South Orangetown Central School District

Frequently Asked Questions: School Property Tax

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

School districts are responsible for the tax levy. In May 2021, residents will vote on a tax levy of $83,676,185 for the 2021-2022 school year, reflecting a tax levy increase of 0.10% which is within the maximum allowable tax levy limit. View 2021-2022 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 2020 equalization rates for the Town of Orangetown and the Village of Grandview were 42.05%, which means that property in the town is assessed at less than market value. The 2020 equalization rate for the Village of Piermont were 100%, which means property assessments in the village are roughly equal to full market value. The 2021 equalization rates will be determined by the County in order for the Board of Education to adopt the school district’s tax warrant near the end of August.

Where can I find information about the STAR credit program?

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.