If you are a Veteran or surviving spouse of a Veteran with an honorable discharge you may be eligible for one of the following exemptions:
Alternative Veterans Exemption (form RP-458-a) available only on residential property of a veteran who has served during a designated time of war or received an expeditionary medal.
Cold War Exemption (form RP-458-b) available only on residential property of a veteran who served during the Cold War period.
You must apply by March 1, 2020 for the 2020-2021 Assessment Roll. Please call our office at 315-287-9792 or Sherry at 315-286-0298 and we will mail you the necessary application to complete and return with necessary documents. For more information you can reference the following link: https://veterans.ny.gov/content/property-tax-exemptions-veterans
STAR EXEMPTION INFORMATION:
If you are currently receiving the basic or enhanced star exemptions NYS Tax department will be doing the yearly qualification for these exemptions. If more information is needed you will receive an information request in the mail directly from the NYS Tax Department office. If you have questions or need assistance please feel free to call our office and we will try to help you all we can.
If you currently have the BASIC Star Exemption and at least one of the homeowners turns 65 before December 31, 2020 you can still apply for the Enhances Star Exemption with your local assessor. You will need to complete the required application and submit proof of age and income. Income limit for 2020-2021 Enhanced star exemption is $88,050 or less. If you qualify you would be able to continue to receive the exemption on your school tax bill. Please contact our office 315-287-9792 or call Sherry at 315-286-0298 if you believe you may qualify for this exemption. We will mail you the required application to complete and return to local assessor office. This will need to be done by March 1, 2020 for the 2020-2021 Assessment Roll.
NEW HOMEOWNERS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE BASIC OR ENHANCED STAR EXEMPTION. NEW HOMEOWNERS MUST APPLY FOR STAR CREDIT WITH NYS TAX DEPARTMENT. WITH THE STAR CREDIT YOU RECEIVE A CHECK FROM THE TAX DEPARTMENT TO APPLY TO YOUR SCHOOL TAXES.
You can apply for Star Credit by calling 518-457-2036 8:30am to 4:30pm or online 24 hours a day, & days a week at www.tax.ny.gov/star
Senior Exemption is eligible for seniors 65 or older upon age, ownership & income qualification. You must earn below $17,699 per year to qualify for this. If you believe you qualify please contact your local assessor at 315-287-9792 or call Sherry at 315-286-0298 and we will mail you the necessary application for this exemption.
Our office is currently working on updating property record cards for the Town of Fowler as mandated by NYS Office of Real Property. Data Collection is needed to value each parcel of property located within a specific assessing jurisdiction. It is very important that the data be recorded as accurately and consistently as possible as it will serve as the basis of all future appraisal activity in revaluation programs and ORPS market survey process.
Not only will this information provide the specific elements needed to value each parcel of property, it will also become a valuable record of information for future use by the assessor’s office. If the data collector comes to your property and no one is home a notice will be left so you know we were there. If you could please call the phone number left on the notice that would be greatly appreciated. We might be able to confirm any information needed over the phone and or can set up a time when it would be best to return to your property. This is a work in progress and your help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!
Assessment Review Board
There are three seats on the Board of Assessment Review. Currently, the Chairman is Donna Brown. Other members are Rich Weaver, and Candy Brown. George Erdman Jr. resigned in 2019 and the Town board appointed Rich Weaver to the vacant seat. The Board of Assessment Review holds Grievance Day on the fourth Tuesday of May from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Fowler Town Hall.
Residents who disagree with their assessment are urged to meet with the Town Assessors to discuss their assessments PRIOR to presenting their grievance to the Board of Assessment Review. To make arrangements to meet with an assessor at the Town Hall, please call the Assessors at the phone number listed or call the Town Clerk at (315) 287-0045.
If residents wish to grieve their assessments, they may do so at the date and time previously outlined. The Board will review grievances and then make a decision to either lower the property owner’s assessment or leave the assessment the same. Residents who have filed a grievance are notified of the outcome by U.S. Mail.