It is the assessor's job to ensure that properties are assessed fairly. If your assessment is correct and your tax bill still seems too high, the assessor cannot change that. Complaints to the assessment department should concern the full market value used for the assessment of your property or about an exemption you did or did not receive, not the amount of your tax bill.
Determine what you feel is the current full market value of your property and see if that is in line with the full market value that the assessment department has which is available via our Online Property Viewer. If you feel the assessment department’s full market value is not reasonable, request an informal meeting by sending an email and any supporting documentation to CityAssessor@yonkersny.gov. Informal meetings with assessment department staff about any assessment related issue pertaining to the next tentative assessment roll can be scheduled to take place throughout the year. If after speaking with assessment department staff and reviewing the next tentative assessment roll published annually on November 1st, you still feel you are unfairly assessed, ask for an appeal form so you can make a case for an assessment reduction to the Board of Assessment Review. Assessment appeal forms can be submitted to this department from November 1st through November 15th annually for the current tentative assessment roll. The New York State Publication, Contest Your Assessment describes how to make a case for an assessment reduction to the Board of Assessment Review, and provides the instructions for filing a complaint.
What are the Important Assessment Dates in the City of Yonkers?
What Determines the Amount of a Property Tax Bill?
The amount of a particular property's tax bill is determined by two things: the property's taxable assessment and the tax levy’s, i.e., property tax budget, of the taxing jurisdictions in which the property is located. The tax rate is determined by dividing the tax levy to be raised from all, or part, of an assessing unit, and the applicable total taxable assessed value. The assessment is determined by the assessor and should be based on the value of the property less any applicable property tax exemptions.
What Determines the Tax Rate?
The tax rate is the result of dividing the tax levy, i.e., property tax budget, by the applicable total taxable assessments.
What Does the Assessment Department Do?
Maintains a Record of Each Property
Updates Property Records to reflect Changes
Utilizes a variety of Technology
Maintains an Assessment Administration Database
Tracks and Process New Exemption Applications & Exemption Renewals
Responds to Inquiries
Attends all Board of Assessment Review Hearings
Responds to all Small Claims Assessment Review Appeals
Works with the Corporation Counsel and/or Special Council on Certiorari (Assessment) Appeal Responses
Updates the database to reflect all transfers, e.g., sales, electronically transmitted and reports corrections to the NYS Department of Taxation & Finance, Office of Real Property Tax Services.
Collects Income & Expense Data
Works with contractors
Maintains Tax Maps
Keeps abreast of New York State Real Property Tax Law & Legal Opinions
Handle a variety of administrative responsibilities in addition to other responsibilities.
A property's assessment is the same as, or a percentage of, market value as of a specific date. Market value is how much a property would sell for under normal conditions. Assessments are determined by the Assessor who independently estimates the value of real property in an assessing unit. Assessing units follow municipal boundaries - county, city, town, or village.