2019 Re-Assessment Project
During the April Town Board meeting, Suzette Booy, Director of Columbia County Real Property and Austerlitz Town Assessor, Pamela Cook, gave a quick overview regarding the town’s 2019 Reassessment Project.
A reassessment does 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 taxpayers could pay more than their fair share of taxes, while others may pay less than their fair share. Reassessments are intended to restore fairness within the community.
The first step is to verify the inventory data currently on file. A trained data collector from Columbia County and/or the assessor, Pam Cook, will visit each parcel to verify and update the parcel’s inventory. Verification is limited to exterior views only. This process just started in Austerlitz and will continue until completed in the early fall.
Property inventory will be collected and digital photographs and property sketches updated. We will knock on the door before we take new measurements or access the rear of the property. Building characteristics such as age, size, location, outbuildings and condition are just a few of the items reviewed. The entire process doesn’t take more than 15 to 20 minutes. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, weather and associated costs, we cannot make appointments during this part of the process.
Should a homeowner have questions about the person visiting the property, do not hesitate to contact the Assessor, Pam Cook, Columbia County Real Property Director, Suzette Booy, Town Clerk Susan Haag, any member of the Austerlitz Town Board, or the Sheriff’s department.
After this first phase is completed, data mailers will be sent to property owners with a listing of their inventory. More detailed information is available in the Austerlitz spring newsletter, available on line or you can pick up a printed copy at the town hall.