Duties & Responsibilities
The primary responsibility of an Assessor is to annually establish new assessments, to adjust existing assessments where necessary and to review and defend challenged assessments. Duties of an Assessor also include researching and maintaining essential statistics on all Village property; updating and inputting parcel and building inventory data, updating the digital photo database, recording all deed transfers, performing market studies and research, as well as responding to taxpayer inquiries.
It is important to note that Assessment administration is governed by NYS Real Property Tax Law, as well as case law, and for almost all property, this function is performed on the local level. Support is provided by the Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS), the State oversight agency that facilitates the administration of assessments and real property services for state purposes.
Property value comprises the underlying land and improvements situated hereon, if any, value also includes property rights and interests attached and inherent thereto, as reflected in a particular location, land area, building area, quality of improvement construction, building age, ownership and amenities afforded, among others features, factors and conditions. A property's assessed value in theory shall reflect its equivalent market value for tax purposes only, since the New York State system of taxation is "ad valorem ("at, or according to value.")
Co-Terminus Town/Village Boundaries
There is only one school district serving residents of the Town/Village of Scarsdale, known as the Scarsdale Union Free School District, aka Scarsdale Central Schools; however, at the time of its inception and for unknown reasons, its boundary lines were drawn just outside of the jurisdictional boundary lines of the Town/Village.
There are several Scarsdale parcels that are bisected parcels along our respective borders with other municipalities. As a result, there are a few White Plains, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, and Eastchester resident students attending Scarsdale schools, notwithstanding those students actually live outside of Scarsdale proper (not referring to tuition students.) This is a school district matter and all questions should be addressed the Scarsdale Schools Business Official at 914-721-2423.
Requests For Documents
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- 2016 Bedroom Definition (PDF)
- 2016 Property Reassessment Commencement (PDF)
- 2016 Revaluation Presentation (PDF)
- 2016 Star Flyer Announcing New Changes to the 2016 Star Exemption (PDF)
- Assessment Grievance Form (PDF)
- Assessment Grievance Instructions (PDF)
- Contesting Your Property in New York State (PDF)
- RP-467 Senior Exemption Form (PDF)
- Scarsdale Grade Condition Description (PDF)
- Taxpayer Information Sheet (PDF)