Assessor's Office Contact Info

  • Nancy Wyncoop Bower

  • Sole Assessor
  • phone icon (518) 239-8362
  • fax icon (518) 239-4140
  • email icon Email
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  • Office Hours
  • Tuesday: 9am-3pm
  • Or by Appointment
  • Maryellen Brooks

  • Clerk
  • phone icon (518) 239-8362
  • fax icon (518) 239-4140
  • email icon Email
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  • Office Hours
  • Tuesday: 9am-1pm
  • Wednesday: 9am-1pm
  • Thursday: 9am-1pm

The link to the 2021 Durham tentatvie roll is here:

pdf Durham 2021 Tentative Roll (3.36 MB)

Changes made by the Assessor to the above Roll can be found here:

pdf 2021 CHANGES TO PRINTER TENTATIVE ROLL 5 1 2021docx (2) (72 KB)  

 NOTICE OF COMPLETION OF TENTATIVE ASSESSMENT ROLL

 (Pursuant to Section 506 and 1526 of the Real Property Tax Law)

Notice is hereby given that as of May 1, 2021, the Assessor of the Town of Durham, County of Greene, has completed the Tentative Assessment Roll for the current year, and that a copy has been filed with the Durham Town Clerk’s Office. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the tentative assessment roll is available for viewing until Grievance Day online, on both the Town of Durham website (www.durhamny.com) and the Greene County website (www.greene.sdgnys.com). The assessor will be available by appointment only via phone or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns. (518-239-6122 x 2).

The Board of Assessment Review will meet on May 27, 2021 from  4pm until 8pm to hear and examine all complaints in relation to assessments on the application of any persons believing him/herself to be aggrieved. Grievances will be heard in person or remotely, by appointment only. All  complaints must include the Grievance form and written substantiation, and must be received via mail, fax or email before the end of Grievance Day. Mail: Town of Durham Board of Assessment Review, 7309 State Rt 81, East Durham, NY 12423, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., fax 518-239-4140. Application and instructions for filing a complaint are available from your assessor (call and we will mail you a form), or online at tax.ny.gov. The public will be able to attend remotely, instructions to do so will be posted on the Town of Durham website.

 Dated this 1st day of May, 2021. Nancy Wyncoop Bower, Sole Assessor

The Town Board approved posting the attached outline from the assessor's office on the revaluation project.  

pdf Revaluation Outline (70 KB)

New York State has changed how property owners register for the STAR (School Tax Relief).  

www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/star/register-for-star.pdf

You no longer register with your local Assessor's office you now register with New York State at this link:

www.tax.ny.gov/star/

 

 

The Board of Assessment is appointed by the Town Board, trained and certified through the Office of Real Property.

Generally the Town of Durham "Grievance Day" to meet with the Board of Assessment Review is the 1st Thursday after the 4th Tuesday in May.  The form for challenging your assessment can be obtained at any Assessor's office, the Greene County Real Property Tax Services Office or online at www.orps.state.ny.us.  You may also contact or visit the Town of Durham Assessor's Office for the booklet "A Taxpayer's Guide: How to File for a Review of Your Assessment" and for assistance in completing the form and putting together your challenge.  Once Grievance Day has passed for a particular year, there are no other legal opportunities for changing an assessment and it becomes final for that year.

The Board of Assessment Review will review all applications received on or before Grievance Day and send out their determinations by July 1st.

Chairman

  • Roger Vaughn

Members

  • Richard Frasco
  • Mary Lou Nahas
  • Michael Allan
  • Brian Goff

 

Assessor FAQ's

The state determined level we assess property at is called the equalization rate.  Assessments are based on current market value as of the last town-wide evaluation.  Durham's latest revaluation was in 2003; therefore we use 100% of 2003 values for our assessments.   As the market value changes, so does the level at which we assess property.  100% of 2003 value is 68.00% of 2012 value.  New York State determines the level of our assessments by comparing sales prices to assessed values.  This is required by law so that the split of school and county budgets results in a fair division.  These budgets are split according to the value of the property within them.

Any homeowner who is a primary resident of Durham is entitled to a STAR exemption which is applied to school taxes only.  Other exemptions may be applied to County and/or Town taxes. 

The deadline for filing exemption forms is March 1st.

The taxable status date occurs each year on March 1st.  Your property is assessed for the year to come as it was on that date.  Any changes made after March 1 will be captured in the assessment for the next March 1st.  If your home or an improvement to your home is only partially complete as of March 1st, the assessment should reflect the property's market value as of that date.  The completion of your home or improvement will be included in the next assessment role.  If your home is assessed at a percentage of full value, the percentage should be listed on the Change of Assessment Notice you will receive in early May.  Questions about the calculation of the percentage of completion can be answered by the Assessor.

Assessment challenges or residential reviews can be discussed with the Assessor throughout the month of May. If after an informal meeting, an agreement cannot be reached with the Assessor, you may file a formal review with the Board of Assessment Review.

Generally the Town of Durham "Grievance Day" to meet with the Board of Assessment Review is the 1st Thursday after the 4th Tuesday in May.  The form for challenging your assessment can be obtained at any Assessor's office, the Greene County Real Property Tax Services Office or online at www.orps.state.ny.us.  You may also contact or visit the Town of Durham Assessor's Office for the booklet "A Taxpayer's Guide: How to File for a Review of Your Assessment" and for assistance in completing the form and putting together your challenge.  Once Grievance Day has passed for a particular year, there are no other legal opportunities for changing an assessment and it become final for that year.