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Sole Assessor

Sole Assessor

Dawn Van Patten
assessor@towilliamson.com

Phone:
(315) 589-9074 Ext 1

Fax:
(315) 589-9485

Hours:
Tuesday: 8:00 am-Noon & 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am-Noon & 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
(Appointments Preferred)

Clerk to the Assessor

Christine Nagel
mailto:secretarytoassessor@towilliamson.com

Phone:
(315) 589-9074 Ext. 2

Fax:
(315) 589-9485

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am-Noon & 1:00 pm-4:30 pm

Assessor Job Description

The duties and responsibilities of the Assessor are determined by New York State Real Property Tax Law. The Assessor’s principal duty is to prepare the annual Assessment Roll. This involves the following tasks:

  • Record property transfers
  • Record any new subdivisions and other property splits or merges
  • Administer property tax exemptions
  • Inspect all properties and property changes since the last roll
  • Gather market data for property valuation
  • Value all properties as of the taxable status date (July 1 of the previous year)
  • Maintain valuation equity among similar property types
  • Attend all meetings of the Board of Assessment Review (BAR)
  • Defend any assessments under judicial review

Other responsibilities include:

  • Public education
Assessment Cycle

The Town of Williamson follows the New York State Assessment Calendar, as set forth in New York State Real Property Tax Law, to prepare the annual assessment roll to be used for the levy of taxes based on the budgets set by the school districts, Wayne County, and the Town of Williamson. Important dates on the Assessment Calendar are: July through March Inspection of most new construction and accessory structures, of additions, remodel/renovation projects, demolitions, and land subdivisions which took place after the preceding March 1. This is done through on-site inspections, through sketching the new, changed, or demolished structures, and mapping newly created parcels. March 1st – Taxable Status Date The date that all properties are assessed “as of,” per by New York State Real Property Tax Law. In other words, the assessment is based on all improvements on the property “as of” this date. In addition, all property tax exemptions must be submitted to the Assessor by this date. March through May 1st Valuation of all new construction and accessory structures, of additions, remodel/renovation projects, demolitions, and land subdivisions is calculated in accordance with the standard methods of valuation (i.e., cost, sales comparison, and/or capitalization of income). Notices of Change of Assessment are mailed to impacted property owners between May 1st and May 15th. May 1st – Filing of Tentative Assessment Roll This roll lists the assessed value and all approved exemptions, if any, for every parcel in the Town of Williamson. The Tentative Assessment Roll is available for public inspection at the Assessor’s office through the fourth Tuesday in May. If there are any errors in posting, this is the easiest time to make corrections. May 1st through Fourth Tuesday in May Applications to grieve your assessment (Form RP-524) must be filled out completely and submitted, with any supporting documentation, to the Assessor’s Office if you wish to receive an appointment with the Board of Assessment Review. Forms are available online or at the Assessor’s Office. Fourth Tuesday in May – Grievance Day The Board of Assessment Review (BAR) meets to hear assessment complaints. You must have submitted a completed Form RP-524 and received an appointment in order to appear before the BAR, which is comprised of five Town of Williamson residents who have knowledge of real estate values in the Town. The BAR notifies owners of their decision before July 1. July 1st – Filing of Final Assessment Roll This roll incorporates the changes made by the BAR during Grievance Day hearings. The final value will be used to calculate the school tax bill in September and the Town/County tax bill in January.

Exemption Forms

STAR (School Tax Relief) Exemption
http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp425_fill_in.pdf

Enhanced STAR Requirements

Enhanced STAR.pdf

Enhanced STAR Optional Income Verification Program http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp425ivp_fill_in.pdf

Partial Real Property Tax Exemption for Senior Citizens (and for Enhanced STAR) http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp467_fill_in.pdf

Instructions for Application for Partial Real Property Tax Exemption http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp467ins.pdf

Requirements for Low-Income Senior Exemption

Regular Senior Requirements.docx

Veterans Exemption
http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp458a_fill_in.pdf

Instructions
http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp458ains.pdf

Agricultural Assessment with Instructions
http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp305_fill_in.pdf

Agricultural Lease Affidavit
http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp305c_fill_in.pdf

Exemption for Agricultural and Horticultural Buildings and Structures http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp483_fill_in.pdf

New Orchards and Vineyards
http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp305e_fill_in.pdf

Other Forms

Change of Address

Address Change Request Form.docx

Name Change

Name Change Request.docx

Map Change Request

Map Change Request.pdf

 

Resources

How to Contest Your Assessment
http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/contest/contestasmt.htm

Printable Grievance Booklet
http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/publications/orpts/grievancebooklet.pdf

Wayne County Real Property Tax Services
http://www.co.wayne.ny.us/Departments/realproptax/realproptax.htm

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Property Taxes and Assessments
http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/


Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District, Soil Group Worksheets http://www.waynecountynysoilandwater.org/soil-group-worksheets-ag-value-assessments/

All Assessor Files & Forms

The Assessor cannot accept any forms via email because your original signature must be kept on file. All forms must be mailed, delivered in person, or left in the drop box outside the main entrance of the Town Hall.  Send mail to: Dawn Van Patten, Assessor, Town of Williamson, 6380 Route 21, Suite 2, Williamson, NY 14589.