Clerk: Margaret Marchuk
Office phone: (518) 523-1975
Office fax: (518) 523-9821
Board of Assessors
Arthur W. Jubin, Chairman, Senior Commericial Appraiser; term expires 12/31/2015
James Bishop, Residential Specialist; term expires 12/31/2015
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
In preparation of the total reval of the 2015 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 Village.
Any questions or concerns feel free to call the assessors at 523-1975!
"Preliminary Notices of Assessment Increase or Decrease" will be mailed the first of April.
Informal hearings with assessors occur in April. In April please call for an appointment at 518-523-1975
The 2014 Tentative Roll will be available May 1, 2014
The 2013 Final Roll may be viewed online at:
FOR INFORMATION, FORMS, AND APPOINTMENTS CONTACT THE ASSESSORS OFFICE
Flyers for your information
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:
- Discover, list and place a value on all real property
- Establish market value
- Assess according to condition and ownership on taxable status date
- 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|
|Tentative Roll Filed:||May 1st|
|Grievance Day:||4th Tuesday in May|
|Final Roll Filed:||July 1st|