School Tax Information

SEPTEMBER 2019 UPDATE: The 2019-2020 tax collection period begins Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and will continue through December 31, 2019. Tax bills will be mailed at the end of September.

Taxes may be paid on or before October 31, 2019 without penalty. Taxes received from November 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019 will be assessed a 1% penalty. Taxes received from December 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 there be assessed a 3% penalty.

Taxes may be paid in 2 installments. In order to participate in the installment option, the first installment payment (noted on your tax bill) must be received by October 31, 2019. The second installment amount can be paid in November with a 1% penalty assessed or December with a 3% penalty assessed.

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.

School Tax Rates for 2019-2020

updated September 9, 2019

Municipality 19-20 Tax Rate/Thousand Assessed Value % of Value 18-19 Tax rate
Canandaigua - City

$19.350583

732,789,773

29.94

18.658058

Canandaigua - Town $18.769819

1,387,148,512

56.68

18.657818

Farmington $18.769949

147,564,555

6.03

18.657960

Bristol $18.769758

22,648,662 0.93

19.435163

E. Bloomfield$18.769758

135,560

0.01

18.657757

Gorham $19.350266 1,381,273 0.06

18.657757

Hopewell $19.757640

152,982,137

6.25

19.038527

S. Bristol $19.757640

2,658,400 0.11

18.657757

2019-2020 Information - Canandaigua City School District

Total Taxable Parcels: 10,582

Star Tax

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.

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.

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.

In Person

NOTE: This information applies only to the months of October to December each year.

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. 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

Assessors:

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

City of Canandaigua:
(585) 337-2177

Town of Canandaigua:
(585) 394-1120 x2237

Farmington:
(315) 986-8100 ext 4

East Bloomfield:
(585) 657-7368

Bristol:
(585) 229-2400 ext 12

Gorham:
(585) 526-5844

Hopewell:
(585) 394-0036 ext 5

South Bristol:
(585) 374-6341 ext 4