Responsibilities of the Office
My staff and I welcome you. Our office is available to assist you in any way possible with the assessment policies and procedures governed by the New York State Real Property Tax Law.
Our department is responsible for determining and maintaining assessments, property inventory records, and identifying ownership interest on approximately 43,000 parcels. The office annually processes over 3,000 deeds or property transfers. This process involves reviewing deeds, adjusting parcel sizes, and transferring ownership interest on our records. Our staff provides this information to taxpayers, appraisers, bankers, realtors, attorneys, and others. We also administer various real property tax exemptions available to eligible property owners.
Our appraisal staff reviews and evaluates all building permits for either inventory or assessment changes. This process also requires our appraisal staff to produce a supportable and defensible estimate of value from each permit. This value then becomes the new assessment. Homeowners receive notification of any change in assessment by the issuance of assessment certificates in connection with the certificates of occupancy issued by the Building Department.
We pride ourselves on providing friendly service for each and every individual.
- New York State Property Tax Freeze Credit Fact Sheet (PDF)
- 2017 Town of Smithtown Real Property Tax Cap Information (PDF)
News from The Assessor’s Office
Due to recent changes in the STAR program resulting from passage of the 2016 State Budget by the State Assembly and State Senate, New York is restructuring the STAR program for new applicants. This does not impact renewals or those who have had the exemption prior to 2015.
You are now required to register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to receive a check in the amount of what would have been the STAR savings on your school tax bill.
To be eligible to receive a check you must register by either: