School Tax Information

JANUARY, 2018 UPDATE: Tax collection is now complete at the District's Administration Center. All unpaid amounts are now turned over for collection to the City of Canandaigua Treasurer (for City residents) or Ontario County Treasurer (for all other residents). A 6% penalty is added to the unpaid amount PLUS a 5% Treasurers fee.

After January, an additional 1% in interest will accrue each month starting February 1, 2018.

Please contact your Treasurer's Office after January 15th for the correct amount due:

Ontario County Treasurer's Office: (585) 396-4432

City of Canandaigua Treasurer's Office: (585) 337-2170

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, 2017. The total Wood Library tax levy will be $648,000 in 2017-18, up from $630,000 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 2017-2018. Each rate is well below the projected rate of $19.50, a conservative estimate established in May, 2017, at the time of the school budget vote. Voters approved the District's $73.9 million budget in May by an overwhelming margin.

2017-2018 Tax Rates by Municipality:

  • $18.85 - City of Canandaigua
  • $19.24 - Town of Canandaigua
  • $18.85 - Town of Farmington
  • $19.04 - Town of Bristol
  • $19.04 - Town of East Bloomfield
  • $18.85 - Town of Gorham
  • $18.85 - Town of Hopewell
  • $18.85 - Town of South Bristol

The Towns of Canandaigua, East Bloomfield and Bristol are not assessed at 100% of market value for 2017-18. 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 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 $51.4 million dollars for 2017-2018, an increase of 2.26%, slightly more than last year's increase. Total assessment in the district is now approximately $2.325 billion.

The Town of Canandaigua has the largest assessment total of all the municipalities in the school district at $1.27 billion, approximately 55%. The City of Canandaigua has $736 million in assessment, up 3.5% from last year, and totaling nearly 32% 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 very small totals.

School Tax Rates for 2017 - 2018

updated September 20, 2017

Municipality 17-18 Tax Rate/Thousand Assessed Value % of Value 16-17 Tax rate
Canandaigua - City $18.850788 736,195,799 31.66 19.020361
Canandaigua - Town $19.235174 1,274,531,101 54.82 19.020011
Farmington $18.850610 137,475,248 5.913 19.020134
Bristol $19.040812 20,906,712 0.899 19.019920
E. Bloomfield $19.040812 123,600 0.005 19.019920
Gorham $18.850404 1,369,371 0.059 19.019920
Hopewell $18.850404 151,638,305 6.522 19.019920
S. Bristol $18.850404 2,810,500 0.121 19.023937

2017-2018 Information - Canandaigua City School District

Total Taxable Parcels: 10,756 (increase of 120 from 2016-17)

Total STAR Households: 5,692
Regular STAR: 4,329
Enhanced STAR: 1,363

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 2017-18, the New York State Legislature has established a maximum cap for the Regular STAR (School Tax Relief) benefit for all homeowners of $582. 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 2017-2018 tax rate of 18.85 and a calculated maximum savings of $565.52 for Basic STAR, a hypothetical $100,000 home will see a school tax bill of $1,319.48.

In the Town of Canandaigua, with a 2017-2018 tax rate of 19.24 and a calculated maximum savings of $577.06 Basic STAR, a hypothetical $100,000 home will see a school tax bill of $1,346.94.

ENHANCED STAR Exemption: For 2017-18, the New York State Legislature capped the Enhanced STAR (School Tax Relief) benefit at $1,207. All residents qualifying for the Enhanced STAR exemption will receive that savings.

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)

  • You do not need to register separately to receive the Enhanced benefit if you’ve already registered to receive the Basic benefit.
  • 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

As of January 3, 2018, please contact your Treasurer,(City of Canandaigua or Ontario County) to arrange school tax payment. The District is no longer accepting school tax payments.

Only during October to December each year:

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


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 be made ONLY at the District Administration Center. In October and November, payments will be accepted at any branch of Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Company.

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:
(585) 337-2235

Town of Canandaigua:
(585) 394-1120 x2237

(315) 986-8194

East Bloomfield:
(585) 657-7368

(585) 229-2400

(585) 526-5844

(585) 394-0036 x5

South Bristol:
(585) 374-6341