Assessment Information

Real Property Assessment Information
2017 Final Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2017 Tentative Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2016 Final Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2016 Tentative Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2015 Final Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2015 Tentative Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2014 Final Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2014 Tentative Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2013 Final Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2013 Tentative Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2012 Final Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2012 Tentative Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2011 Final Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Dannemora Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Ellenburg Saranac
Champlain Mooers Schuyler Falls
     
2011 Tentative Rolls
Altona Chazy Peru
Ausable Clinton Plattsburgh - City
Beekmantown Clinton - Addendum Plattsburgh - Town
Black Brook Dannemora Saranac
Champlain Ellenburg Schuyler Falls
  Mooers Schuyler Falls - Addendum

 

Parcel Counts PDF version

Clinton County Map with Parcel Counts

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Clinton County 2018

Equalization for every Municipality is 100%
Municipality Parcels Acreage Square Miles
ALTONA 1,941 66,560 104
AUSABLE 1,670 28,160 44
BEEKMANTOWN 2,885 44,800 70
BLACK BROOK 1,428 87,040 136
CHAMPLAIN 3,310 32,000 50
CHAZY 2,432 35,200 55
CLINTON 877 43,520 68
DANNEMORA 1,591 42,800 67
ELLENBURG 1,641 69,120 108
MOOERS 2,272 55,680 87
PERU 3,320 59,520 93
PLATTSBURGH, CITY OF 5,086 3,410 5
PLATTSBURGH, TOWN OF 5,584 30,080 47
SARANAC 2,468 74,880 117
SCHUYLER FALLS 2,318 24,320 38

 

Altona
John Brunell
Phone
518-236-7035 ext 102
Fax 518-236-7621

Town Office & Highway Dept
PO Box 79
Altona, NY 12910
Office Hours:
No Scheduled Hours
Email

Ausable
George Arnold III
Phone
518-834-4692
Fax 518-834-9519

Home Office
182 Pleasant Street
Keeseville, NY 12944
Office Hours:
No Scheduled Hours
Email

Beekmantown
Trevor Finley
Phone
518-563-4650 Option 5
Fax 518-563-0554

Town Office
571 Spellman Rd
West Chazy, NY 12992

Office Hours:
Every Wednesday & Thursday
9am-3:30pm
Email

Black Brook
Leon Brousseau
Phone
518-647-5411 Option 7
Fax 518-647-1294 12912

Town Office
PO Box 715
Ausable Forks, NY
Office Hours:
No Scheduled Hours
Email

Champlain
Timothy Surpitski
Phone
518-298-8160 Option 7
Fax 518-298-8896

Town Office
729 Route 9, PO Box 3144
Champlain, NY 12919
Office Hours:
Every Thursday 9am-3:30pm
Email

Chazy
Jeremiah Cross
Phone
518-846-7544 Option 3
Fax 518-846-8981

Town of Chazy Assessor
PO Box 219
Chazy, NY 12921
Office Hours:
Every Wednesday & Thursday
9am-3:30pm
Email

Clinton
Stewart Seguin
Phone 518-569-0449

PO Box 8
Ellenburg Depot, NY 12935
Town of Clinton 518-497-6133
Office Hours:
No Scheduled Hours
Email

Dannemora
Trevor Finley
Phone
518-492-7541 ext 104
Fax 518-492-7314

Town Office
78 Higby Road
Ellenburg Depot, NY 1293
Office Hours:
Every Tuesday 9am-3:30pm
Email

Ellenburg
Stewart Seguin (Chairperson)
Phone 518-594-7708
Fax 518-594-7414

Ellenburg Municipal Building
16 St Edmunds Way Suite 1
Ellenburg Center, NY 12934
Office Hours:
No Scheduled Hours
Email

Mooers
Larry Wolff
Phone
518-236-7927 ext 107
Fax 518-236-4769

Town Office
2508 Route 11, PO Box 242
Mooers, NY 12958
Office Hours:
Thursday 9am-3:30pm
Email

Peru
Jeremiah Cross
Phone
518-643-2745 Option 4
Fax 518-643-0078

Town Office
3036 Main Street
Peru, NY 12972
Office Hours:
Every Tuesday & Wednesday
9am-3:30pm
Email

Plattsburgh, City of
Timothy Surpitski
Phone 518-565-4760
Fax 518-565-4773

Clinton County Real Property
137 Margaret Street, Suite 210
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
Email

Plattsburgh, Town of
Brian Dowling
Phone 518-562-6820
Fax 518-563-8396

Town Office
151 Banker Rd
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
Email

Saranac
Steve Petrashune
Phone
518-293-6666 Option 6
Fax 518-293-7245

Town Office
PO Box 147
Saranac, NY 12981
Office Hours:
No Scheduled Hours
Email

Schuyler Falls
Gary Drollette
Phone
518-563-1129 Option 7
Fax 518-561-7845

Town Office 997
Mason St., PO Box 99
Morrisonville, NY 12962
Office Hours:
No Scheduled Hours
Email

 

 

Who is the Assessor?
The assessor is a local government official who estimates the value of real property within a city, town, or village's boundaries. This value is converted into an assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills.
What Training Does the Assessor Have To Take?

Assessors must obtain basic certification by New York State within three years of taking office*. This requires the successful completion of orientation, three assessment administration course components, and five appraisal components, including farm appraisal for certain agricultural communities. The New York State Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) prescribes the components.

