REAL PROPERTY TAX MATTERS
TOWN ASSESSOR – Lorie Peck
Hours – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday & Thursday.
Telephone – 315.789.3922
Fax – 315.789-7753
E-Mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to Town of Geneva Tax Roll
The assessor addresses questions and concerns raised by taxpayers. Assessment rolls and property records can be examined by the public at any time. However, appointments are recommended between Taxable Status Day and the filing of the tentative roll (generally, March through May).
Assessors are charged with fairly assessing property in their assessing unit. Property owners should monitor their assessment and address any concerns before the tentative assessment roll is established. Grievances to the assessor must focus on how property is assessed. Taxpayers who feel they are not being fairly assessed should meet with the assessor who can explain how the assessment was determined.
Informal meetings to resolve assessment questions about the next assessment roll can take place throughout the year. If, after speaking with your assessor, you still feel you are unfairly assessed, the booklet, “Contesting Your Assessment in New York State” describes how to prepare and file a complaint with the Board of Assessment Review for an assessment reduction.
You may be eligible for one or more of the following property tax exemptions or abatements. All exemptions are due in the Assessor’s Office by March 1st, each year. The following forms are available in the Town Assessor’s office.
There are two different STAR programs:
Available to senior homeowners whose incomes do not exceed $84,550. (This amount changes annually. Please verify with the Assessor.) You must be over 65 years of age to qualify. Taxpayers who become 65 years of age between March 1st and December 31st should contact their local assessor. To receive the Enhanced STAR exemption, taxpayers must file an application with the local assessor.
New York State’s School Tax Relief (STAR) Program provides property tax exemptions for New York homeowners. Basic STAR is available to homeowners who reside in their own home with income of less than $500,000. To receive the STAR exemption, taxpayers must file an application with their local assessor. You do not need to renew every year.
SENIOR CITIZEN SLIDING SCALE
You must be over 65 years of age, and your gross income must be less than $21,200 for Geneva City School District or $19,200 for Ontario County. All income must be accounted for, including Social Security, Pensions, Dividends, Interest and other nontaxable items. The County offers a “Persons with Disabilities Exemption” similar to the Senior Exemption. You will automatically qualify for the STAR program if you qualify for the senior citizen exemption.
ALTERNATIVE VETERANS EXEMPTION
This exemption is available to eligible veterans or a surviving spouse who has not remarried. To qualify, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 discharge papers. If you have a war related disability, you will need a copy of your disabled rating letter. A “new” 10-year cold war veteran’s exemption is also available.
You must own seven (7) or more tillable acres that generate over $10,000 of agricultural products or rent to an eligible landowner. Please contact Ontario County Soil and Water to arrange for the necessary paperwork.
AGRICULTURAL FARM BUILDING EXEMPTION
If you build a new farm building and are operating an agricultural business, you may qualify for a ten (10) year tax exemption on the building.
If you make an improvement to your business building that would increase the assessed value by $10,000 or more, you are entitled to a 50% exemption off the first year of increased value.
You must be a member of the clergy, minister, priest or rabbi. You will receive $1,500 off of your primary residence assessment.