The Town of Washington Assessor's Office
is responsible for maintaining the assessment roll for both the Town
of Washington and the Village
Fax (845) 677-2085
Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and by appointment. Closed the 1st Monday
of the month for the Dutchess County Assessor’s Association
The Town of Washington Assessor’s Office provides for fair and equitable
tax assessment for all town property owners.
Dutchess County Tax Rolls Website
The assessor’s office processes’ exemptions which must be filed by March 1st. Additional information and application forms can be obtained at www.orps.state.ny.us.
The Town of Washington Assessor’s Office
- School TaxRelief (STAR) which is available to every homeowner for their primary residence and with an income less of less than $500,000 annually.
- Enhanced STAR is for senior citizens that meet age and income requirements.
- Senior citizen exemptions based on income.
- Veterans exemptions based on service during wartime.
- Disability exemptions based on income.
- Agricultural exemptions must be filed annually
- Not for Profit exemptions must be filed annually.
is responsible for maintaining the assessment roll for both the Town of Washington and the Village of Millbrook
. The assessment roll establishes the base value from which property taxes are levied. New York State law requires the assessor to maintain assessments at a uniform percentage of market value each year. Paramount to the successful completion of the assessment roll is the careful maintenance of property record cards. Each parcel within the Town of Washington has an individual property record card noting ownership, inventory, and a sketch of structures.
The town conducted a property revaluation in 2005-2006 and currently assesses at 100% market value. Participation in a five year assessment program is
required by the State of New York in order to maintain full market
value status. It is necessary to review 20%, or approximately 500
parcels, annually to ensure the validity of property values. These
reviews are conducted by site visits and the analysis of property
inventory. Additionally, the assessor along with representatives from
the New York State Office of Real Property Services, reviews sales
trends and may determine that all property values need a percentage
adjustment in order to accurately reflect true market value. Market
value is the primary consideration for establishing assessed value,
but an inter-comparison between the assessments of similar properties
is also of significant importance.
office also works in conjunction with the building departments of the
Town of Washington and the Village of Millbrook to carefully monitor
new construction as well as property enhancements and changes.
Building permits and plans are submitted to the assessor and property
record cards are updated after site visits called “road
reviews” are performed each fall. Changes made to properties in
the previous year may affect the properties assessed value.
It is vital that
property owners periodically review the inventory attributed to their
properties to ensure accuracy. It is the responsibility of the
individuals to monitor their assessments especially after the
tentative roll is filed. The assessor is available for consultations
regarding individual parcels and can provide information regarding
assessments. However, the assessor does not set tax rates and cannot
provide information regarding the policies of the individual taxing
bodies which include local school districts, Dutchess County, the
Town of Washington and special districts and the Village of Millbrook
and special districts.
If a property owner
is not satisfied with their assessment they may file a grievance with
the Board of Assessment Review (BAR). Grievance Day is held on the
4th Thursday in May each year. The BAR is a body of citizens who live
in the town. Their purpose is to listen to the grievances of property
owners and possibly make changes to the assessments. The burden is on
the property owner to prove that the filed property assessment is
excessive, unequal, or unlawful. If individuals are not satisfied
with the determination of the BAR, they can elect to appeal to Small
Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) or initiate an Article 7 certiorari
proceeding in State Supreme Court.
4th Tuesday in May
and GIS mapping services are available at www.co.dutchess.ny.us
(The assessor does not validate the accuracy of this