2019 Reassessment Project Update

August 30, 2018

During the first half of 2018, the Columbia County Data Collectors and the Town Assessor were out and about inspecting and collecting property data. Almost all properties have been inspected and collected data recorded in the NYS real property system.   In addition, new photos and sketches were completed and updated. It’s been over a decade since this arduous process was done on a town wide basis.

Now that the first phase of the project is complete, verification of the collected data is the next step.

A property description report was mailed to each property owner during the past few weeks. Please review the information contained on the report and if changes are necessary, please correct and mail back to the office. If there is a major discrepancy, it will be necessary to do another site visit. Please do not call the office as all information must be in writing and the form requires a signature.

If you have not received the data report, please let me know. The post office has returned over 2 dozen so far for various reasons, moved, no such address, forward expired.   Please remember if I do not have the correct mailing address, neither does the school or county. If you do not receive it within a week or so, email me (fastest way) or leave a phone message and I will return your call on Fridays when back in the office.

It will be several months before you will receive your 2019 assessment. There is a lot to be done before we reach that stage of the process. Sales prices of homes, vacant land, and land tables all require updating in order to provide an accurate and equitable value of all the properties within the town. Always remember that equitable property values create a fair distribution of the tax burden.

  1. If property owner is still dissatisfied with their new assessment, a formal complaint can be filed. The homeowner then has the opportunity appear before the Board of Assessment Review on Grievance Day in May 2019.
  2. 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 Pam Cook, Town Assessor, if you have a question or concern.  Email email hidden; JavaScript is required">email hidden; JavaScript is required (the fastest way for a response) or you can phone 518-325-5073 (x8).

Pamela Cook, Assessor

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

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