The function of the Assessor’s office is to maintain a fair and equitable tax value on all real property within the Town. We administer this function by following New York State Real Property Law under the auspices of the Broome County Real Property Tax Service and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. To maintain a fair and equitable assessment we constantly review our records, updating inventory when necessary. We continue this process by visiting new construction and recording physical changes to existing properties on our property record cards. Our reference to inventory includes changes to square feet living area (additions), decks, porches, sheds, in-ground swimming pools, garages, etc.
Tax rates are set to the Taxable Value (Assessed Value minus exemptions) and applied by the various taxing jurisdictions, which results in your property and school tax bill. School tax bills are sent by and paid to the school tax collector. Property tax bills are sent by and are paid to the Receiver of Taxes for the Town of Conklin. Please direct questions regarding taxes to the collectors (Broome County Real Property Tax Service at 607-778-2169).
Please call for answers to your questions during office hours or leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.
Change In Hours for Assessor Clerk
Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic, the Assessor’s Office hours have changed. Days will be updated on the Town’s website, and hours will be 1p.m. to 4 p.m. on the specific days listed. Phone messages and emails will be checked daily and returned promptly. Please call before you come to the office, most information can be given over the phone and we most likely can view documents that you might be wanting to share with us already . 607-775-4343 or email@example.com
CHANGE IN OFFICE HOURS:
The Assessor’s Assistant will be in the office from 1pm – 4pm on the following days. Please watch for future dates to be posted. Thank you.
Tuesday (11/24) (Closed 11/26 & 11/27 for Thanksgiving)
Tuesday & Thursday (12/1 & 12/3)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday (12/7, 12/9, 12/11)
Tuesday & Thursday (12/15 & 12/17)
Monday & Wednesday (12/21 & 12/23) (Closed 12/25 for Christmas)
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Homeowners’ STAR Credit Line: 518-457-2036
Homeowners’ Property Tax Relief Credit Line: 518-453-8146
Please call the above numbers if you have questions. This is not a question that can be answered by the local Assessor’s office or by the Broome County Real Property Tax Office.
Tax Year – July 1st through June 30th
By NYS law, assessments are frozen and cannot change throughout the tax year.
Taxable Status Date – March 1st
The assessment that goes into effect on July 1st based upon the condition and ownership of the property on this date.
Exemption Application Period – January 2nd through March 1st
This is the only period during which exemption applications can be accepted. These dates are firm, and NYS law does not allow any exceptions or extensions.
Tentative Tax Roll – May 1st
The proposed assessments to go into effect on July 1st are presented on this date.
Final Tax Roll – July 1st
All new or changed assessments go into effect on this date .
Grievance Day – Fourth Wednesday after the fourth Tuesday in May
All instruction forms and applications are available on this website page or in the Assessor’s office on, or after, May 1 each year.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for Grievance Day, please call during regular business hours. (Appointments are recommended but not necessary.) All instruction forms and applications are available on this website page.
Understanding Real Property Assessments
The amount of the real property assessment of a parcel of property directly impacts the amount of taxes payable on the parcel. In order to lower the taxes on a parcel of property, you must obtain a reduction in the assessment of the parcel.
Real property assessments represent a percentage of the “market value” of a parcel of property. Market value is defined as the most probable price a parcel of property would sell for in a competitive and open market.
The first step in the process of challenging your real property assessment is to determine the market value indicated by the assessment, bearing in mind that the assessment is a percentage, or fraction, of the market value.
This market value is determined by dividing the real property assessment by the Town’s Equalization Rate. The Equalization Rate is adjusted by New York State annually. The valuation date used for the current tax year is July 1.
The next step in attempting to lower the taxes on a parcel of property is to determine the actual market value, as of July 1. The actual market value of a parcel of real property can be determined in a variety of ways, one of which is an arms-length transaction. Another way to determine market value is an appraisal using sales at the time of evaluation date. In the absence of a recent sale price, a real property appraisal is the next best way to determine actual market value.
Once you have determined that the actual market value of a parcel of real property is lower than the market value indicated by the assessment, you must file a complaint (often termed a “Grievance”) with the Assessor’s Office during the general complaint period, which is within a very specific and defined time-frame. The fourth Wednesday of May each year is the date on which the Town Board of Assessment Review considers reducing assessments and is the deadline to file a complaint. Failure to file the complaint by the deadline forecloses any review or consideration of the complaint by the Board of Assessment Review. A late filed complaint requires immediate dismissal.
No faxed or emailed copies of the grievance complaint will be accepted by the Assessor’s Office during the complaint filing period. Original copies of the grievance complaint must be mailed or personally delivered to the Assessor’s Office during any complaint period so as to arrive at the Assessor’s Office on or before the applicable deadline which is the meeting date of the Board of Assessment Review. Proof of receipt by the Assessor’s Office will only be acknowledged by presenting a copy of the complaint date-stamped by the Assessor’s Office.
STAR Exemptions / Information
The Aged Exemption is an additional exemption designed for seniors who have a gross income of up to $31,500 including Social Security, pensions, rental income, bank interest, stocks, etc. Some seniors qualify for the Enhanced STAR and the AGED exemption. Proof of income for this exemption is different than that for the Enhanced STAR. Residents must bring in their most recent year end statements (which are not available until in late January). If you have applied for the AGED exemptions before, you will be receiving your renewal form in the mail by middle of January. This exemption must be renewed each year. Failure to do so will result in your exemption being removed.
Basic STAR Exemption
“STAR” stands for School Tax Relief and applies only to the school tax. The basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of your full market value when school tax is calculated. Basic STAR is available to every homeowner (regardless of age) on his/her primary residence only prior to 2015. Once you have the Basic STAR on your property, you do not need to reapply as long as you live on that property and do not change your deed.
NOTE: In order to receive the basic STAR property tax exemption, the total income of all property owners and their spouses who reside at the property must be $250,000. or less.
Enhanced STAR Exemption
The Enhanced STAR Exemption, which also applies only to the school tax, is a special exemption designed for seniors only. A senior is defined as a person who is 65, or will be turning 65, anytime during the calendar year. This exemption is different from the Basic STAR in that seniors must bring in proof of income. The maximum qualifying adjusted gross income is $90,550. Your tax return from 2 years prior will be used as documentation when applying in the current year.
Special Notice: Applications can only be accepted January 2 through March 1st each year in the Assessor’s Office. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Assessor’s Office at 775-4343
Income Verification Program
Income Verification Program
The Income Verification Program is for seniors who receive Enhanced STAR. You must sign up for this program.
Special Notice: Applications can only be accepted January 2 through March 1st each year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Assessor’s Office at 775-4343
– RP-458-BInstructions for Veteran’s Forms
Please provide a copy of your DD-214 along with the application form (RP-458-a) for each Veteran owner. In the event you have had a Veterans Exemption on a property elsewhere in New York State, please ask the Assessor of that municipality to forward a letter stating you no longer have the exemption on that property.
All owners must sign the application and return it by taxable status date (March 1) of the year in order to receive the exemption of the roll year the exemption is to be received.