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Posted on: April 13, 2017

The Re-Valuation Project Explained

The Town Assessor’s Office has recently completed the 2017 Reassessment (Re-Valuation) Project that began in 2016. Reassessment notices were mailed on March 31, 2017 and you should have received your notice by now. The goal of the project is to maintain fair and equitable assessments based on market conditions.
The Town Assessor is responsible for the determination of each parcel’s assessment and all questions concerning your assessment should be directed to the Town Assessor’s Office at 518-899-2584 or rldussault@malta-town.org. Please keep in mind that NYS assessment regulations prohibit elected officials (i.e. Town Board members) from attempting to influence assessment procedures.
Informal reviews can be scheduled with the Assessor through April 19th. The purpose of the informal review is to present any additional information to the assessor. That information will be considered in determining if a change (i.e. reduction) is warranted.
The Town of Malta web site also has a 2017 Reassessment Project Link http://townofmalta.sdgnys.com/search.aspx . This link provides an abundance of information regarding the project such as individual property assessments, sales and assessment information, informal review application, etc.
If you are still dissatisfied with your assessment notice, after you participated in an informal hearing, New York State Real Property Tax Law provides a formal process for an additional step in your right to challenge.
That step is provided on May 23rd 2017 (Grievance Day) when a property owner can protest their assessment before an independent grievance board comprised of residents from the Town of Malta. A grievance application must be submitted to the grievance board by close of business on that date. Please call 518-899-2584 to schedule an appointment and complete the brief grievance application. The Board of Assessment Review (BAR) will hear your complaints, review all applications, make a determination and follow-up by providing the applicant with their decision.
Please remember New York State has established the policies and procedures that must be followed relating to property assessments.
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