Complaints About Your Assessment

It is the official policy of the Assessor’s Office of the Town of Big Flats to review any written complaint about assessments. It is our goal to minimize the adversarial nature of filing a complaint on the value of real property.

Please remember, any complaint must be limited to the value of real property. Tax rates and tax bill totals are not determined by the Assessor’s Office. Complaints about the amount of taxes paid are not allowed to be considered under New York State Real Property Tax Law.

If you are considering filing an assessment complaint with the Assessor’s Office the following information should be provided: recent sales data, real estate listings for the subject or similar properties, recent appraisals or refinance documents, surveys, and/or closing statements. “Comparative Market Analysis Forms” or “opinions of value” from realtors do not meet federal appraisal standards and will not be considered. If the Assessor’s Office denies your review, or if you are not satisfied with the new assessment, New York State Real Property Tax Law provides the property owner with the opportunity to file a grievance with the town’s Board of Assessment Review.

Grievance Day in the Town of Big Flats is the fourth Wednesday in May. Forms and information are available at the Assessor’s Office or on the web.