Tax assessment statements mailed

TICONDEROGA - The Essex County Real Property Tax Service has announced that beginning in March, taxpayers of Essex County will receive statement indicating the results of the inventory and assessment review, which was begun last year by local assessors.

The statement will contain updated real property assessment information. It might also include a comparison of the latest town taxes for each property with a projection of what those taxes would have been as a result of the assessment review.

The Essex County Real Property Tax Service cautioned, however, that the statements are not to be confused with actual tax bills for the coming year. Property taxes for the 2009 town tax levies may differ significantly from the projected tax figures. For example, tax levy increases would result in higher tax rates and higher property taxes.

Taxpayers who feel that the updated assessment for their property is incorrect or have questions concerning the notice will be able to contact their local assessors according to the instructions included in the statement.

Taxpayers who still feel their property assessments are incorrect after the tentative assessment roll is filed on May 1 can file a complaint on Grievance Day, which in most towns is the fourth Tuesday in May.

Information on how to file an assessment complaint is available on-line or at local assessor offices, as well as the Essex County Real Property Tax Service Office in Elizabethtown.

The assessment review for Essex County is part of the Annual Assessment Review Program. The assessors are assisted and supported in this program by the Real Property Tax Service.

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