The assessor is obligated by New York State law to maintain assessments at a uniform percentage of market value each year. In order to maintain a uniform roll, each year the assessor will need to analyze all of the properties in the municipality to determine which assessments need to be changed.
Where assessments need to be changed, in some cases, your assessor will be able to increase or decrease the assessments of a neighborhood or group of properties by applying real estate market trends to those properties.
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.
The clerks are trained to do specialized clerical work involving maintenance of real property assessment and/or tax records and other documents related to the assessment of real property.
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