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Kelly L. Ducar, Assessor
2716 County Road #47
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: 585-394-0036 ext. 5
See documents for exemption forms.
**********NEW******New York State School Tax Relief (STAR) Program
The STAR program is now a personal income tax credit for new homeowners.
If you’ve recently bought your home or you’ve never applied for the STAR benefit on your current home, you may be able to save hundreds of dollars each year. You only need to register for the STAR credit once, and you’ll continue to receive the annual benefit as long as you’re eligible.
STAR exemption recipients: You don’t need to register with New York State for STAR if you’re a longtime homeowner with an existing STAR exemption. If you’re a senior citizen who has been receiving the Basic STAR exemption and has become eligible for the Enhanced STAR exemption, you should apply with your local assessor.
For more information, see STAR Exemption Program.
Click on the
link below to go to the State webpage
** NEW** COLD WAR EXEMPTION
On October 29, 2009 the Ontario County Board of Supervisors authorized the Cold War Veterans exemption for county real property tax purposes. Eligible veterans will be honorably discharged from active duty service wholly served between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991, and outside the war time periods designated in NYS RPTL§458-A. The exemption is available on primary residences only.
Please remember, the filing deadline in the Town of Hopewell is MARCH 1st each year.
Normal business hours: Monday's, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, and Tuesday & Thursday mornings from 9:30 am - 11:30 am; however, please call to verify the assessor will be in her office - the assessor could be out doing field review.
The Job of the Assessor:
The Assessor collects inventory information and pictures of real property within the Town to be used to prepare an annual assessment roll used by the various taxing jurisdictions.
The sole assessor is a New York State Certified Town official who obtains certification by attending approved training classes and successfully completing the testing at the end of each session. They must also attend yearly training of at least 26 hrs. for continuing education credits. The foremost job of the assessor is valuing the real property within the Town. The inventory of the real property in town is kept on real property cards with pictures of the sites. This information is also entered on the personal computer and maintained in a software program licensed by the State Office of Real Property Services (ORPS). Each year a new assessment roll is prepared and is used by the various taxing jurisdictions to levy real property taxes. The Town of Hopewell level of assessment is 100%.
The assessor also has the duties of administering real property exemptions. Each year renewals for Senior Exemption. RP467, Enhanced Star, Ag. Land and Disability Exemptions are mailed out to be returned to the assessor's office on or before March 1st with the required data needed for filing. Also each year any new exemptions are collected, due on or before March 1st. Each of these exemptions must be reviewed, approved and entered on the computer for the assessment roll being prepared for that year. Once the new Tentative Assessment Roll is prepared, Notice of Change must be mailed to any taxpayer whose assessment has been changed that year. Hours are posted when the assessor will be available to discuss these changes with anyone who wishes to do so. Grievance Day is the 4th Tues. of May each year, where a taxpayer can come in to grieve his new assessment to the Board of Assessment Review. The assessor attends these sessions and provides any information needed (property record cards with inventory, pictures, building permits, calculations of improvements, sales comparisons, etc,) to help the Board understand the reason for change. The burden of proof that the assessment is incorrect is on the taxpayer. Any changes made by the BAR are processed and entered on the computer in preparation of the Final Assessment Roll July 1st each year. The assessor represents the Town at Small Claim Hearings to provide documentation to support the assessed value to the Hearing Officer. The assessor also works with the Town Attorney to prepare for and represent the Town in any Certiorari Cases that arise from the assessment roll.
Other duties of the assessor are to keep a watchful eye on the equalization rate, the residential assessment ratio, and the co-efficient of dispersion. Along with maintaining an equitable assessment roll these things are accomplished by watching and reporting on the sales information that comes into the office each month in the form of RP5217 which are filed with each and every deed at the Ontario County Clerk's. The information on these forms must be reviewed, corrected if needed, and entered on the RPS System. These forms give the names of the new owners and the price paid for the property plus any conditions of the sale. They are sometimes the records of splits of property from larger parcels. Quarterly reports must be sent to the Sales Review Division at the ORPS in Albany to compile a list of usable sales to calculate the Equalization rate, RAR, and COD. Based on these numbers the State determines if the town is eligible for Maintenance Aid. The assessor enters any water districts changes that appear on the assessment roll chargeable to the parcels.
Important Dates to keep in mind:
· Exemptions filed by March 1st
· Taxable Status March 1st
· Tentative Roll May 1st
· Grievance Day 4th Tues. May
· Final Roll July 1st
· Deadline for filing Small Claims 30 days after Final Roll
FORMS FOR COMPLETION ARE LOCATED BELOW UNDER DOCUMENTS.
Grievance Day: Appointments are needed prior to grievance day & will only be scheduled after all applications & supporting documents are supplied at least 4 days in advance.
For 2017 Final Tax Roll Information - Please go to Links - Under Ontario County Real Property Tax or see the homepage for current tax roll info.
2716 County Road #47
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: (585) 394-0036, ext. 5
Fax: (585) 394-8714
EXEMPTION FORMS AND GRIEVANCE APPLICATION ARE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW UNDER DOCUMENTS.
How to File for a Review of Your Assessment
RP 524 (Grievance Application) is below for completion.
Ontario County Real Property Tax
2017 Final Assessment Roll
Ontario County Real Property Tax Assessments
Uniform Percentage of Value
The percentage of market value (full value) used by an assessing unit to establish uniform assessments. This value must appear on the tentative roll. Real Property Tax Law Section 305 specifies, "all real property in each assessing unit shall be assessed at a uniform percentage of value..."
Taxable Status Date - March 1st
The Assessor is required by New York State law to value property as it is on this date. A partially completed building will receive a partial assessment based on its estimated percentage of completion as of March 1st. If you suffer a loss to your property (ex: fire, demolition) after this date you will see no reduction for that loss on forthcoming roll. Exemption forms must be filed by this date also.
Residential Assessment Ratio (RAR)
A percentage established by the State Board of Real Property Services according to law, using the ratio of assessed value to the sales price for each usable residential sale in a recent one-year period. Ratios are then listed from highest to lowest; the midpoint (median) ratio is selected as the RAR. The RAR can be used to prove that a residential property is assessed at a higher level than other homes on the assessment roll. Your locality's RAR indicates at what percent of full value residential properties are assessed. For example, a RAR of 20 indicates that residential properties are assessed at approximately 20 percent of their full value.
"State equalization rate" means the percentage of full value at which taxable real property in a county, city, town or village is assessed as determined by the state board." (RPTL Section 102) The rate is a ratio of the sum of the locally determined assessed values for all taxable parcels for a given assessment roll divided by ORPS's estimate of total full value for that same roll.
RP-485b Cold War Veterans Exemption Application
RP-524 Grievance application
RP-467 Senior exemption
Information on what to do if you disagree with your assessment
RP-459-c Disability with limited income
RP-458 Alternative Veterans Ex
RP-425-IVP Income Verification form- For Enhanced Star only
RP-305 Agricultural exemption application