38 North Ferry Road
PO Box 970
Shelter Island, NY 11964
Phone (631) 749-1080
Fax (631) 749-0162
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm
BOARD OF ASSESSORS
The job of the Assessors is to set the valuation of real property in the Town of Shelter Island in accordance with the Real Property Tax Law of New York State. It is our goal to fairly administer this responsibility and to advise Shelter Island taxpayers of our findings in an informative and courteous manner.
Our department determines the value of all 3,500 properties in the Town of Shelter Island. Key to determining this value is the maintenance of an accurate record of each property and any improvements that may exist. Since 1999, every property is revalued each year. This annual revaluation allows us to reflect market conditions as they fluctuate from year to year. By maintaining a level of assessment at 100% of market value, property owners can see at a glance our estimate of a property’s worth.
In addition, we administer property tax exemptions for senior citizens, veterans, clergy, disabled property owners, volunteer fire fighters and EMTs, non-profit and educational entities, conservation organizations, and agricultural businesses.
This office also administers the School Tax Relief program, commonly referred to as STAR. As of 2016, new homeowners must apply for STAR directly with New York State by calling (518)457-2036 or visiting www.tax.ny.govand clicking on "Changes to STAR".
Basic STAR: The Basic STAR is available to homeowners whose primary residence is their Shelter Island property and whose annual income (adjusted gross income less taxable portion of IRA distributions) is less than $500,000.
Enhanced Star: Available to homeowners over 65 years of age with a combined household income of $86,000 or less. Because the exemption is income related, annual renewal is required. Renewal deadline is March 1st of each year. To obtain the renewal forms, contact us or www.tax.ny.gov/forms/orpts_cur_forms.htm
We maintain property inventory records and identify ownership interest in the 3,500 properties that make up our Town. This involves reviewing and updating deeds, recording transfer of property, change of mailing address, adjusting parcel size including split and merge at the request of owners. This is public information provided to taxpayers, appraisers, bankers, realtors, title search companies, attorneys and others. In conjunction with the Building Department we update property inventory when a new building permit is issued. This information along with access to building plans allows us to maintain an accurate and up-to-date database.
The grievance process allows taxpayers to challenge assessments. Each year, a change of assessment notice is sent to all taxpayers. If a taxpayer disagrees with the assessment, the next step is to call or come in and discuss your situation. If this is not satisfactory, the taxpayer can then file a grievance form (available at our office or at the above website). Our staff will assist you in filling out the form if needed. The Board of Assessment Review meets on the third Tuesday in May to hear the grievances.