School Tax Information
NOVEMBER 2018 UPDATE: The 2018-2019 tax collection period began on Monday, October 1, 2018 and will continue through December 31, 2018. Tax bills were mailed at the end of September.
The District is no longer collecting tax payments with no penalties or first installment payments. Payments with a 1% penalty are due by Friday, November 30th. Any taxes paid after this date, through the end of the collection period, will be subject to interest of 3%.
If you paid your first installment payment by October 31st, the second installment is due by November 30th with 1% interest added or by December 31st with 3% interest added. No second installment payments will be accepted if the first installment was not paid in full by October 31st.
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.
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
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
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.
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