The Town Assessor is a New York State certified, independent government official with the responsibility for fair distribution of the tax burden. They produce an equitable tax roll of all real property and determine the taxability and market value of all public and private real property within the Town of Greece. The Office of the Assessor is regulated in New York State by Real Property Tax Law (RPTL) and uses uniform standards to aid in the computation of the Real Property Tax.
Assessors are educated in finance, statistics, economics, mathematics and computer science. They have experience in appraisal technologies, real estate practices, zoning and planning disciplines and general business management.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Maintain 34,500 property data records – inventory, ownership, deeds
- Apply/Approve 25,000 property exemptions – over 200 variations
- Notifications – 10,000 regular annual mailings and determinations
- Analyze and record all Town Property Sales Reports (RP-5217) and assessment levels
- Review building permits, zoning/planning applications and petitions
- Grievance representation – provide informal hearings, small claims
- Provide constituent taxpayer support for valuation/exemption determinations
- Property inspections, updated maps, photo exhibits and structure specifications
- Trend analysis for market fluctuations and neighborhood boundary estimates
- Statistical valuation projections, New York State and local government reporting
- Consult with dependent taxing jurisdictions – school, county, New York State, fire districts
- Town Board meetings – provide assessment documentation; report on current affairs
- Attend Assessor Association meetings, satisfy New York State continuing education requirements
- Hold public information meetings and conduct taxpayer seminars
- Manage an Assessor’s Department staffed with clerks, appraisers and technology contractors
- Creates brochures, publications and information for assessment understanding
Revaluation Reviews & Adjustments
New York State Real Property Tax Law (RPTL) requires the Town of Greece to maintain up-to-date assessment records and maintain a uniform percentage of value. New York State aid is awarded to towns that keep their assessments at full market value.
Frequently Asked Questions
Towns is required by law to perform assessments annually. New York State Tax Law RPTL Section 301 states that “all real property be assessed as of March 1 of each year (Taxable Status Date), of the preceding July 1 (Valuation Day)”.
Assessors determine market value. Market value is what a property would sell for in an open market under normal conditions. This is determined by comparing similar properties recently sold. Then the cost to replace a property; less depreciation, plus land value, is considered. Finally, the income that a property could generate; less expenses, also adds to a value determination. Computer assisted mass appraisals (CAMA) programs are efficient valuation techniques frequently used to determine market value.
A change in property assessment does not necessarily mean that your taxes increase. Tax liability is affected by many factors. Changes to school, county, and fire districts, Town budgets, changes to exemptions, growth of the commercial or residential sectors, state or federal grants and municipal enterprise income are all factors in tax liability. The tax bill is the result of both the Town budget and an assessment. Town budgets determine “how much.” Assessments determine “how and where” taxes will be divided/shared.
All property owners have the right to review of their property assessment.
Also, refer to the “Assessment Challenge Procedure” in the links below for additional information and instructions.
- Informal Hearing
Call, email or write the Assessor’s Office to schedule a review appointment. Hearings are held annually from January to March. Complete the “Residential or Commerical Property Review Form” accessible in the links below. The contact information for the Assessor’s Office is: Town of Greece, Assessor’s Office, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd, Rochester, NY 14612 Phone: 585-225-2000, email: RBaart@greeceny.gov
- Formal Board of Assessment (BAR) Grievance Hearing
Submit completed RP-524 form and request a BAR hearing or paper review. File after May 1st up to (no later than) the fourth Tuesday of May. Form RP-524 is available in the link below. Claimants are notified by mail of the results of the Board of Assessment hearing.
- Small Claims Court
If a claimant is dissatisfied with the BAR decision, judicial review by State Supreme Court is available by submitting form RPTL-730. This form is available on-line at www.tax.ny.gov or the Assessor’s Office and must be filed with applicable fees within 30 days of Final Roll Publication.
The Assessor’s Office is available to answer questions or provide further information. 585-723-2308 or 1 Vince Tofany Blvd., Greece, NY 14612 or RBaart@greeceny.gov
Please refer to the “Assessment Challenge Procedure” in the links below for additional information and instructions.