School Tax Information

OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE: The 2018-2019 tax collection period will begin on Monday, October 1, 2018 and continue through December 31, 2018. Tax bills will be mailed at the end of September.

Payments are due by Wednesday, October 31st with no penalty. Any taxes paid after this date will be subject to interest of 1% if paid in November and 3% if paid in December.

If you intend to participate in the installment payment option, the first payment must be made by October 31, 2018. The second payment may be paid in November with 1% interest added or in December with 3% interest added.

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, 2018. The total Wood Library tax levy will be $668,000 in 2017-18, up from $648,000 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 2018-2019. Most rates are below the projected rate of $19.32, a conservative estimate established in May, 2018, at the time of the school budget vote. Voters approved the District's $75.9 million budget in May by an overwhelming margin.

2017-2018 Tax Rates by Municipality:

  • $18.66 - City of Canandaigua
  • $18.66 - Town of Canandaigua
  • $18.66 - Town of Farmington
  • $19.44 - Town of Bristol
  • $18.66 - Town of East Bloomfield
  • $18.66 - Town of Gorham
  • $19.04 - Town of Hopewell
  • $18.66 - Town of South Bristol

The Towns of Hopewell and Bristol are not assessed at 100% of market value for 2018-19. Therefore, New York State has applied equalization rates to those two 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 $103.9 million dollars for 2018-2019, an increase of 4.47%. Total assessment in the district is now approximately $2.429 billion.

The Town of Canandaigua has the largest assessment total of all the municipalities in the school district at $1.397 billion, approximately 56%. The City of Canandaigua has $744 million in assessment, totaling nearly 31% 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 smaller totals.

School Tax Rates for 2018-2019

updated September 24, 2018

Municipality 17-18 Tax Rate/Thousand Assessed Value % of Value 17-18 Tax rate
Canandaigua - City $18.658057 744,615,986 30.60 18.850788
Canandaigua - Town $18.657818

1,369,890,011 56.30 19.235174
Farmington $18.657960 137,519,607 5.652 18.850610
Bristol $19.435163 21,050,684 0.901 19.040812
E. Bloomfield$18.657756 134,580 0.005 19.040812
Gorham $18.657756 1,371,367 0.056 18.850404
Hopewell $19.038527 151,817,600 6.367 18.850404
S. Bristol $18.657756 2,650,300 0.108 18.850404

2018-2019 Information - Canandaigua City School District

Total Taxable Parcels: 10,525

Total STAR Households: 5,096
Regular STAR: 3,681
Enhanced STAR: 1,415

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 2018-19, the New York State Legislature has established a maximum cap for the Regular STAR (School Tax Relief) benefit for all homeowners of $594. 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 2018-2019 tax rate of 18.66 and a calculated maximum savings of $559.74 for Basic STAR, a hypothetical $100,000 home will see a school tax bill of $1,306.26

In the Town of Canandaigua, with a 2018-2019 tax rate of 18.66 and a calculated maximum savings of $559.73 Basic STAR, a hypothetical $100,000 home will see a school tax bill of $1,306.27.

ENHANCED STAR Exemption: For 2018-19, the New York State Legislature capped the Enhanced STAR (School Tax Relief) benefit at $1,231. However, due to fluctuation sin the STAR reimbursement formula, each municipality has a different maximum savings per exemption.

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.

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.

Taxes may be paid in person at any branch of Canandaigua National Bank during the month of October ONLY. Canandaigua National Bank will only accept full payments. The bank will not accept any payments after the close of business on October 31st.

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