As we enter the fall season it is time to start thinking about exemption forms. There are several exemptions available to residents of Charlton. The three most popular exemptions are Residential Star, Enhanced Star and an exemption for low income Seniors. Only the homeowner’s primary residence is eligible for these exemptions.
- The Residential Star Exemption has no income restrictions or age restrictions and results in a $25,680 reduction in your assessment for school tax purposes. (Form RP425)*
- The Enhanced Exemption is for residents who reach the age of 65 by December 31 of this year. Only one owner of the house has to reach this age. In addition the income level of all owners has to be below $79,050 as reported on your 2009 federal return. The income for STAR purposes is line 37 minus line 15b of the 1040 form. More information is available on the form at our office. (Form RP425)*
- The third exemption is for Low Income Seniors. If your income is below $37,400 as reported on your 2010 taxes, and one owner has reached the age of 65 by December 31 of this year, it is in your best interest to apply for this exemption. The income requirements are a little more involved so please stop into the office and pick up a form. (Form RP467)*
Questions? Please call the Assessors’ office at 384-0152 ext 206. The office is open Tuesday and Thursday 9 am-12 noon, and Tuesday evening 7-9 pm.
Duties & Responsibilities
The Assessors prepare an assessment roll of all real property (vacant and improved) within the Town boundaries, establishing the condition, value and taxable status of each parcel of property. The valuations determined by the Assessors are then used to calculate Saratoga County, School and Fire District taxes to be levied against each parcel of real estate.
To ensure that assessment records reflect the most current mailing address and to ensure that tax bills are sent to the correct address, please notify this office of any mailing address changes.
Informal meetings with an Assessor can resolve most assessment questions. You may also contact the NYS Office of Real Property Services for further information and forms (click on link above). If you disagree with your assessment, it is strongly recommended that you meet with one of the Town of Charlton Assessors (prior to Grievance Day on the 4th Tuesday in May) to learn how your assessment was determined and to make certain the assessor has all the correct information about the property. As a result of this meeting, an equitable adjustment may be reached.
If you are not satisfied with the determination of the Assessor, you may then proceed to the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) to learn the process for filing a grievance. If you go to Grievance Day and are still not satisfied, you have the right to take your grievance to Small Claims Court.