City of Tonawanda

Assessor

200 Niagara Street

Tonawanda, NY  14150

E-Mail: Dave Marrano
phone: (716) 695-8639 fax: (716) 695-8315

 

 

*NEW*  2014 Equity Update Informal Assessment Review Process

2014 Instructions

2014 Informal Residential Application

2014 Informal Commercial/Vacant Land Application

2014 Commercial Income and Expense Non-Apartment

2014 Commercial Income and Expense Apartment

2014 How to Challenge your Assessment

2014 Items That Effect Market Value

2014 How Market Value is Determined

 

MISSION STATEMENT-CITY OF TONAWANDA ASSESSORíS OFFICE

  1. OUR GOAL IS TO PROVIDE THE TAXPAYERíS OF THE CITY OF TONAWANDA A FAIR AND EQUITABLE ASSESSMENT ON THEIR PROPERTIES AND MAINTAIN AN EQUITABLE ROLL FOR TAX PURPOSES.

  2. WE WILL PROVIDE SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC- COURTESY, PROMPT FOLLOW UP, EASY ACCESS AND AVAILABILITY TO OUR OFFICE WILL BE A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF OUR OPERATION.

  3. ALL OF OUR DECISIONS WILL BE FACT BASED, WITH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION THAT ASSISTíS THE PUBLIC IN UNDERSTANDING OUR DECISIONS.

  4. WE WILL INSURE, THROUGH FREE SEMINARS, THAT THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS THE PROCESS OF CHALLENGING THEIR ASSESSMENT.

  5. WE WILL PUBLICIZE EXEMPTION DEADLINES AND WORK WITH THE PUBLIC TO INSURE THEY RECEIVE ALL EXEMPTIONS THEY ARE ENTITLED TO.

  6. COOPERATION WITH ALL STATE, COUNTY, CITY AND SCHOOL DISTRICT DEPARTMENTS IS KEY.

  7. EXPANDING OUR PROFESSIONAL ABILITIES THROUGH STATE SPONSORED TRAINING IS CRITICAL IN EXPANDING OUR KNOWLEDGE.

 

 

Online  Assessment and Property Information2013 Final Roll

STAR ExemptionSenior ExemptionDisability Exemption

Veteran's ExemptionBusiness ExemptionChallenge Your Assessment

NYS Property and Assessment Web Page

Erie County Real Property Web Site

Current & Past Tax Rates

http://www2.erie.gov/ecrpts/

 

INTERNET NEWS FROM THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE
 

1.  The assessments are now available on-line.   Click on Public Access Bar

      Click here for on-line assessments and property information for City of Tonawanda 

      properties.

 

 

2.   INFORMAL ASSESSMENT REVIEW APPOINTMENTS

       see above for 2014

 

3.  2013 Board of Assessment Review - completed for 2013. 2014 process will be posted 5/1/2014.

 

2013 Board of Assessment Review General Information

Residential:

RPS 524 Form

RPS 524 Instructions

Residential Information/Comp

Commercial

RPS 524 Form

RPS 524 Instructions

Commercial Information/Comp

Commercial Questionaire

What to do when challenging your assessment

Grievance Booklet

Determining Comp Sale

How to Determine Market Value

 

Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR)  Info by 6/15/2014

 

EXEMPTIONS 

2014 Exemption Reminder

Renewal and new registration will start October 1st for next years roll.  If you are turning 65 this year or next year, you may be eligible for an additional exemption.  Please contact the Assessor's office after October 1st.

NYS ORPTS Exemption Video

STAR EXEMPTION
 

STAR Information Sheet


You may be eligible for the STAR Exemption if you own and reside on property in the City of Tonawanda. Proof of residency is required when making application.

The Assessor's Office accepts applications during regular business hours or by mail.  If you have applied for the BASIC STAR, you need not apply again unless you change your residence.

Seniors (65 or older) must apply between November 1st and March 1st with proof of previous years income in order to receive the ENHANCED STAR exemption on their school taxes.

STAR Pamphlet

STAR Application

ENHANCED STAR Renewal Application

Basic Star Amounts

Basic and Enhanced Star chart.

Removal of STAR for Property Owners That Have State Tax Liabilities

Beginning with 2013 school levies, property owners that have significant state tax liabilities will be denied the STAR exemption. The Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) will be responsible for identifying the property owners and impacted parcels. DTF will communicate with property owners and give them an opportunity to resolve the issue. If they do not, DTF will notify the assessors of the parcels that are no longer eligible for the STAR exemption. The assessor will be responsible for removing the exemption from the assessment roll.

SENIOR CITIZENS' EXEMPTION

The City of Tonawanda grants the senior citizen exemption to qualifying Seniors (65 and older).  Seniors must apply in the Assessor's Office each year during the November 1st through March 1st dates using the same income as stated above for the Enhanced STAR exemption.  Income limits for the purpose of this exemption are City and School taxes $17,725 and County taxes $32,400.

 Senior Exemption Pamphlet

 Enhanced STAR with Senior Application

 Enhanced STAR with Senior Renewal Application

PERSONS with DISABILITIES and LIMITED INCOMES EXEMPTION

The City of Tonawanda grants the disability exemption to qualifying persons with documented evidence of disability and proof of income.  Evidence includes award letter from the Social Security Administration, award letter from the Railroad Retirement Board, award letter from the United States Postal Service or certificate from the State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped.  Application may be made November 1 through March 1 in the Assessor's Office using your previous year's income.  Income limits for the purpose of this exemption are City and School taxes $27,000 and County taxes $32,400.

 Disability Pamphlet

 Disability Application

 Disability Renewal

 

VETERANS' EXEMPTIONS

Veteran's exemptions are granted to qualifying veterans by making application to the Assessor's office by taxable status date March 1 in the City of Tonawanda.

The City of Tonawanda Common Council recently adopted the new "Cold War Veterans Exemption".  The exemption would apply to all city taxes starting in 2010.

Proof of eligibility is required from form DD-214.  Documentation of disability rating, if received is also necessary.  The veteran must own and reside on the property to receive the exemption on County and City taxes.

If you have questions regarding the above exemptions or any other exemptions, please call the office at (716) 695-8639 or e-mail to assessor@ci.tonawanda.ny.us

 

 Veteran's Information

 Alternate Vets Application

 Alternate Vets Disability Application

 Cold War Vets Application

 Cold War Vets Disability

 

485-B BUSINESS EXEMPTION

 485-B Brochure

 485-B Application

2013 Final Assessment Roll

The Final Roll for the City of Tonawanda will be complete and filed on July 1 each year.  Any interested persons who wish to examine this roll may do so anytime during regular business hours or download the roll at the link above.

Generally, the summer months are a time when the Assessor's Office is gathering information about your property. This is especially true if you have completed your building or remodeling project and have had it approved by the City Building Inspector. This information will be sent to the Assessor's Office to determine the value of your project and how it affects your assessment.

You may call the Assessor's Office at 695-8639 for more information regarding your property. You should keep yourself informed about your property whether you are a new homeowner or have owned your home for several years.

City of Tonawanda Assessment Rolls available PDF version:

2013 Final Assessment Roll - added 7/2/2013

Tentative 2011 Assessment Roll   Final 2011 Assessment Roll

 

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Last Updated: 11/2011

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