Lenox undergoing reassessments

The town of Lenox is undergoing a reassessment for the 2008 assessment roll. Property owners will receive a change in assessment notice in April. The notice will give each property owner the tentative assessment and an estimated tax amount based on the prior years budgets. Actual tax bills will be based on future budgets that are determined by local school, county, town and village officials.

Grievance day in Lenox will be May 27. If a property owner feels the new assessment is incorrect, the assessor and assessment staff will be available to meet for informal hearings to review the market value. Reviews will be by appointment only throughout the months of April and through May 25.

To make an appointment, call 697-9910 and ask for Tanya Pifer, assessor or Judy Cichon, assessment clerk between the hours of 8:3 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Before the appointment, there are several things that can be done to prepare for the review. The primary source for information about taxpayer rights, grievance forms and justification for grievance is New York State Office of Real Property, at orps.state.ny.us and select, Taxpayer Rights and Information. The state's grievance form (RP-524) can be printed and completed.

A local source for DATA information in Madison County can be obtained by visiting madisoncounty.org. Tthe assessment information on this web site will not show new tentative values). Select departments and real property tax services. Tax maps can be viewed and data can be obtained on other properties in the area.

To obtain current residential sales in the village of Canastota, visit the village of Canastota's web site at canastota.com and select "Assessor" under village departments.

Grievance forms and a listing of recent residential sales for the village and town are also available at the town of Lenox assessor's office.

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