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 May 2019, voters approved a tax levy of $81,298,542 for the 2019-2020 school year, reflecting a tax levy increase of 3.72%. View 2019-2020 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 2019 Orangetown Final Assessment Roll, 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 Grand View-On-Hudson are 43.59%, which means that property is assessed at less than market value. The 2019 equalization rate for the Village of Piermont is 100%, which means property assessments in the village are roughly equal to full market value.

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.