School Tax Information

Tax bills for the 2017-2018 school year will be mailed to residents on September 29, 2017. Residents will 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. The District's 2016-17 true value tax rate is $19.01992/thousand. Slight variations in rates between municipalities are due to clergy property exemptions.
  • 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 January 15 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: 396-4422

City of Canandaigua Treasurer's Office: 396-5000 - x5015

School Tax Rate Information

Canandaigua's school tax rate in 2016-2017 remains nearly identical to last year's at $19.02 per thousand dollars of assessment. The rate is well below the projected rate of $19.33, a conservative estimate established in May, 2016, at the time of the school budget vote. Voters approved the District's $71.9 million budget in May by an overwhelming margin.

The District’s true value tax rate has actually decreased fractionally to $19.019 per thousand dollars of assessed value from last year's $19.024. It is the third consecutive year that the true value tax rate has declined or stayed flat in the Canandaigua City School District.

Assessment Growth in the District

Total assessment on properties located within the school district has climbed by about $47.8 million dollars, an increase of 2.15%, almost twice that of last year. Total assessment in the district is now approximately $2.23 billion.

The greatest assessment increase for 2016-2017 is in the Town of Canandaigua, up just over $21 million, but that is still an increase of only 1.7%. The City of Canandaigua saw total assessment rise almost 2.7%, or $18.6 million, ending two years of very small increases. The largest percentage increase (6.46%) is seen in the Town of Gorham, which has only 10 taxable properties in the Canandaigua City School District. The Town of Hopewell (3.74%) saw total assessment rise by over $5 million.

School Tax Rates for 2016 - 2017

updated September 26, 2016

Municipality16-17 Tax Rate/ThousandAssessed Value% of Value15-16 Tax rate
Canandaigua - City$19.020361711,304,79631.2919.024390
Canandaigua - Town$19.0200111,253,209,36555.1219.024029
Farmington$19.020134133,639,5225.87819.023937
Bristol$19.01992020,738,1760.91219.023937
E. Bloomfield$19.019920122,6200.00519.023937
Gorham$19.0199201,088,5440.04819.023937
Hopewell$19.019920150,719,8236.62919.023937
S. Bristol$19.0199202,810,5000.12419.023937

NOTE: For previous years, click the appropriate year in the left-hand column of this page.

2016-2017 Information - Canandaigua City School District

Total Taxable Parcels: 10,636 (no increase from 2015-16)

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

The school tax rate has remained flat or declined for the third consecutive year for all residents of the District in 2016-2017. The District’s true value tax rate has decreased incrementally to $19.020 per thousand dollars of assessed value, almost identical to the 2015-16 rate of $19.024. The new rate is 31 cents below the rate projected ($19.33) when voters approved the $71.8 million budget in May, 2016.

School tax bills will be mailed to residents on September 30, 2016. Full payment or a first installment payment of school taxes is due by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2nd because the last day of October falls on a weekend.

The school tax rate stability is due to a local tax levy increase which increased less (1.51%) than the increase in total assessment in the entire school district (2.15%).

In 2016-2017, all municipalities in the District are effectively at true value for their respective school tax rates, though each has a very small variation from the District average. These small variations in the school tax rate are caused by the clergy-exempted properties that exist within those municipalities.

Total assessment on properties located within the school district has climbed by about $47.8 million dollars, an increase of 2.15%. Total assessment in the district is now slightly over $2.23 billion. The greatest assessment increase for 2016-2017 is in the Town of Canandaigua, up just over $21 million. However, that represents an increase of only 1.7%. A larger percentage increase is seen in the City of Canandaigua, with assessment rising 2.69%, over $18.6 million. The largest percentage increase (6.46%) is seen in the Town of Gorham, but Gorham's total assessment is just $1.02 million. The Town of Hopewell (3.74%) saw an increase of over $5.4 million. But Farmington's increase, $1.95 million, was just 1.5%.

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 2016-17, the New York State Legislature has capped the Regular STAR (School Tax Relief) benefit for all homeowners at a fixed total of $582.

With the actual 2016-2017 true value school tax rate of $19.020 and the state cap of $582 for Basic STAR, a hypothetical $100,000 home will see a school tax bill of $1,338.00.

ENHANCED STAR Exemption: For 2016-17, the New York State Legislature capped the Enhanced STAR (School Tax Relief) benefit for all homeowners at a fixed total of $1,183.

DISTRICT TOTALS

Canandaigua City School District

2016-2017

Total Taxable Parcels: 10,636

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

Recent Changes in STAR program

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

New applicants 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, rather than receiving a property tax exemption (if you qualify for STAR). The dollar value of the credit will be the same as the property tax exemption.

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.

Property Tax Freeze

The property tax freeze credit is a two-year tax relief program, scheduled to expire after the 2016-2017 year, that reimburses qualifying New York State homeowners for increases in local property taxes on their primary residences.

Eligibility requirements for 2016

To receive the credit in 2016, homeowners must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Receive the STAR property tax exemption.
    - The property must be the homeowner's primary residence.
    - The total household income must be $500,000 or less.
  2. The school district where the homeowner's property is located must comply with the New York State Property Tax Cap. For 2016-2017, the Canandaigua City School District is in compliance with the property tax cap.

How to get the credit

In the fall of 2016, the Tax Department will automatically mail checks to eligible homeowners. Eligible homeowners do not need to do anything to receive the credit. The Tax Department will review eligibility data and calculate the credit.

Homeowners who do not receive a check and who believe they are entitled to the credit (or who believe their credit was incorrectly calculated) will be able to contact the Tax Department to have their case reviewed.

Credit amounts

As a general rule, the freeze credit will fully reimburse eligible homeowners for increases to their property taxes. The freeze credit will be the greater of:

  • the actual increase in the homeowner's tax bill, or
  • the previous year's tax bill multiplied by an inflation factor (the lesser of 2% or inflation). For 2016, the inflation factor for school districts is 0.12%.

Homeowners whose tax bills go down, stay the same, or increase less than the inflation factor will receive a credit equal to the previous year's tax bill multiplied by the inflation factor.

Exceptions

There are some exceptions. The credit will not reimburse homeowners for increases that are the result of:

  • improvements to the property that increase its value,
  • changes in a property's exemption status, or
  • a jurisdiction-wide reassessment to the extent the increase in the property's assessed value exceeds the average change in assessed value.


Co-ops and mobile homes

The credit for co-ops and mobile homes that are not separately assessed will be calculated as follows:

  • Co-op owners: the credit will be 60% of the average credit for the jurisdiction.
  • Mobile home owners: the credit will be 25% of the average credit for the jurisdiction.

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.

Mailed payments MUST be postmarked no later than December 31, 2016. 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 December, in person payments may be made only at the District Administration Center. Area banks are no longer accepting school tax payments. The last day the school district collects taxes will be Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

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: 396-0450

Farmington: 315-986-8194

East Bloomfield: 657-7368

Bristol: 229-2400

Gorham: 585-526-5844

Hopewell: 394-6449

South Bristol: 374-6341