Penny Haddad, Assessor.
Help Lines for Property Owners:
You can visit the State website New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for information regarding real property assessments at http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/default.htm
Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Job of the Assessor:
If you are looking for a specific form, you can find it on the ORPTS Forms Page. All forms from this
site are in "PDF" format and require the "Adobe Reader" to read them. Click on the
Adobe image to the left if you need to install the "Adobe Reader" on your computer.
Some forms (those with the "Fill-In" button) can be completed on your computer and printed. Please note that you cannot save the completed form as a file on your computer - you can only print it out on your printer.
The assessor performs many other administrative functions, such as inspecting new construction and major improvements to existing structures. This ensures that the record of each property's physical inventory is current and that the appropriate improvements are assessed.
The assessor reviews every transfer of real property within the town for accuracy, including the basic information on the buyer, seller, and sale price. Assessment records are updated, and any unusual conditions affecting the transfer are also verified. Results are recorded on form RP-5217 at the real estate closing. The assessor makes corrections to this form.
All real property is assessed. Real property is defined as land and any permanent structures attached to it. Some examples of real property are houses, gas stations, office buildings, vacant land, motels, shopping centers, salable natural resources (oil, gas, timber), farms, apartment buildings, factories, restaurants, and, in most instances, mobile homes.
Before assessing any parcel of property, the assessor estimates its market value. Market value is how much a property would sell for, in an open market, under normal conditions. Once the assessor estimates the market value of a property, its assessment is calculated. The level of assessment can be five percent, 20 percent, 50 percent, or any other fraction, up to 100 percent. Everyone pays his or her fair share of taxes as long as every property in a locality is assessed at the same percent of value.
Follow the links at the bottom of this page to find exemption forms. The assessor will schedule appointments to visit the home of any taxpayer unable to travel to assist with the filing of exemption forms. Completed application forms are due in the Assessor's Office on or before March 1st.
Assessors are interested only in fairly assessing property in their assessing unit. If your assessment is correct and your tax bill still seems too high, the assessor cannot change that. Complaints to the assessor must be about how property is assessed. Taxpayers unhappy with growing property tax bills should not only be concerned with assessments. They should also examine the scope of budgets and expenditures of the taxing jurisdictions (counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts, etc.) and address those issues in the appropriate and available public forums.
Informal meetings with assessors to resolve assessment questions about the next assessment roll can take place throughout the year. If, after speaking with your assessor, you still feel you are unfairly assessed, the booklet, "How to Contest Your Assessment" describes how to prepare and file a complaint with the Board of Assessment Review for an assessment reduction, and indicates the time of year it can be done.
Guilford Town Court will not be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 due to elections being held that day.
The Guilford Town Hall will be closed Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 in observance of Veteran's Day. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, November 13, 2017.