2019 Reassessment Project

Suzette Booy, Director of Columbia County’s Real Property Tax Department, joined Hillsdale Town Assessor, Pam Cook, at the October 10 Town Board meeting to give a quick overview and answer questions about Hillsdale’s 2019 Reassessment Project. There are 1,560 residential properties, not including farm and (about 50) commercial properties.

Please contact the Town Assessor if you have questions. See below.

The reassessment of all real property creates fair and equitable assessments at 100% of market value. Pursuant to Sections 301 and 305 of the New York State Real Property Tax Law (RPTL), it is essential for the Town to complete the reassessment in order to qualify for State Aid.

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.

Following a model that has been effective in Canaan, Hillsdale’s Town Assessor will partner with the Columbia County Real Property Tax Office to obtain data verification, valuation support and guidance. The Towns of Austerlitz and Kinderhook will follow next year.

The first step is to verify the inventory data currently on file. During this process, a County Data Collector will briefly visit each property to verify the inventory on record and take digital photos. This process has just started in Hillsdale begun and will continue into 2018.

In some cases, data verification can be done from the public right of way. In other cases it will be necessary to knock on the door before taking new measurements or accessing the rear of the property. Verification is limited to exterior views only.

When the first phase of project is completed (almost certainly before April 2018), data mailers will be sent to property owners with a listing of their inventory. Owners will be able to return the mailers with corrections if necessary.

If you would like more information, please contact Pam Cook, Hillsdale Town Assessor:

Pam Book, Assessor
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Office Hours: Friday, 8:15 am – 12:15 pm
(518) 325-5073 ext. 8

Common Misunderstandings

Frequently Asked Questions

Valuation Process (to come)