Real Property Services - Assessor's Office

Contact Us

Clerk:  Jessica Scriver
Office phone:  (518) 523-1975
Office fax:  (518) 523-9821


Todd W. Anthony, Appointed Assessor, term expires September 30, 2019

Office phone:  (518) 523-1975
Office fax:  (518) 523-9821

Mailing Address

Town of North Elba
2693 Main Street, Suite 306
Lake Placid, NY 12946

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Special Notices


The Town of North Elba seeks a contractor to data collect and value the commercial parcels (and parcels valued as if commercial) for the 2017 reassessment.  Qualified contractors are encouraged to respond to this Request for Proposal, which can be downloaded here.

Inventory Collection

In preparation of the total reassessment of the 2017 Assessment Roll there will be data collectors visiting properties within the Village of Saranac Lake, Village of Lake Placid and the areas outside of the Villages.

Any questions or concerns feel free to call the assessor at 523-1975.


General Information

The 2016 Tentative Roll will be available May 1, 2016

The Tax Rolls may be viewed online at:

PHONE: 518-523-1975
FAX: 518-523-9821


 NYS Department of Taxation and Finance

Property Tax Forms

Property Tax Publications - Handouts for property owners

Property Tax and Assessment Administration - In General


Essex County Real Property Tax Services

View assement rolls at the Essex County website:

Who is the Assessor?

The assessor is a local government official who estimates the value of real property within a city, town, or village's boundaries. This value is converted into an assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills.  The assessor's primary responsibilities are to:

  1. Discover, list and place a value on all real property
  2. Establish market value
  3. Assess according to condition and ownership on taxable status date
  4. Determine exemption eligibility

What Does an Assessor Do?

The assessor is obligated by New York State law to maintain assessments at a uniform percentage of market value each year. The assessor signs an oath to this effect when certifying the tentative assessment roll -- the document containing each property assessment. The physical description (or inventory) and value estimate of every parcel is required to be kept current. In order to maintain a uniform roll, each year your assessor will need to analyze all of the properties in the municipality to determine which assessments need to be changed.

Where assessments need to be changed, in some cases, your assessor will be able to increase or decrease the assessments of a neighborhood or group of properties by applying real estate market trends to those properties. This is possible only when the assessments to be changed are at a uniform level other than the municipality's stated level of assessment. In other cases, the assessor will need to conduct physical reinspections for reappraisals of properties. Every assessing unit should be keeping all assessments at a fair and uniform level every year.

The assessment roll shows assessments and appropriate exemptions. Every year the roll, with preliminary or tentative assessments, is made available for public inspection. After the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) has acted on assessment complaints and ordered any changes, the tentative assessment roll is made final.

Key Dates that affect the assessment process are

Valuation Date: July 1st of previous year  
Taxable Status Date: March 1st
Exemption Deadline: March 1st  
Informal Hearings: April
Tentative Roll Filed:    May 1st  
Grievance Day:           4th Tuesday in May             
Final Roll Filed: July 1st  

 Assessment Complaint Form

 Assessment Complaint Form Instructions