Town Assessor

Mission Statement

The Assessor’s Office of the Town of Big Flats is responsible for the valuation of all of the property within the town. These values are converted into estimates of property value, assessments, that are used in the computation of real property tax bills. This office is charged with maintaining property record files on 3,600 individual parcels as well as preparing assessment and property tax levy rolls for the town, Chemung County, and four school districts (HorseheadsCorning City SchoolsElmira Heights, and Elmira City Schools). This office also administers a wide program of property tax exemptions for the benefit of town residents and business owners.

It is the goal of the Assessor’s Office to maintain the highest standards of assessment practice and to provide the town’s property owners with accurate and fair assessments. Property record collection standards are being upgraded to Uniform Standards for Professional Practice (USPAP) requirements. In so doing, much of the mystery and confusion surrounding assessments and their associated taxes should be diminished. Assessment practice should be transparent and this office will do everything possible to educate and assist our property-owning public. If you have any questions, please consult the links below or call our office.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Melanie E. VanNoy Assessor (607) 739-0873 ext 16
Rebecca Smith Assessor's Aide (607) 739-0873

Board of Assessment Review Members

Name Title
Mary Lee Fairbrother Chairperson 2021
Arthur Thompson Member 2022
Carl Doyle Member 2022
Donna Wren Member 2019
James Houck Member 2018