*Assessors in Nassau County, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers are not required to obtain basic certification.

Each year, appointed assessors must complete an average of 24 hours of continuing education. Both elected and appointed assessors may attain any of three advanced designations awarded by ORPS: State Certified Assessor-Advanced, State Certified Assessor-Professional, and State Certified Assessor-National.

What Does an Assessor Do?

The assessor is obligated by New York State law to maintain assessments at a uniform percentage of market value each year. The assessor signs an oath to this effect when certifying the tentative assessment roll -- the document containing each property assessment. The physical description (or inventory) and value estimate of every parcel is required to be kept current. In order to maintain a uniform roll, each year your assessor will need to analyze all of the properties in the municipality to determine which assessments need to be changed.

Where assessments need to be changed, in some cases, your assessor will be able to increase or decrease the assessments of a neighborhood or group of properties by applying real estate market trends to those properties. This is possible only when the assessments to be changed are at a uniform level other than the municipality's stated level of assessment. In other cases, the assessor will need to conduct physical reinspections for reappraisals of properties. Every assessing unit should be keeping all assessments at a fair and uniform level every year.

The assessment roll shows assessments and appropriate exemptions. Every year the roll, with preliminary or tentative assessments, is made available for public inspection. After the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) has acted on assessment complaints and ordered any changes, the tentative assessment roll is made final.

What Kind of Property is Assessed?

All real property, commonly known as real estate, 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, saleable natural resources (oil, gas, timber), farms, apartment buildings, factories, restaurants, and, in most instances, mobile homes.

How is Real Property Assessed?

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. To estimate market values, the assessor must be familiar with all aspects of the local real estate market.

A property's value can be estimated in three different ways. First, property is compared to others similar to it that have sold recently, using only sales where the buyer and seller both acted without undue pressure. This method is called the market approach and is normally used to value residential, vacant, and farm properties.

The second way is to calculate the cost, using today's labor and material prices, to replace the structure with a similar one. If the structure is not new, the assessor determines the depreciation since it was built. The resulting value is added to an estimate of the market value of the land. This method, called the cost approach, is used to value special purpose and utility properties.

The third way is to analyze how much income a property (like an apartment building, store, or factory) will produce if rented. Operating expenses, insurance, maintenance costs, financing terms, and how much money expected to be earned are considered. This method is called the income approach.

Properties in sub optimal uses generally may not be assessed at market value; they must be assessed at their current-use value.

Assessors with computers can estimate values more efficiently than by hand. Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) techniques are used to analyze sales and estimate values for many properties at once.

Once the assessor estimates the market value of a property, its assessment is calculated. New York State law provides that all property within a municipality be assessed at a uniform percent of market value. 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.

For example, a house with a market value of $100,000 located in a town that assesses at 15 percent of value would have an assessment of $15,000. The assessment is multiplied by the tax rate for each taxing jurisdiction - city, town, village, school district, etc. - to determine the tax bills.

Does the Assessor have to be let into your home?

The New York State Assessors' Association pamphlet, “Understanding Assessments and Property Taxes,” states:

The Assessor has a right to go to your front door and seek admittance (possibly he or she will only want to inspect the exterior of the house) but must leave the premises if asked to do so.

If it is really inconvenient to allow an inspection at that time, tell your visitor just that and try to make an appointment for some other date. However, if you can spare the ten minutes or so that will usually be required, we urge that you allow it to proceed so that the information necessary for equitable assessment can be gathered.

The pamphlet cautions property owners not to allow anyone into their homes without proper identification, preferably I.D. cards with photographs signed by an authorized town or city official. "No identification — no entry!"

What Else Does an Assessor Do?

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 also approves and keeps track of property tax exemptions. Among the most common is the senior citizen, School Tax Relief (STAR), veterans, agricultural, and business exemptions.

The Real Property System is a computer software package (created and maintained by ORPS) to assist assessment administration functions. It is available to assessors who have the necessary computer equipment, and allows them to electronically maintain the assessment roll and related records. Corrections to State form RP-5217 can also be sent to the State Board electronically. The Real Property System also includes computer-assisted mass appraisal programs for value estimation and assessment updates.

Legally, the assessor must be present at all public hearings of the Board of Assessment Review (BAR). The BAR may request the assessor to present evidence in support of tentative assessments being grieved by taxpayers. After meeting in private without the assessor, the BAR makes its decisions and orders any appropriate changes to the assessment roll before it becomes final. If assessment reductions are denied by the BAR, and property owners appeal to Small Claims Assessment Review, the assessor prepares evidence for those hearings.

The assessor reviews every transfer of real property 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.

ORPS requires assessors to file an annual report on assessment changes. ORPS also "equalizes" property assessments to a common full (market) value in each municipality. More information on the ORPS full value measurement program is available.

Where Can I Go With Questions?

The assessor is continually communicating with the public, answering questions, and dealing with concerns raised by taxpayers. Anyone can examine the assessment roll and property records at any time. However, between Taxable Status Day and the filing of the tentative roll (generally, March through May), it should be done by appointment.

It is up to individual property owners to monitor their own assessments. Taxpayers who feel they are not being fairly assessed should meet with their assessor before the tentative assessment roll is established. In an informal setting, the assessor can explain how the assessment was determined and the rationale behind it.

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 be concerned only 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 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 File For a Review of 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.