00
Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 – 2:00

Location:
Austerlitz Town Hall
812 Route 203
Spencertown, NY 12165

The Columbia County Solid Waste Department has a new recycling protocol.

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As you may know, the NYS Thruway has converted to cashless tolling at the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo (Tappan Zee) and Grand Island bridges. Cashless tolling allows customers to travel and pay tolls without stopping by using either E-ZPass or getting billed by their license plate. E-ZPass is the most convenient and economical way to travel since you save money with every trip and don’t have to wait to be billed.

Please see the link below of the Governor’s recent announcement about plans for cashless tolling in the Lower Hudson Valley by the end of this year and along the entire Thruway by 2020.

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-all-new-york-state-thruway-toll-barriers-lower-hudson-valley-will

E-ZPass available at the Town Hall.
Click here for more information

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.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 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

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  pdf Frequently Asked Questions

Email the assessor

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