2019 Reassessment Project Update

March 26, 2019

Over the past several months, you may have seen or spoken with the Assessor and/or Columbia County Data Collector as they traveled the roads re-inspecting and verifying property information.  The data collection phase has taken a bit longer than anticipated due to our recent weather conditions, but for the most part should be complete by the end of April or early May.

During the summer months, 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.

There are several stages to the town’s reassessment project with the data collection portion being the first step.  The following list provides the most important steps that take place during the town’s project.

  1. Recollect and/or verify the inventory of all parcels in the town. This includes all residential, commercial and vacant lands.  Hillsdale has over 1600 parcels.   (completed within a month)
  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.  (summer 2018)
  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 resulting from their appointment by mail.
  9. 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.
  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 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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Valuation Process (to come)