Town Assessors

OUR MISSION


The Town of Marilla Assessors Office is responsible for creating fair and equitable assessments yearly. We administer real property tax exemptions as provided by the New York State Real Property Tax Law and locally adopted laws. We continually educate the general public about Real Property Assessment Administration.


LOCATION

Marilla Town Hall
1740 Two Rod Road
Marilla, New York 14102-9726

Open to the Public:
EXEMPTIONS ACCEPTED in our Office until March 1st

OFFICE HOURS

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 9am-3pm  and  6pm-8pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 9am-3pm
Friday: 9am-2pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED (or by appointment)


OUR TEAM

Kandace Wittmeyer

Town Assessor

Phone: (716) 652-5497 Ext. 405
Fax: (716) 652-2541

Bonnie Waterman

Assessor Clerk

Phone: (716) 652-5497 Ext. 406
Fax: (716) 652-2541

How the Property Tax System Works

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Assessment Calendar

Towns in Erie County, New York

  • Taxable Status Date: March 1st
  • Valuation Date: July 1st of the Prior Year
  • Filing of The Tentative Assessment Roll: May 1st
  • Grievance Day (Board Of Assessment Review): 4th Tuesday in May
  • Filing of the Final Assessment Roll: July 1st

Important Information: Small Claims and Tax Certiorari filing (Article VII) are due 30 days from filing of the Final Assessment Roll

DUTIES OF THE ASSESSOR


The assessor is the official who estimates the value of real property within the town’s boundaries. This value is converted into an assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills.

The assessor maintains the assessment roll—the document that contains every property’s assessment. To do this, the physical description, or inventory and value estimate of every parcel of real estate in the municipality is kept up-to-date. The property inventory is available for inspection by appointment before the filing of the tentative assessment roll.

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 roll is made final.

What Kind of Property is Assessed?

All real property, commonly known as real estate, is assessed. Real property is defined as land and any permanent structures attached to it. Some examples of real property are houses, gas stations, office buildings, vacant land, shopping centers, apartment buildings, and restaurants.

How is Real Property Assessed?

Before assessing any parcel of property, the assessor estimates its market value. Market value is how much a property would sell for in an open market, under normal conditions. To estimate market values, the assessor must be familiar with all aspects of the local real estate market.
A property’s value can be estimated in three different ways:

  1. Market approach: The property is compared to others similar to it that have sold recently, using only sales where the buyer and seller both acted without undue pressure.
  2. Cost approach: Calculate what the property would cost, using today’s labor and material prices, to replace the structure with a similar one. This method is used to value special purposes and utility properties.
  3. Income approach: Analyze how much income a property (e.g., an apartment building, a store, or factory) will produce if rented. Operating expenses, insurance, maintenance costs, financing terms, and how much money owners expect to make on this type of property are considered.

Once the assessor estimates the market value of a property, its assessment is calculated. New York State law provides that all property within a municipality be assessed at a uniform percentage of market value. Everyone pays his or her fair share of taxes as long as every property in a locality is assessed at the same percentage of value.

Who Do I Contact With My Questions?

The assessor is continually communicating with the public, answering questions, and dealing with concerns raised by taxpayers. Anyone can examine the assessment roll and property records at any time.

It is up to individual property owners to monitor their own assessments. Taxpayers who feel they are not being assessed fairly should meet with the assessor before the tentative assessment roll is established. In an informal setting, the assessor can explain how the assessment was determined and the rationale behind it.

Assessors are interested only in fairly assessing property in their assessing unit. If your assessment is correct and your tax bill still seems too high, the assessor cannot change that. Complaints to the assessor must be about how property is assessed.

Informal meetings with assessors, to resolve assessment questions about the next assessment roll, can take place throughout the year. After speaking to your assessor, if you still feel you are unfairly assessed, ask for the booklet: How to File a Complaint on Your Assessment. It describes how to prepare and file a complaint with the Board of Assessment Review for an assessment reduction and indicates the time of year it can be done. To learn more about the assessment process, please call the assessor at 716-652-5497 or send a fax to 716-652-2541.

The NYS Assessors Associations publishes a pamphlet titled, Understanding Assessments and Property Taxes, which is also available in the assessors office.

For additional information, please refer to www.tax.ny.gov