Assessor

Tentative Assessment Roll & Grievance Day 2022

 

NOTICE OF COMPLETION OF THE TENTATIVE ASSESSMENT ROLL

Pursuant to §506 & §526 of the Real Property Tax Law:

NOTICE is hereby given that the Assessor in the Town of Clinton, County of Dutchess, has completed her tentative assessment roll for the current year, a copy of which is filed with the Town Clerk.  This roll may be viewed on the County’s website when it becomes available at:

The Assessor will be in attendance with such tentative roll at: Assessor’s Office; 1215 Centre Road; Rhinebeck, NY 12572, on the following days and times:

Sat. May 7, 2022 between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm

Wed. May 11, 2022 between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Sat. May 14, 2022 between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm

Wed. May 18, 2022 between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm

 

Appointments may be made by calling the Assessor’s Office at (845) 266-8179 x113 or 114.  Please check the Town website for any updates due to Covid protocols at: https://www.townofclinton.com

Written complaints with respect to the assessments (form RP-524) may be filed with the Assessor any time prior to, or on, Grievance Day and shall be transmitted by the Assessor to the Board of Assessment Review on or before the end of Grievance Day hearings.

A publication containing procedures for contesting an assessment is available online at:  www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/publications/orpts/grievancebooklet.pdf

 

GRIEVANCE DAY

Pursuant to §512 & §525 of RPTL

NOTICE is hereby given that the BOARD OF ASSESSMENT REVIEW (BAR) for the Town of Clinton, County of Dutchess, shall hear and examine all properly filed complaints in relation to assessments or real property on:

Wed. May 25, 2022 4 PM – 8 PM

 at Clinton Town Hall (Masonic Building), 1215 Centre Road; Rhinebeck, NY; (845) 266-8179 x113.  Hearing of complaints will be in-person unless changed due to Covid protocol.  Please call to schedule a hearing time if you choose to appear before the BAR.

ALL COMPLAINT FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE BOARD OF ASSESSMENT REVIEW BY 8 PM ON MAY 25, 2022

 

Forms received between Monday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 25 may be heard by the BAR, at the sole discretion of the Assessor, at a later date.

 To submit the grievance form (RP-524) along with supporting documentation, please mail to:

Board of Assessment Review

C/O Town of Clinton Assessor

1215 Centre Rd.

Rhinebeck, NY  12572

OR scan and email to:  assessor@townofclinton.com  (Emailed applications will receive a return email as proof of receipt).

OR drop off in the Incoming Drop-box (gray tote) to the left of the main building doors.

Upon completion of determinations on all assessment complaints, the BAR will file a copy with the Town Clerk to become a matter of public record.

