Tax Bill Information
Look Up Your Tax Bill online
Taxpayers (outside of the Town of Brunswick) are now able to access their tax bill online for the current year. For properties within the Town of Brunswick please contact Jayne Tarbox 518-279-3461 ext 110 for a copy of the tax bill.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I get my school tax bill?
Bills will be mailed out the end of August. If you don’t receive your tax bill by Sept. 3, you can print a copy of your tax bill online (outside the Town of Brunswick) or by contacting, Jane Tarbox, Receiver of School Taxes – Town of Brunswick, (518) 279-3461 ext 110 or Catrina Schumaker, Receiver of School Taxes – All other towns, 518-279-4600 ext. 2604. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When are my school taxes due?
Your school taxes are due September 30, 2021. Payments postmarked after September 30, 2021 must pay a 2% penalty, and must be postmarked by October 29, 2021. After this date all taxes must be paid (with an additional penalty) directly to Rensselaer County (518) 270-2780.
What should I do if I find an error or missing exemption on my tax bill?
For errors related to your property assessment or exemption amount, please contact your local assessor:
- Town of Brunswick, (518) 279-3461 ext. 106
- Town of Poestenkill, (518) 283-5100
- Town of Grafton, (518) 279-3565
- Town of Pittstown, (518) 753-4222
- Town of Schaghticoke, (518) 753-6915 ext. 103
My tax bills will no longer be paid by escrow through my mortgage company. What do I do?
Usually, the escrow companies will let us know. You can also send an e-mail or letter to the district with your address, SBL and a signature.
What is the STAR exemption?
STAR is New York State’s School Tax Relief Program that provides a partial property tax exemption from school taxes to eligible homeowners. Most New Yorkers who own and live in their homes are eligible for the STAR exemption on their primary residence.
There are two parts to the STAR property tax exemption:
- The Basic STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the homeowners’ income is under $500,000. Basic STAR works by exempting a portion of the full value of a home from school taxes.
- The Enhanced STAR exemption is available for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older) with yearly household incomes not exceeding a statewide standard. For qualifying senior citizens, the Enhanced STAR program provides additional savings by exempting a greater portion of full value from school taxes.
How do I register for the STAR Exemption?
You can register online or call the STAR program directly at (518) 457-2036.
Paying School Taxes
Mail-In Payments (Outside the Town of Brunswick): A check can be mailed with your tax stub to: Brunswick CSD, PO BOX 69, Buffalo, NY 14240. If a receipt is required, place an X in the box on your tax stub. The US Postmark determines if the payment is timely. Include appropriate penalty if paying on or after September 30. For properties within the Town of Brunswick please mail payment made payable to Town of Brunswick to 336 Town Office Road, Troy, NY 12180 and contact Jayne Tarbox 518-279-3461 ext 110 for a copy of your tax bill.
Who determines the assessed value of my property?
Each city/town has an assessor who is responsible for determining the assessed values for properties within that town. Questions regarding town equalization rates and individual property assessments should be addressed directly to your city/town assessor.
What is Full Value?
The full value (also called market value) is what your property would sell for under normal conditions. For residential properties, your assessor generally determines market values by comparing your property with similar properties that have sold in similar neighborhoods, giving consideration to other factors possibly affecting market value.
What is Assessed Value?
The assessed value is the assessor’s opinion of your parcel’s current market value (full value) multiplied by the uniform percentage of value used in your town. Assessed values are used along with the tax rate to compute the tax due for a particular property, before exemptions.
What is an Equalization Rate?
Equalization rates are determined by the State and represent the overall ratio of a municipality’s total assessed value to the municipality’s total property market value. Equalization rates are used in apportioning property taxes among municipal segments of school districts. In order for a school district to fairly distribute its property tax levy, the levy needs to be divided in proportion to the total market value of each municipality or municipal segment. This allows for an equitable distribution of taxes based upon the market value of each municipality.