Christian Harkins, Assessor - Email
Please visit "ORPS" NYS Office of Real Property Services for all available forms and detailed information about assessments
The Assessor's responsibility is to prepare and maintain a fair and equitable assessment roll. This roll is used to produce all property tax bills and school tax bills. Some of the responsibilities of the assessor are as follows:
- Determine property use and ownership
- Collect and maintain physical inventories for each parcel
- Maintain property record cards
- Make sure properties are located in correct special districts
- Collect new construction and demolition
- Maintain sales file and sale reporting system
- Determine assessments. Defend or explain assessments
- An assessor does not set tax rates
- An assessor does not make values. The buyers and sellers make the values. The assessor extracts the values from the market.
The assessors' office maintains the assessment roll, which is the document that contains every property's assessment located within the Town of Fishkill. The physical description (inventory) and the value estimate (assessment) of every parcel of real property in Fishkill are located in the assessor's office.
The assessors' office has continually practiced an open door policy with all Town of Fishkill residents. the assessment roll and property inventory cards are available for public inspection during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, between Taxable Status Day, March 1, and the filing of the Tentative Assessment Roll, May 1, an appointment will be necessary to insure that al information is available for public inspection.
It is up to the individual property owner to monitor their own assessments. Town of Fishkill property owners who feel that they re not being fairly assessed should arrange to meet with the assessor before the tentative assessment roll is established. In an informal setting, the assessor can explain how the assessment
Informal meetings with the Town of Fishkill Assessor to resolve assessment questions about the next assessment roll can take place throughout the year. If, after speaking with your Assessor, you still feel that you are unfairly assessed, ask for the booklet, "How to file a Complaint on Your Assessment." It describes how to prepare and file a complaint with the Town of Fishkill Board of Assessment Review for an assessment reduction. The Board of Assessment Review meets once a year on the 4th Tuesday in May to hear all assessment complaints.
All assessors are interested fairly assessing property in their unit. If you feel that your assessment is correct and your tax bill still seems too high, the assessor cannot change that. Questions to the assessor must be about how property is assessed.
SENIOR CITIZEN PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION: Homeowners 65 years of age before December 31 of that year and with a combined yearly income of less that $28,000. RENEW YEARLY.
VETERAN'S EXEMPTION: A veteran or un-remarried spouse of a veteran who served on active duty during one of the specified periods of war. There is a veteran's disability exemption as well, if qualified. A COPY OF YOUR DD-214 IS REQUIRED. ONE TIME APPLICATION.
ENHANCED STAR EXEMPTION: For any citizen (65 years old before December 31 of that year) who owns and lives in a home and whose adjusted gross income is less than 66,050 per year (excluding any IRA distributions). This exemption applies to school taxes only. COPY OF YOUR MOST CURRENT FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN IS REQUIRED. MUST BE RENEWED EACH YEAR.
BASIC STAR EXEMPTION: For ANYONE who owns and lives in a home. There is no age or income requirement. This exemption is only on school taxes. PROOF OF RESIDENCY IS REQUIRED. ONE TIME APPLICATION.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND LIMITED INCOMES: This exemption is for applicants that have a physical or mental impairment which limits that person's ability to engage in one or more major life activities. The applicant must submit proof of disability. The property must be owned by the person with the disability and he/she must reside there. The combined income of ALL owners must be less than $28,900. A resident cannot receive both the disability and senior exemption. To date the exemption was only adopted by the Wappingers Central School District. A COPY OF MOST CURRENT FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN IS REQUIRED.