School Tax Information

Tax bills for the 2017-2018 school year were mailed to residents on September 29, 2017. Residents have until October 31, 2017 to pay taxes with no penalty. Taxpayers utilizing installment payment plans described on the back of the tax bill will have 1% interest charges added to their bill, then 3% in December.

The last day the school district will be open to collect taxes will be Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: School tax bills have two separate taxes listed:

  • School Tax - The school tax total. Tax rates per thousand dollars of assessment vary by municipality this year (see below under School Tax Rate Information for specific rates per municipality).
  • Library Tax - The Wood Library tax total. An increase in the total Wood Library tax was approved by voters in May, 2017. The total Wood Library tax levy will be $648,000 in 2017-18, up from $630,000 last year.

The two separate taxes are combined into one total for payment, which is payable to: "School Tax Collector" . By law, the school district collects the Wood Library tax and passes it through to the Wood Library General Fund. The Wood Library tax is not an increase in the school tax levy.

If you have questions regarding your school tax bill, please contact the Tax Collector at 396-3738 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. weekdays.

All unpaid amounts are turned over for collection (not re-levy) to the Treasurer's office of either the City of Canandaigua (for City residents) or Ontario County (all other residents) after the last day of District collection each year. At that time, a 6% penalty is added, plus a 5% Treasurer's fee. Thereafter, another 1% interest fee will accrue each month starting February 1. You may call the appropriate Treasurer's office after January 15 each year for the correct amount due:

Ontario County Treasurer's Office: 396-4432

City of Canandaigua Treasurer's Office: 396-5015

School Tax Rate Information

Canandaigua's school tax rates vary by municipality in 2017-2018. Each rate is well below the projected rate of $19.50, a conservative estimate established in May, 2017, at the time of the school budget vote. Voters approved the District's $73.9 million budget in May by an overwhelming margin.

2017-2018 Tax Rates by Municipality:

  • $18.85 - City of Canandaigua
  • $19.24 - Town of Canandaigua
  • $18.85 - Town of Farmington
  • $19.04 - Town of Bristol
  • $19.04 - Town of East Bloomfield
  • $18.85 - Town of Gorham
  • $18.85 - Town of Hopewell
  • $18.85 - Town of South Bristol

The Towns of Canandaigua, East Bloomfield and Bristol are not assessed at 100% of market value for 2017-18. Therefore, New York State has applied equalization rates to those three municipalities, which raises the tax rates in those towns.

The school district plays no role in setting property assessments and the NYS Real Property Tax Office determines when and if equalization rates are necessary.

Assessment Growth in the District

Total assessment on properties located within the school district has climbed by about $51.4 million dollars for 2017-2018, an increase of 2.26%, slightly more than last year's increase. Total assessment in the district is now approximately $2.325 billion.

The Town of Canandaigua has the largest assessment total of all the municipalities in the school district at $1.27 billion, approximately 55%. The City of Canandaigua has $736 million in assessment, up 3.5% from last year, and totaling nearly 32% of the District's total assessment. Hopewell ($151 million) and Farmington ($137 million) are the next largest assessment totals, while the other four municipalities have very small totals.

School Tax Rates for 2017 - 2018

updated September 20, 2017

Municipality17-18 Tax Rate/ThousandAssessed Value% of Value16-17 Tax rate
Canandaigua - City$18.850788736,195,79931.6619.020361
Canandaigua - Town$19.2351741,274,531,10154.8219.020011
Farmington$18.850610137,475,2485.91319.020134
Bristol$19.04081220,906,7120.89919.019920
E. Bloomfield$19.040812123,6000.00519.019920
Gorham$18.8504041,369,3710.05919.019920
Hopewell$18.850404151,638,3056.52219.019920
S. Bristol$18.8504042,810,5000.12119.023937


2017-2018 Information - Canandaigua City School District

Total Taxable Parcels: 10,756 (increase of 120 from 2016-17)

Total STAR Households: 5,692
Regular STAR: 4,329
Enhanced STAR: 1,363


Star Tax

Important STAR (School Tax Relief) program changes were passed into law by the New York State Legislature in the summer of 2011 to cap allowable tax relief under STAR. These changes continue to affect school tax bills:

BASIC STAR Exemption: For 2017-18, the New York State Legislature has established a maximum cap for the Regular STAR (School Tax Relief) benefit for all homeowners of $582. However, due to fluctuations in the STAR reimbursement formula, each municipality has a different maximum savings per exemption.

In the City of Canandaigua, with a 2017-2018 tax rate of 18.85 and a calculated maximum savings of $565.52 for Basic STAR, a hypothetical $100,000 home will see a school tax bill of $1,319.48.

In the Town of Canandaigua, with a 2017-2018 tax rate of 19.24 and a calculated maximum savings of $577.06 Basic STAR, a hypothetical $100,000 home will see a school tax bill of $1,346.94.

ENHANCED STAR Exemption: For 2017-18, the New York State Legislature capped the Enhanced STAR (School Tax Relief) benefit at $1,207. All residents qualifying for the Enhanced STAR exemption will receive that savings.

Recent Changes in STAR program:

There have been some changes in how certain homeowners will apply for STAR and/or in how they receive their STAR benefit.

New applicants -- or those who have purchased a new home within the District -- who qualify for Basic or Enhanced STAR

  • You will register with New York State instead of applying with your assessor.
  • You will receive a STAR credit in the form of a check from New York State, rather than receiving a property tax exemption on your school tax bill (if you qualify for STAR). The dollar value of the credit will be the same as the property tax exemption.
  • The language on your school tax bill will read:
  • "An estimated STAR check will be mailed to you upon issuance by the NYS Tax Department. Any overpayment or underpayment can be reconciled on your next tax return or STAR credit check."

New applicants who qualify for Enhanced STAR (or who will qualify in the future)

  • You do not need to register separately to receive the Enhanced benefit if you’ve already registered to receive the Basic benefit.
  • When you register for the STAR credit, the Tax Department will automatically review your application to determine whether you are eligible for the Basic or Enhanced STAR benefit amount.

How to Pay

By Mail

Please make your check payable to: School Tax Collector

PAYING BY MAIL - Please note changes!

Residents may mail payments to:

School Tax Collector
Canandaigua City School District
Dept. #117086
P.O. Box 5270
Binghamton, NY, 13902-5270

If paying by mail, DO NOT mail the entire paper bill. Only send the appropriate payment stub with your payment. Processing of your bill is now automated and if you send the entire bill, it will not be returned to you. You may request a receipt as noted on the payment stubs.

For the month of October, mailed payments MUST be postmarked no later than October 31, 2017. Although payments that are postmarked by the due dates are accepted, residents should be aware that correct postmarks may not occur on the last day unless hand-delivered to the Post Office and requested. Postage metered dates are not accepted after the due date. All property owners are encouraged to be aware of due dates to avoid penalties.

In Person

Please make your check payable to: School Tax Collector

PAYING IN PERSON

Payment hours of the tax office of the school district are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The office is located at the District Administration Center, 143 North Pearl Street.

During the month of October, in person payments may be made at the District Administration Center or at any branch of Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Company.

In November and December, in-person payments will be accepted only at the school district. CNB will no longer accept school tax payments in November and December.

The last day the school district collects taxes will be Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Look up your Property Tax Information

Assessors:

If you have questions about the assessment on property you own, contact the assessor in your municipality:

City of Canandaigua: 396-5000 x5022

Town of Canandaigua: 396-1120 x2237

Farmington: (315)986-8194

East Bloomfield: 657-7368

Bristol: 229-2400

Gorham: 526-5844

Hopewell: 394-0036 x5

South Bristol: 374-6341