The 2017 Tentative Assessment Roll is now available for review online and at the Town Hall.
Past Assessment Rolls:
Older assessment rolls can be viewed by visiting the Rensselaer County website.
About the Assessor’s Office:
The Assessor’s Office is responsible for the fair and equitable assessing of all property located within the town and the administration of property tax exemptions. Our goal is to determine equitable and uniform values that reflect current real estate values and the economic environment within the Town of Sand Lake. To meet our goal the Town of Sand Lake adopted the Uniform Assessment Standards in 2011.
If you would like to learn how your property assessment is determined, you are encouraged to call and set up an appointment to meet with me.
On April 12th, 2017, the Town Board voted to pass a local law increasing the income ceilings for the Partial Tax Exemption for Real Property of Senior Citizens (RP-467) and the Partial Tax Exemption for Real Property of Persons with Disabilities and Limited Incomes (RP-459-c). Both exemptions use the same income schedule. If you have any questions about these new limits please contact the Assessor's office.
Annual Income in Dollars & Percentage of Assessed Value Exempt from Taxation
Assessor’s Office Staff and Hours:
And by appointment
What to do if you disagree with your assessment:
If you feel that your property’s assessment is too high, you have the right to a formal review of the assessment by the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) on Grievance Day. Grievance Day is the 4th Tuesday in May. Applications for grievance may be filed after May 1st; but no later than Grievance Day. Forms for Grievance are available at our office after May 1st or online.
We encourage all property owners that disagree with their assessments to call our office and make an appointment with the Assessor prior to filing a Grievance.
When grieving your assessment, you must develop your own estimate of the market value for your property. This can be done by comparing your property to recent sales and/or current assessments of similar (comparable) properties. The following suggested documents can help to show the Board of Assessment Review how you determined the proposed market value of your property:
Additional information about grieving your assessment can be found on the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website.
March 1st – Taxable Status Date
This is the date that is used when determining the condition and ownership of property. Additionally, ALL exemption applications must be received by the Assessor’s office by close of business or post-marked by the United States Post Office on or before March 1st.
*Please note that if March 1st falls on weekend, exemption applications must be received by the following Monday.
May 1st – Tentative Assessment Roll File Date
The tentative Assessment Roll is filed this day; all properties located within the town are listed on the roll and assigned their tentative assessed values. The roll includes ownership information, the tentative assessed value and exemption amounts. The roll is available at my office, online, and a copy is kept by the Town Clerk.
Additionally, this is the first day for property owners to file an Assessment Grievance.
The 4th Tuesday in May – Assessment Grievance Day – Board of Assessment Review
Assessment Grievance Day is held to allow property owners and/or their representatives an opportunity to make a presentation in support of their property assessment appeal.
For additional information regarding assessment grievance please see the What to do if you disagree with your assessment section
July 1st – Final Assessment Roll Filing Date
This is the date that final assessment roll is to be filed and made public. The final roll incorporates changes made resulting from grievances filed and corrections made.
To view past Assessment Rolls dating back to 2009:
Real Property Database:
The Real Property Database contains parcel-level information related to the assessment of real property. This information is the basis for the property taxes paid to local governments and school districts.
Property tax rates are based primarily on school district and municipal boundaries. Check the Property Details page of a property for school district information and then choose the appropriate combination from the Municipalities pull down menu to calculate an estimate of the total property taxes for the property, exclusive of exemptions. Note that in some cases, there may be special district taxes in addition to the categories listed here.