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 2023, voters passed the 2023-24 school budget, which established a tax levy of $87,780,728 and remained within the allowable tax cap with tax levy increase of 2.08%. View 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 2023 equalization rate for the Town of Orangetown and the Village of Grand View-on-Hudson is 35.63%, which means that property in the town (and village) is assessed at less than market value. The 2023 equalization rate for the Village of Piermont is 100%, which means property assessments in the village are roughly equal to full market value.

Where can I find information about the STAR credit program?

The New York State Department of Tax and Finance website has detailed information about the STAR program 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.