School Tax Information
SEPTEMBER 2020 UPDATE: The 2020-2021 tax collection period begins Tuesday, October 1, 2020 and will continue through December 31, 2020. Tax bills will be mailed at the end of September.
*Please note: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we are asking that, if possible, tax bills be paid via US Mail or online.
We have limited space in our lobby area and can only accommodate up to 2 people at a time. If you must come in person, please be aware that a mask is required to enter the building, and you may need to wait outside.
Checks can be mailed to: Canandaigua City School District
PO Box 5270
Binghamton, NY 13902-5270
Online payments can be made at https://www.canandaiguaschools.org/district/school-tax-information
Please note, there is a fee for online payments.
E-Check: There will be a site fee of $4.95 for e-checks up to $2,499.99. E-checks over $2,500.00 the site fee will be calculated at 0.50% of check amount plus $4.95.
Credit card: The site fee will be calculated to include a one time transaction fee of 0.50 plus a 3.50% site fee applied to the total.
*Canandaigua National Bank branches will still accept full payments in October only.
Please call our office at 585-396-3738 if you have any questions.
Taxes may be paid on or before October 31, 2020 without penalty. Taxes received from November 1, 2020 through November 30, 2020 will be assessed a 1% penalty. Taxes received from December 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 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, 2020. 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, 2020. 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, 2021. The County and City Treasurer will be able to provide the amount due after January 15, 2021.
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 2020. The total Wood Library tax levy will be $720,268 in 2020-2021, up from $700,268 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 2020-2021. Most rates are below the projected rate of $19.18, a conservative estimate established in May 2020, at the time of the school budget vote. Voters approved the District’s $77.7 million budget in May by an overwhelming margin.
2020-2021 Tax Rates by Municipality:
- $19.72 – City of Canandaigua
- $18.93 – Town of Canandaigua
- $18.93 – Town of Farmington
- $18.93 – Town of Bristol
- $20.14 – Town of East Bloomfield
- $18.93 – Town of Gorham
- $18.93 – Town of Hopewell
- $18.93 – Town of South Bristol
The City of Canandaigua, and the town of East Bloomfield are not assessed at 100% of market value for 2020-21. 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 $33.5 million for 2020-2021, an increase of 1.37%. Total assessment in the district is now approximately $2.481 billion.
The Town of Canandaigua has the largest assessment total of all the municipalities in the school district at $1.398 billion, approximately 56%. The City of Canandaigua has approximately $732 million in assessment, totaling nearly 30% of the District’s total assessment. Hopewell ($167 million) and Farmington ($156 million) are the next largest assessment totals, while the other four municipalities have smaller totals.
Look up your Property Tax Information
The linked site allows you to search information about school taxes in our District and there is an option to make your tax payment through this site.
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