School Tax Information
January 2020 Update: The 2019-2020 tax collection period began October 1, 2019 and ended December 31, 2019. The School District can no longer accept any tax payments.
No taxes will be accepted by the District after December 31, 2019. Unpaid school taxes at that time, will be turned over to the City of Canandaigua Treasurers office, (for those properties within the city) and the Ontario County Treasurer’s office, (for all other properties) for collection. A 6% penalty will be added, plus a 5% treasurer’s fee, plus there will be a 1% interest accrued each month starting February 1st, 2020. The County and City Treasurer will be able to provide the amount due after January 15, 2020.
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 Wood Library tax was approved by voters in May 2019. The total Wood Library tax levy will be $700,268 in 2019-20, up from $668,000 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.
School Tax Rate Information
Canandaigua’s school tax rates vary by municipality in 2019-2020. Most rates are below the projected rate of $19.12, a conservative estimate established in May 2019, at the time of the school budget vote. Voters approved the District’s $76.4 million budget in May by an overwhelming margin.
2019-2020 Tax Rates by Municipality:
- $19.35 – City of Canandaigua
- $18.77 – Town of Canandaigua
- $18.77 – Town of Farmington
- $18.77 – Town of Bristol
- $18.77 – Town of East Bloomfield
- $19.35 – Town of Gorham
- $19.76 – Town of Hopewell
- $19.76 – Town of South Bristol
The City of Canandaigua, and the towns of Gorham, Hopewell, and South Bristol are not assessed at 100% of market value for 2019-20. 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 roll 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 $18.3 million for 2019-2020, an increase of .75%. Total assessment in the district is now approximately $2.447 billion.
The Town of Canandaigua has the largest assessment total of all the municipalities in the school district at $1.387 billion, approximately 57%. The City of Canandaigua has approximately $733 million in assessment, totaling nearly 30% of the District’s total assessment. Hopewell ($153 million) and Farmington ($148 million) are the next largest assessment totals, while the other four municipalities have smaller totals.
updated September 9, 2019
|Municipality||19-20 Tax Rate/Thousand||Assessed Value||% of Value||18-19 Tax rate|
|Canandaigua - City||
|Canandaigua - Town||$18.769819||
2019-2020 Information - Canandaigua City School District
Total Taxable Parcels: 10,582
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)
- 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.
For more information, visit www.tax.ny.gov/star. Or call your local city or town assessor’s office.
Please make your check payable to: School Tax Collector
Residents may mail payments to:School Tax Collector
Canandaigua City School District
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.
Payments MUST be postmarked no later than due dates on bill.
PLEASE NOTE: 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.
NOTE: This information applies only to the months of October to December each year.
Please make your check payable to: School Tax CollectorPAYING 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. In person payments may ne paid at the district office during the months of October, November, and December.
The last day the school district collects is either December 31 or the end of the first business day of the new year (if December 31 falls on a weekend).
Look up your Property Tax Information
If you have questions about the assessment on property you own, contact the assessor in your municipality:
City of Canandaigua:
Town of Canandaigua:
(585) 394-1120 x2237
(315) 986-8100 ext 4
(585) 229-2400 ext 12
(585) 394-0036 ext 5
(585) 374-6341 ext 4