DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS OFFICE:
Assessor is local official who estimates the value of real property within the town or village boundaries. This value is converted into an assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills. The Assessor maintains the municipality assessment roll - the document containing each property assessment. The physical description and value estimate of every parcel is kept current. The property inventory is available for inspection by appointment before the filing of the tentative assessment roll May 1. The assessment roll shows assessments and appropriate exemptions. Every year the roll, with preliminary or tentative assessments, is made available for public inspection. After the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) has acted on assessment complaints and ordered any changes, the tentative assessment roll is made final July 1. Property is assessed at an estimate of market value.
The Assessor approves and keeps track of property tax exemptions -the most common being Senior Citizen, Star, Veterans, Agricultural, etc. The Assessor also reviews every transfer of real property for accuracy, including the basic information on the buyer, seller, and sale price.
OFFICE LOCATION, HOURS OF OPERATION, PHONE #, STAFF LISTING:
ASSESSOR: Joseph V. DeCarlo
ASSESSOR'S CLERK: Janet Bowman
716-549-4423 EXT 5 fax: 716-780-7409
Mon -Tues - Fri l0AM to 2PM
Thursday 12PM to 2 PM
Wednesday: Closed and Holidays
Mail all correspondence to:
Town of Brant
ATTN: Assessor's Office
1272 Brant-North Collins Rd.
P.O. Box 228
Brant, New York 14027
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
Enhanced Star (age 65+ with proof of income)
Senior Citizen (age 65+ and household income below $32,400.00)
Disability and limited income (households with income below $32,400.00)
Note: If you are a new homeowner in Brant – or think you may be eligible for one of the above property tax exemptions – please call the Assessor’s Office at 716-549-4423 Ext 5. Each exemption has specific eligibility requirements and the deadline to apply is March 1.
If you had a Star exemption on your property for the 2015-2016 School year – you do not need to reapply. If you did not have a Star exemption on
your property for the 2015-2016 School year – you will have to register at www.tax.ny.gov/star or call 518-457-2036.
If you had an Enhanced Star Exemption on your property for the 2015-2016 School Year – and you wish to continue receiving the exemption – you
must reapply with Form RP-425 – Rnw and submit proof of income, or participate in the income Verification Program RP-425-IVP).
If this is a new Enhanced Star Exemption – you will have to register at www.tax.ny.gov/star or call 518-457-2036
PARTIAL LIST OF FORMS:
GRIEVANCE PROCESS SUMMARY:
Forms and instructions are available in the Assessor’s Office for any person owning property to file a grievance. (Click here for the form you will need RP-524). You may complete the complaint yourself or your representative or attorney may complete it for you. The only assessment that may be review is the assessment on the current tentative assessment roll. As a general rule, a separate complaint should be filed for each separately assessed parcel. The complaint must be filed in the town in which the property is located with the Assessor’s Office, or to the Board of Assessment review. You may mail or deliver the complaint form and it must be received no later than the day the Board of Assessment review meets to hear complaints. You may appear personally, with or without your attorney or other representative.
FOR A MORE COMPLETE LIST OF FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS, LINK TO NYS REAL PROPERTY’S WEB SITE –
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Who can examine the assessment roll?
Anyone can examine the assessment roll at any time, however, between Taxable Status Day (March 1) and the filing of the Tentative Roll (May 1), it should be done by appointment.
When can a taxpayer talk to the assessor?
If a taxpayer feels they are not being fairly assessed, they should meet with their assessor before the tentative roll is established (May 1st) for an informal meeting when the assessor can explain how the assessment was determined. Informal meetings with the Assessor can take place throughout the year.
If a taxpayer files for a grievance and it is denied by the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) – what recourse does the taxpayer have??
The property owner may appeal to Small Claims Assessment Review 30 days after certification of Final Roll which is July 1.
The Town of Brant is an equal opportunity provIder, and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write:
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410,
or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD)