ASSESSORS OFFICE

20 Hammond Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771

The role of the Assessor's Office is to estimate property values. We do not collect taxes. But, by law, we must discover all taxable property in the City and appraise its value, then calculate 35% of that appraised value to determine its assessed value.

Contact Telephone #

 845.858.4094

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PROPERTY VALUE

Assessors are interested only in fairly assessing property in their assessing unit. It is up to individual property owners to monitor their own assessments.

THE MISSION

Our mission is to administer the City's assessment program in a manner that assures public confidence in our accuracy, productivity, and fairness. Our vision is to be a model of assessment administration with a reputation for delivering impartial, accurate, and understandable assessments that exceed statutory requirements. The Assessor's Office performs the following major functions to fulfill its mission:

  • Find, list, and value uniformly all taxable property in the City as required by law.
     

  • Comply with the legal requirements for processing assessment objections and determining eligibility for property tax exemptions.
     

  • Provide service and information to the public, other city departments, and public agencies.

FORMS AND DOWNLOADS

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2020 Roll Assessment

Document showing the taxable value of properties
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Change of Address Form (revision 5.3.17)

Clarifying Change of Address
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421f Residential Improvement Application

Application for tax exemption for capital improvements to residential property
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421f Residential Improvement Information

Explanation of requirements for tax exemption on capital improvements to residential property
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421f Residential Improvement Instructions

Instructions for applying for tax exemption on capital improvements to residential property
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RP524 Grievance Complaint Form

Form to Contest Real Property Assessment
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RP524 Grievance Instruction Sheet

Explanation of criteria and process for Contesting Real Property Assessment
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Local Law 14-2017 Income and Expenses Law for Grievances

Law explaining the need to submit income and expenses for Grievance of Assessment
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Local Law 14-2017 Income and Expenses Form

Form for submitting income and expenses for Grievance of Assessment
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RP 425 IVP Tax Relief Optional Income Verification Program Form

Form for participating in the STAR Income Verification Program
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RP 458 Application for Alt Veteran Exempt

Application for Veterans Exemption from Real Property Tax
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RP 458 Instructions for Alt Veteran Exempt

Instructions for Veterans Applying for Exemption from Real Property Tax
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RP 458 b Application for Alt Veteran Exempt

Application for Veterans Applying for Exemption from Real Property Tax
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RP 458 b Instructions for Alt Veteran Exempt

Instructions for Veterans Applying for Exemption from Real Property Tax
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RP 467 Application for Senior Citizens Exemption

Application for Senior Citizen Applying for Partial Tax Exemption from Real Property Tax
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RP 467 Instructions for Senior Citizens Exemption

Instructions for Senior Citizen Applying for Partial Tax Exemption from Real Property Tax

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS TAXABLE VALUE AND HOW IS IT CALCULATED?

The Taxable Value of your land is the Assessor's estimate of its full cash value, taking into account its location, zoning, actual use, etc. The Taxable Value of your buildings is their estimated replacement cost less depreciation. Your taxes will be based on your total assessed value, which is 35% of your total appraised value. For value information on your property assessment data please click here to access the parcel summary page.

WHY DID MY TAXABLE VALUE CHANGE?

The Taxable Value can change because of a boundary change, new construction, a change in use, a reappraisal, or any combination of these factors.

  • Boundary changes occur when old parcels are either divided or combined.

  • New construction includes new buildings, additions, remodeling, etc.

  • Changes in use can include such changes as converting a residence to office or retail use or land from agricultural use to residential use.

  • Reappraisal of property is done annually. Improvements are recalculated to current cost of replacement less depreciation and land is revalued to reflect the current market.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A "PRIMARY RESIDENCE"?

A residence which is designated by the owner as the primary residence of the owner in this State, exclusive of any other residence of the owner in this State; and Which is not rented, leased or otherwise made available for exclusive occupancy by any person other than the owner of the residence and members of the family of the owner.

WHAT DOES AN ASSESSOR DO?

An 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.

WHAT IS AN ASSESSMENT "ROLL"?

An assessment roll is a public record containing the information about property and individual pieces of land within the taxing jurisdiction of an assessing unit. Assessment rolls determine each block’s value and help determine what to tax property owners.

Assessment rolls compile a list of tax information for every property in a municipality or county, or what’s called assessing units. Information in these documents includes full market value of the parcel and the date in which the valuation was carried out.


The assessment roll helps determine the property’s taxable value after applying the exemptions. Each assessment roll is confirmed by an assessor’s oath on the last page. If a property owner is unhappy with the assessment, she can contest it.