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Before pursuing a review of your assessment, you should first determine if you are assessed fairly. Review the assessor’s estimate of the market value of your property. Develop an estimate of the market value of your property. You can learn how to estimate the value of your home or contact an appraiser or other real estate professional. You can also find comparable sales using the view property information link on the Assessor’s website. If the assessor’s estimate of the market value of your property reflects roughly the amount for which you could sell your property, then your assessment if fair.

If you are assessed fairly, but you feel that your taxes are too high

Assessors do not determine your property taxes. If you feel as though your assessment accurately reflects the market value of your property, but you still feel that your property taxes are too high, you may wish to address this matter with the taxing jurisdictions that impose taxes in your community – school board, county legislature, city council, town board, fire district and other special districts. The Assessor can explain how property taxes are calculated, including what property tax exemptions are offered in the Town of Cheektowaga.

If your assessment is to high

There are a few options available to anyone who wishes to challenge their assessment. All of the options require you to submit information to support your claim to a lower assessment. So, it is important that you do the work of determining your market value prior to contacting the Assessor’s Office. The challenge you will pursue is determined by the time of year. New York State set the property tax cycle the Assessor’s Office is required to follow.

Informal Review

An Informal Review is held from March through April. This opportunity to contest your assessment is offered during years when any mass appraisal is complete. If you are unsure whether or not you should pursue an Informal Review, contact the Assessor’s Office. There are two ways to file for an informal review.

The first is to request a hearing. Each year these are offered, you will call a number to schedule the hearing. Hearings can be held in person, over the phone or remotely. At the hearing you will have a conversation with a representative from our office or an appraiser regarding your assessment. At the hearing you will provide the information you’ve collected that supports your claim to a reduction in assessed value along with the completed application. The person you meet with will make a recommendation to the Assessor. These recommendations will not be made at the hearing.

The second option is a non-hearing. This option requires you submit a completed application along with your supporting information prior to a deadline. A review of the your information along with the information used to establish your assessment is looked at. A recommendation is made to the Assessor.

With both a hearing and non-hearing a decision is made and all decision notices are mailed in the beginning of May. This is due to a deadline set by New York State to file the Tentative Roll at the beginning of May.

Grievance Day

Grievance Day in Cheektowaga is held on the fourth Wednesday, after the fourth Tuesday, in May. Grievance Day is a day to hear challenges to the Tentative Assessment Roll, mandated by New York State. Grievance Day is held every year regardless of reassessment. There are two options for grievance day similar to the Informal Reviews. For the 2021 roll year, Grievance Day will be held on May 26, 2021.

The first is to request a hearing. Hearings can be scheduled by calling the Assessor’s Office after turning in a completed Grievance Day application (rp-524). Hearings can be held in person, over the phone or remotely. At the hearing you will have a conversation with the Board of Assessment Review regarding your assessment. At the hearing you will provide the information you’ve collected that supports your claim to a reduction in assessed value along with the completed application. The Board of Assessment Review can ask questions and request additional documentation from you. The Assessor can also give testimony at the hearing. No decisions are made at the hearing.

The second option is a non-hearing. This option requires you submit a completed application along with your supporting information from May 1 through Grievance Day. A review of the your information along with the information used to establish your assessment is looked at. The Board of Assessment Review is able to request additional documentation to make their determination.

With both a hearing and non-hearing a decision is made and all decision notices are mailed prior to July 1. This is due to a deadline set by New York State to file the Final Roll at the beginning of July.

Completing the grievance form

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