Responsibilities of the Assessor’s Office
The Assessor’s Office is responsible for assessing all town property and administering property tax exemptions. Assessment rolls are open for public inspection during weekday working hours.
All property in the Town of Monroe is to be assessed at an equitable and uniform value in order to maintain fair, equitable, and uniform property values that accurately reflect changes in economic conditions and real estate values.
Assessors are interested only in fairly assessing property in their assessing unit. If, after reviewing the assessment data of comparable properties in your market area, your assessment appears to be in line but your tax bill seems too high, the assessor cannot change that. Complaints to the assessor or the Board of Assessment Review must be about how the property is assessed. Complaints about high taxes should be addressed directly to the taxing jurisdictions, such as the school district board, the county legislature, or the town board, who set the tax rates. The assessor does not set budgets or the tax rates resulting from the budgets.
In comparing properties to yours, it is important to remember that attributes such as location, style, age, and size are critical to the comparison process. You should review assessments of truly similar homes in the same general market area and make your adjustments to the assessments of those homes to arrive at an indicated value for your home. If you are utilizing a comparable property’s assessed value per square foot of living area (SFLA), after subtracting the land value first, to make a case for over assessment, be sure to use those derived from similar homes in similar market areas and of very similar SFLA. Otherwise, your results will be skewed and will not prove your case.
To ensure all property in the Town of Monroe is valued at current and correct market values and that the information on file is accurate and up to date, the Assessor’s Office continually conducts town-wide data verification. The purpose is to verify that the information collected in prior years for each parcel is accurate and up to date for the entire town.
Data collection is a process where the assessor, or a trained employee of the assessor’s office, will visit every parcel in town to make an on-site inspection, including measuring where needed, and taking a photograph.
Each representative of the assessor’s office will carry identification and will attempt to speak with the property owner at the time of the visit. If no one is at home at the time of the visit, the collector will conduct the on-site inspection by verifying building measurements of existing structures and taking a photograph. Before leaving, the representative will leave notification of the visit and contact information in the event the owner has any questions.
Q. What kinds of photos are taken?
The photo(s) are solely for the purpose of general property identification and the structures on it. In cases where out-buildings are set away from the residential structure, more than one photo may be necessary.
Q. Will the representative need to enter my home?
Not necessarily. All information concerning the interior of the home will be gathered from an interview with the property’s resident at the door or through an estimate if a resident is unavailable at the time the property is reviewed.
If, however, the homeowner feels that there are interior issues which might impact the property’s assessed value, they may request an interior inspection so that the data collector can document and verify the interior condition of the structure.
Q. How will I tell if my property has been reviewed?
When an assessor’s office representative collects data regarding a property and a resident is unavailable, the representative will leave a door hanger on the front door or gate.
Property Lookup - County Link for Imagemate http://propertydata.orangecountygov.com/search.aspx
- Taxable Status March 1
- Tentative Roll May 1
- Grievance Day 4th Tuesday in May
- Final Roll July 1
- Valuation Date July 1 Previous Year
EXEMPTIONS INFORMATION AND FORMS
All Forms can be found by going to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
*PLEASE NOTE THE STAR PROGRAM CHANGES*
As a result of recent law changes, some homeowners will receive a STAR check directly from New York State instead of receiving a school property tax exemption. The amount of your benefit will be the same regardless of how you receive it.
Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, new STAR applicants will need to register with the Tax Department to receive a STAR check.
Current STAR exemption recipients
-- Current Basic and Enhanced STAR exemption recipients will keep their exemption as long as they contiune to own their current home.
-- Current Enhanced STAR exemption recipients who are not enrolled in the Income Verification Program must continue to file a renewal application with their local assessor each year.
*The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has developed a web based registration application, and phone registration for the STAR Check program. To register or to ask questions please contact the State at (518) 457-2036 or online at www.tax.ny.gov/star/
- The Enhanced Star Application - RP425 E
The Enhanced Star Renewal Application - RP 425 RNW
- The Enhanced Star Income Verification Program - RP 425 IVP
- Rp425worksheet fill in
SENIOR CITIZENS & LOW INCOME:
- Renewal Application for Partial Tax Exemption Real Property Form #RP 467 RNW - Senior Citizens
Application for Partial Tax Exemption Real Property Form #RP 467 - Senior Citizens
(and for Enhanced School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption)
VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS/ AMBULANCE WORKERS
- Application for Partial Exemption for Real Property Form of People Who Are Physically Disabled Form # RP‐459
- Application for Partial Tax Exemption for Real Property of Persons with Disabilities and Limited Incomes Form # RP‐459‐c
Board of Assessment Review: 4th Tuesday in May
RP-524 - Complaint on Real Property Assessment
Example- Use to Help Complete RP-524
2018 Helpful Hints for RP524
- 2018 BAR Sales
- 2018 B.A.R. Final Report
SMALL CLAIMS ASSESSMENT REVIEW
Recent Property Sales: To find recent sales go along the top of the website to Government in that drop down click on Document Center then click on Assessor's Dept. there you will find a folder that says Sales click on that and you can view Sales.