Duties of the Assessor
The assessors prepare an assessment roll of all real property, vacant and improved, within the Town of Southold, establishing the condition, value and taxable status of each parcel of property. The valuations determined by the assessors are then used to apportion the amount of the Town, County and school taxes to be levied against each parcel of real estate. Important assessment dates for 2017 are as follows:
- Taxable Status Date: March 1
- Tentative Roll: May 1
- Grievance Day: May 16
- Final Roll: July 1
Assessed Value: The assessed value reflects a percentage of current market values. The assessment roll lists the assessed value for each parcel in the Town, organized by a parcel identification number. In addition to the assessment, the assessment roll lists the type of property, property size and any exemptions currently being received by the owner.
Property Record Cards: There is an inventory card for all real property within each municipality. The data on the property cards include but is not limited to detailed information on the improvements located on the property, sales history, building permit numbers, and a sketch of the building(s) footprint.
Sales Data: Sales transfer records are recorded at the County level and at the local level through this office.
There are a variety of real property tax exemptions administered through this office, which you may or may not be eligible for. Below is a list of exemptions currently available. All exemptions are due by March 1st of each year. Click on exemption for qualifications.
- Alternative veterans’ exemption
- Cold War veterans’ exemption
- Clergymen exemption
- Senior citizen exemption
- Basic STAR exemption
- Enhanced STAR exemption
- Persons with disabilities and limited income exemption
- Agricultural exemption
- Non-profit organization exemption
- Volunteer firefighter and ambulance worker exemption
- Business Investment Exemption
Star Credit Program
All new STAR applicants beginning 3/2/2015 must register with New York State Department of Taxation and Finance by either calling (518)457-2036 or going online at https://www.tax.ny.gov/star/
The assessors conduct informal meetings throughout the year and are able to resolve most assessment questions. To learn more about the assessment process, please call or email one of the assessors.
If you are unable to come to a resolution with the assessor you may file a grievance. The grievance period each year begins May 1 through the third Tuesday in May. Next year’s grievance day will be May 16, 2017. Below please find the grievance application and instructions:
- Contesting Your Assessment in New York State
- Grievance Form
- Grievance Instructions
- Grievance Procedures
To ensure that our assessment records reflect the most current mailing address and to ensure that our tax bills are sent to the correct address, please notify this office of any mailing address change.