Tompkins County Property Tax Assessment Grievance
For property owners who think their appraisal is wrong, the Tompkins County Department of Assessment (http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/assessment)
has scheduled walk-in grievance hearings throughout May
May 15, 2017
Enfield Town Hall,
168 Enfield Main Road, 3 to 6 p.m.
- Grievance tips It’s good to bring proof of a bank appraisal or pictures of the house into the hearings, but arguments about too-high property taxes or complaining about a large jump in the assessment won’t win a grievance, Jay Franklin, Tompkins County Asessement, added. “If that inventory is incorrect, then the assessment is probably incorrect as well,” Franklin said. “Obviously, if the foundation is cracking or there is a water leak, that’s something we might not know about,” Franklin said.
- Another important part of assessment is the property’s condition, according to Franklin. Property owners aren’t required to allow tax assessors into the home, and without that, the county has to make assumptions about a home’s condition.
- Double-checking the county’s inventory of a home’s bathrooms, bedrooms and square footage is a good starting point for the grievance, he said.
- To win a grievance, residents need to show that a tax assessment in wrong.