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.