Town Assessor

The duty of the Town Assessor is to put a value on real property so that the School, County, Town and Special District taxes may be apportioned among property owners. This valuation determines what each property owner's share of taxes will be, whereas the actual dollars that must be paid are determined by their various budgets.

The Assessor also administers various real property tax exemptions authorized under state and local law. These include Star, veterans, the elderly, agricultural, clerical and partial or full exemptions for certain parcels owned by non-profit organizations which qualify by reason of religious, charitable or educational use. In all cases, application for these exemptions must be filed no later than March 1.

It is up to the individual owners to monitor their own assessments. Taxpayers who feel they are not being fairly assessed should meet with their assessor before the tentative assessment roll is established in an informal setting. The assessor can explain how the assessment was determined and the rationale behind it.

Assessors are interested only in fairly assessing property in their assessing unit. If your assessment is correct and your tax bill still seems too high, the assessor cannot change that. Complaints to the assessor must deal only with the assessment of the property.

The final assessment roll is filed on July 1 and it is on the values in this roll that taxes for the following year are apportioned.

2007 Assessment Roll

Residential
9,035
Vacant
1,830
Agricultural
62
Commercial
225
Industrial
16
Other
328
Total Parcels in the Town of East Fishkill
11,496

 

Important dates in the Assessor's Office are:

Taxable Status Date

March 1

Tentative Completion of Roll

May 1

Grievance Day

4th Tuesday in May

Final Filing of Roll

July 1

 

Tax Relief Programs available to East Fishkill Residents (STAR, Seniors, Firefighters, Veterans, Disabilities)

For information on the STAR program, visit the NYS STAR Property Tax Relief web page. Please do not contact our office regarding this program, as it is filed directly with New York State.


Senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption should visit this NYS web page OR call (518) 457-2036 for more information.


For more information on how to apply for Veteran's Tax Exemptions, please visit the "NYS Veterans' Exemption" web page or the NYS Division of Veterans' Affairs "Property Tax Exemptions For Veterans" web page.


For more information on how to apply for Person with Disabilities Tax Exemptions, please visit the "NYS Exemption for Persons with Disabilities" web page and the "NYS Exemption for Persons with Disabilities - Disability Requirements" web page.


In order to receive the Volunteer Firefighters' / Ambulance Workers'  Tax exemption, you must meet the following critera:

  1. The exemption is available only to members of incorporated volunteer fire companies, fire departments or incorporated volunteer ambulance services who service East Fishkill and have been certified as being enrolled members for at least five years.
  2. Your primary residence must be in East Fishkill.

To apply visit the "NYS Volunteer Firefighters' and Ambulance Workers' Credit" web page.