Assessor

WHAT DOES THE ASSESSOR DO?

The Assessor is responsible for the valuation of real property in the Town of Grand Island, and continuously updates information on all parcels of real property
. This includes collecting and maintaining the physical information needed to estimate the market value of all property. The office must also maintain the ownership records for all property in the Town by verifying and reviewing all sales that occur. 

The office is also responsible for the administration of various tax exemptions in accordance with New York State Real Property Tax Law, and local laws, along with the maintenance of property inventory records. Property exemptions are awarded for a variety of reasons. Some of the exemptions available are Senior Citizen, Enhanced Star and Basic Star for School Taxes, Veterans’ Exemption, Agricultural Exemptions, Business Incentive Exemption among others.


COMMON QUESTIONS

  • About property taxes and assessments - video
  • Contesting an assessment - video
  • Is your assessment fair? - video
  • Property tax exemptions - video



IMPORTANT DATES

March 1:  Taxable Status Date
All exemption applications and renewals must be filed by March 1st to affect the following September’s school tax bill and January property tax bill.

May 1:  Tentative Assessment Roll Filed 
Property owners will be notified of any changes to their assessments at this time.

4th Tuesday in May:  Grievance Day     
Property owners may appear or file the form with a written explanation if they feel their assessment is incorrect.  Grievance forms will be available in the Assessor’s Office at the end of April.  The tentative assessment roll is also available for inspection prior to grievance day.  After Grievance Day, (if you attended or sent in a written form) letters outlining the Assessment Board of Review’s decision will be sent to property owners.

July 1:  Final Assessment Roll Filed     
All changes from Grievance Day are entered on the final roll.  The following September school tax and January property tax bills are based on the assessment as of July 1.




 

Contact

Town Hall 716-773-9600

Judy Tafelski, Assessor
x 648
jtafelski@grand-island.ny.us

Jacquie McGinty, Assistant Assessor
x 651
jmcginty@grand-island.ny.us

Fax: 716-773-9618
Department Email:
assessor@grand-island.ny.us

Grand Island Town Hall
1st Floor
2255 Baseline Road
Grand Island, New York 14072
REASSESSMENT 2021
Due to the worldwide Covid-19 Pandemic this past Spring, the Town of Grand Island had to postpone the implementation of the 2020 Reassessment Project till 2021.  The new assessments for 2020 were never adopted by the Town and the Grand Island Town Board recently retained ENPM to update their 2020 assessment figures.  Over the course of the next 9-months they will be working in the Town to accomplish that goal.  The 9-month project calls for a town-wide review/update of all 8,941 parcels in the town.  ENPM will be working closely with Town Assessor Judy Tafelski to provide a fair and equitable tax roll at 100% of market value for the July 1, 2021 Tax Roll.  
A public meeting will be held in February 2021 to give an overview of the project and timeline as well as an opportunity for residents to ask questions.  
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