South Orangetown Central School District

Frequently Asked Questions: School Property Tax

Why is my school property tax bill different than school tax levy increase that I voted on in May?

School districts are responsible for the tax levy. In June 2020, voters will vote on a tax levy of $83,594,265 for the 2020-2021 school year, reflecting a tax levy increase of 2.82% which is within the maximum allowable tax levy limit. View 2020-2021 school district budget information here.

However, other factors that affect property taxes, such as changes in property assessment and base proportions, are determined by the Town of Orangetown Assessor. To view the Assessment Calendar and the Orangetown Final Assessment Roll information, go to the Town of Orangetown Assessor’s webpage.

In addition, equalization rates are determined by New York State to ensure that owners of properties with similar full market values pay an equivalent amount of taxes. The 2019 equalization rates for the Town of Orangetown and the Village of Grandview were 43.96%, which means that property in the town is assessed at less than market value. The 2019 equalization rate for the Village of Piermont were 100%, which means property assessments in the village are roughly equal to full market value. The 2020 equalization rates will be determined by determined by the County in order for the Board of Education to adopt the school district’s tax warrant near the end of August.

I heard that New York State has changed the STAR credit program: What’s different?

The program has changed for households that received the Basic STAR exemption and had incomes between $250,000 and $500,000. Eligible households will now receive a check for the STAR credit instead of the reduction on their school tax bills.

The New York State Department of Tax and Finance website has detailed information about changes to the STAR program, options for households earning $250,000 or less, and how to register for STAR credit.

Who should I contact regarding my property assessment?

Questions regarding property assessments should be directed to the Town of Orangetown Assessor’s Office. Contact information is posted on the Town of Orangetown website here.