Information from the Clinton Assessor

There are six major exemptions available for partial tax reduction:
1. Veterans’ exemptions for honorably discharged U.S. military personnel are available for Town, County, and School District reductions. Adopted exemption levels are applied to the veteran’s property depending on the service time (war vs. peacetime) and location (combat vs. non-combat zone) of the veteran’s service. An additional tax reduction is available to those with a service related disability as determined by the VA. The unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran is also entitled to the exemption. No annual renewal is necessary.
2. Senior citizens age 65 or older with limited incomes or resident homeowners of any age who are physically disabled with limited incomes, may also apply for an exemption. For the Senior Citizen Exemption, the home must have been owned and occupied by the applicant for a minimum of one year prior to March 1. Both have income and residency restrictions and must be renewed annually (but not in 2021).
3. The STAR (School TAx Relief) is available on the homeowner’s primary residence. The New York State Department of Taxation & Finance (NYSDTF) has changed the STAR from an exemption to a check for new homeowners, those not receiving a STAR exemption prior to March 2015, those whose income is between $250,000.01 and $500,000, or those who voluntarily switch from the STAR exemption to a STAR check (please contact the Assessor’s Office if you would like to switch). In order to receive a STAR check, homeowners must apply through NYSDTF at www.tax.ny.gov/star or by phone at 518-457-2036. Each year, NYSDTF will determine the homeowner’s level of eligibility – Basic, Enhanced, or none – and mail the appropriate amount in a check. Basic STAR is for those applicants of any age with incomes at or below $500,000 for IRS income tax year 2019. Enhanced STAR is for applicants 65 or over with defined incomes of $90,550 or less in 2019. The New Enhanced STAR exemption applicants must currently have a Basic STAR exemption and must enroll in the IVP (Income Verification Program). After initial application through the Assessor’s Office, future Enhanced STAR exemptions will be automatically renewed, dropped to Basic STAR, removed, or reinstated as determined by NYSDTF.
4. Agricultural exemptions are available for properties of at least 7 acres of land used in agricultural production, with a gross income from said land of at least $10,000 per year in the first year or $10,000 averaged over a two-year period. This exemption must be renewed annually.
5. A forestry exemption is available for land used under a NYS DEC approved forest management plan and must be renewed annually. The owner must supply the Assessor with a copy of the annual commitment letter they are required to file with the County.
6. Volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers who have 5 or more years and less than 20 years of active service in the East and West Clinton Fire Departments while owning a primary residence in the Town of Clinton must file annually. Those with 20 years or more need only file once. This exemption is only available to firefighters who do not file for the income tax credit on their NYS Tax Return.
Whenever 65 is referenced above, the applicant must turn 65 or older within the calendar year of filing. If you think you qualify for any of these exemptions, or have questions, call the Assessor at 845-266-8179, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Please get your applications in as soon as possible to allow the Assessor to collect any of the required information for timely processing of your application. It is necessary to have the signed application with required documentation submitted by the March 1, 2021 deadline. If additional supporting information is required by the Assessor, she will provide an additional deadline for only the supporting information. Renewal notices have already been sent out by the Assessor’s Office to Agricultural Exemption holders who must file annually.

GRIEVING YOUR ASSESSMENT:

If you believe your property assessment is incorrect, you must follow the grievance process to contest the assessment. Your annual assessed value is found on the Tentative Assessment Roll which is available in the Assessor’s Office, the Town Clerk’s Office and on-line through the Dutchess County website.

The Town of Clinton BAR (Board of Assessment Review) meeting (Grievance Day) is held each year on the fourth Wednesday after the fourth Tuesday in May. Please call the Assessor’s office for information and scheduling an appearance time on Grievance Day.  Find on-line Grievance forms (RP-524 – RP524 grievance form) and Booklets at http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/publications/orpts/grievancebooklet.pdf

Grievance forms must be received by the Assessor by the close of the BAR meeting. However, forms received between the Monday prior to the BAR meeting and Grievance Day may, at the sole discretion of the Assessor, be heard by the BAR at a later date. Forms received after the close of the BAR meeting will be rejected as untimely. If you have any questions or need information, contact the Assessor’s Office at 845-266-8179 ext 114.

In general, the Town of Clinton’s BAR (Board of Assessment) meeting (Grievance Day) is held on the fourth Wednesday after the fourth Tuesday of May each year on the third floor of the Town Hall Masonic Building; call the Assessor’s office at 845-266-8179 ext 113 for scheduling.

 

STAR EXEMPTIONS:
Information on STAR (School Tax Relief) eligibility is available on the NY State Department of Taxation and Finance website at:  https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/eligibility.htm  .  In general, STAR application form submissions to the Assessor are only required for new Enhanced STAR exemptions for applicants currently receiving a Basic STAR exemption (not a STAR check) and are due by March 1.  New homeowners must apply through NY State to received a STAR credit check. Contact NY State Dept. of Taxation & Finance at (518) 457-2036 M – F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

 

OTHER EXEMPTIONS:  All new exemption applications, including Veterans exemptions, and exemption renewal applications, are due by March 1 (eg. Agricultural, Senior Citizen, Disability, and Wholly Exemptions).

If you have any questions or need information, contact the Assessor’s Office at 845-266-8179 ext 113 or 114.

 

 

Teresa Stegner, Town Assessor
Judy Malstrom, Clerk

Office Location:
1215 Centre Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572; Lower level of the Masonic Hall

Hours:
Office Hours Wednesdays at 1:00 - 3:00 pm Saturdays at 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Phone: 845-266-8179
Fax: 845-266-5748
Email: Assessor@townofclinton.com

Mailing Address:
1215 Centre Road Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Other Information:

Assessor Clerk Email Address: assessorclerk@townofclinton.com