Assessment Update Informational Sessions
The Town of Cheektowaga Assessor’s Office held several informational workshops regarding the 2021 Assessment Update. Each session discussed property valuation, the Grievance process, the benefits of conducting regular reassessments and resources available for taxpayers. Below is a recording of one session as well as the PowerPoint presentation.
The Assessment Office is governed by New York State Real Property Tax Law, the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance as well as by laws adopted at the local level. The Town of Cheektowaga Assessment Office is responsible for creating fair and equitable assessments in addition to administering tax exemptions of real property. For more information click here.
What is an assessment?
Your property’s assessment is one of the factors used by your local governments and school districts to determine the amount of your property taxes. All real property, commonly known as real estate, is assessed. Real property is defined as land and any permanent structures attached to it. A property’s assessment is based on its market value. Market value is how much a property would sell for under normal conditions.
Uniform Percent & Market Value
All properties are required to be assessed at a uniform percentage of market value each year. In other words, all taxable properties must be assessed at market value or at the same percentage of market value. When assessing property at 100 percent of market value, your assessment should equal roughly the price for which you could sell your property. When assessing at a percentage of market value, the estimated market value of each property is listed on the tentative and final assessment rolls. New York State’s measure of a municipality’s level of assessment is called an equalization rate.
The current level of assessment in the Town of Cheektowaga is 83%
Why are property assessments important?
Property assessments are necessary to equitably distribute the tax burden among all property owners based upon the market value of their property. Properties are appraised so that some of the costs associated with providing services such as public education, fire/police protections, senior services, youth & recreation, roads & utilities can be allocated to property owners in proportion to the market value of their individual properties. We encourage an understanding of property taxes and assessments.
Town of Cheektowaga Tax Cycle
|January – February||County/Town tax bills are due|
|March 1st||Taxable Status and Valuation Day (last day to apply for exemptions)|
|March – April||Informal Assessment Reviews & Assessment Information Sessions|
|May 1||Tentative Assessment Roll Filed|
|May 26, 2021||Board of Assessment Review meets on Grievance Day|
|June – July||Village tax bills are due|
|July 1||Final Assessment Roll Filed|
|July 1st – July 30th||Small Claims Assessment Reviews Filed|
|September – October||School tax bills are due|
Disclaimer (Please Read)
The Cheektowaga Assessment Department has compiled assessment data and images for the sole purposes of assessing property value for taxing purposes; it is not intended for use by others or for any other purpose except for public service. The Cheektowaga Assessors Office does not accept any responsibility, financial or otherwise, from any use of this material, including loss of profit, indirect, special or consequential damages. There are no warranties expressed or implied. The Town of Cheektowaga accepts no liability for the content of this assessment research tool, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of information obtained through this research tool, unless that information is subsequently confirmed in writing by the Town of Cheektowaga Assessors Department. This site contains real property data, residential and commercial parcel photographs and comparative values for use in the process of assessment review only. The Town of Cheektowaga Assessors Department assessment information is updated periodically on this site. Information will be updated as new releases are developed. For the most recent and accurate assessment information contact the Assessment Department at 716-686-3440.