Assessor

Daniel Horst, Assessor

488 State Route 295
Chatham, NY 12037

Tel: (518) 392-2550 / Fax: (518) 392-4934

Email: chatassessor@fairpoint.net

Office Hours

Monday 3pm-6pm

Thursday 4pm-6pm

Additional Hours by appointment

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  • Grievance Day is Tuesday May 23, 2017 from 2 – 5 pm and 7 – 9 pm.

    • Grievance Forms (RP-524) are available online and at town hall.

    • Property owners are encouraged to contact the assessor prior to this time to discuss grievances prior to Grievance Day.

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For Real Property Tax Assessments click on the link below

https://sites.google.com/a/columbiacountyny.com/columbia-county-real-property-tax/assessments

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Please Note: Effective February 15, 2017, the Assessor’s Office will no longer have consistent Wednesday hours.  We will still have additional hours by appointment, so please call if you’d like to meet with us. 

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Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions relating to your assessment.

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EXEMPTION INFORMATION:

  • All exemptions for the 2017 roll year are due to the Assessor’s Office by March 1, 2017, excluding new STAR exemptions.  See below for details regarding changes to STAR.

  • For exemption renewals, homeowners will generally be mailed or emailed a renewal form between the end of October and mid December.

  • Exemptions that need to be renewed each year include, but are not limited to, Enhanced STAR (if you don’t have IVP), the Senior Citizen’s exemption,  the Agricultural Exemption, the Disability Exemption, the Firefighter’s Exemption, and Not for Profit Exemptions. Click on the names above to be directed to an application form. Please note that these links are for renewal forms. All original application forms can be requested from our office or found on this website: https://tax.ny.gov/.

  • If you do not receive an application form by the end of December, please contact the Assessor’s office to check the status of your exemption.

  • Do not hesitate to contact our office at any time with questions or to check on the status of your exemption.

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For the 2016 FINAL ASSESSMENT ROLL click on the link below:

:  https://sites.google.com/a/columbiacountyny.com/columbia-county-real-property-tax/assessments

The Final Assessment Roll is also available for viewing at the Town Hall.
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NOTICE: The State of New York has made changes to the STAR Program as of the passing of the 2016 Executive Budget.

Newly qualified applicants will receive a STAR credit in the form of a check, rather than as a property tax exemption. The dollar value will be the same as the property tax exemption amount.

Who is affected?

  • If you bought your home after Aug. 1, 2015 you must register for the STAR credit under the new program.
  • If you bought your home prior to May 1, 2014 and already have a STAR exception you do not need to register. You will continue to receive your STAR exemption as usual.
  • If you bought your home between May 1, 2014 and Aug. 1, 2015, you must register under the new system if.
    • You bought your home after the 2015 exemption deadline (deadlines vary from town to town, most are March 1.)
    • You did not apply for the STAR exemption in time for the 2015 application deadline.
    • Otherwise, no action is necessary, and you will continue to receive the STAR exemption.

Click for STAR FAQs. Find more information on the STAR application hereRegister for STAR here, or call (518) 457-2036.

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Tax Maps

Town of Chatham Tax Map 2016
Village of Chatham Tax Map 2016

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How the Property Tax Works

What is the Property Tax?
The real property tax is a tax based on the value of real property. Counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts, and special districts each raise money through the real property tax. The money funds schools, pays for police and fire protection, maintains roads, and funds other municipal services enjoyed by residents.

What Determines the Amount of a Property Tax Bill?
The amount of a particular property’s tax bill is determined by two things: the property’s taxable assessment and the tax rates of the taxing jurisdictions in which the property is located. The tax rate is determined by the amount of the tax levy to be raised from all, or part, of an assessing unit, and the unit’s taxable assessed value. The assessment is determined by the assessor and is based on the value of the property less any applicable property tax exemptions.

What Kind of Property Is Assessed?
Every parcel of real property in an assessing unit, no matter how big or how small, is assessed. Real property is defined as land and any permanent structures attached to it. Examples of real property are houses, gas stations, office buildings, vacant land, shopping centers, sale-able natural resources (e.g. oil, gas, timber), farms, apartments, factories, restaurants, and, in most instances, mobile homes.

Though all real property in an assessing unit is assessed, not all of it is taxable. Some, such as religious or government owned property, are completely exempt from property taxes. Others are partially exempt, such as veterans who qualify for an exemption on part of the property tax on their homes. Please see this link for veterans:

http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/exemption/vetexempt.htm

What is an Assessment?
A property’s assessment is a percentage of its market value. Market value is how much a property would sell for under normal conditions. Assessments are determined by the assessor, an elected or appointed local official who independently estimates the value of real property in an assessing unit. Assessing units follow municipal boundaries — county, city, town, or village.

The assessor can estimate the market value of property based on the sale prices of similar properties. A property can also be valued based on the depreciated cost of materials and labor required to replace it. Commercial property may be valued on its potential to produce rental income for its owners. In other words, the assessor can use whatever approach provides the best estimate of a property s market value. Properties in suboptimal uses generally may not be assessed at market value; they must be assessed at their current-use value.

How Do I Know If My Assessment Is Right?
It is up to individual property owners to monitor their own assessments. Taxpayers should bring any questions about assessments to the assessor before the tentative roll is established (contact your assessor for the tentative roll date). In an informal setting the assessor can explain how the assessment was determined and the rationale behind it.

What Determines the Tax Rate?
The tax rate is determined by the amount of the tax levy. There are several steps involved in determining the tax levy. First, the taxing jurisdiction ( a school district, town, county, etc.) develops and adopts a budget. Revenue from all sources other than the property tax (State aid, sales tax revenue, user fees, etc.) is determined. These revenues are subtracted from the original budget and the remainder becomes the tax levy. It is the amount of the tax levy that is raised through the property tax.

Do you have more questions about how the property tax works? The information above was excerpted from a pamphlet published by New York State: How the Property Tax Works. Read the entire pamphlet or talk to the Assessor.

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