The Town of Albion Assessor is a local government official who estimates the value of real property within the Town’s boundaries. All real property, commonly known as real estate, is assessed. The assessor is obligated by New York State Law to maintain assessments at a uniform percentage of market value. The assessor signs an oath to this effect when certifying the tentative assessment roll (the document containing each property assessment).
The Assessor performs many other administrative functions, such as inspecting new construction and major improvements to existing structures. This ensures that the record of each property’s physical inventory is current and that the appropriate improvements are assessed. The Assessor also approves and keeps track of all property tax exemptions. Among the most common are the senior citizen, School Tax Relief (STAR), veterans, agricultural and business exemptions.
The assessor is continually communicating with the public, answering questions and dealing with concerns of taxpayers. It is up the to individual property owners to monitor their own assessments. Taxpayers who feel they are not being fairly assessed are encouraged to meet with the Assessor before the tentative roll is established. In an informal setting, the Assessor can explain how the assessment was determined