When should I expect my tax bill in the mail? Your tax bill will be mailed on or around August 30, 2019.

When is the tax collection period? The tax collection period for this year is September 3, 2019 to October 2, 2019, without payment of a penalty. A penalty will be charged for any payments received after October 3, 2019. No payments will be accepted after November 4, 2019.

Where can I pay my taxes? Payments should be mailed to:  Receiver of Taxes, Onteora CSD, PO Box 6070, Kingston, NY 12402-6070 . If you choose to pay your taxes in person, you may do so at the Catskill Hudson Bank located at 101 Kings Mall Court, Kingston NY (in the Marshalls and Home Goods Plaza).   

Can I pay my tax bill in installments? Yes. Your tax bill may be paid in 3 installments, however, the first installment must be 50% of the total bill in order to be accepted. If it is not, it will be returned.

Can I pay my tax bill using a credit card? Yes. Credit cards cannot be used to pay your tax bill online only. Visit the website at www.taxlookup.net, bring up your bill and follow the instructions. A 3% convenience fee plus a site fee will be charged. The fees are not being collected by the Onteora Central School District and are not additional income to the district.

Will I be charged a fee if I pay my taxes late? Yes. Tax bills paid between October 3, 2019 and October 31, 2019 are subject to a 1% penalty.  Taxes paid between November 1 and November 4, 2019 are subject to a 2% penalty.

Where can I pay my tax bill after the tax collection period ends? Any checks postmarked after November 4, 2019 will be returned to the property owner. After November 4, please contact the Ulster County Department of Finance at 845-340-3431

What should I do if I find an error or missing exemption on my tax bill? If the error relates to the property assessment or exemption amounts, please contact the town assessor first.


What is the tax levy? The tax levy is the total amount of money needed to be raised from local taxes to fund the Onteora Central School District budget after state aid and other revenue sources are taken into account.

What is the change in the tax levy for 2019-2020? The tax levy for 2019-2020 is 2.95 percent higher than the tax levy for 2018-2019.


Is the tax rate the same as the tax levy? No, the tax rate differs from the tax levy, and several factors go into determining the tax rate. In calculating the tax rate, the tax levy is divided between the six towns located within the Onteora Central School District using state formulas. These formulas take into account full values, assessed values and equalization rates, all of which are used to determine the tax rate.


Who determines the assessed value of my property? Each town has an assessor who is responsible for determining the assessed values for properties within that town. Questions regarding town equalization rates and individual property assessments should be addressed directly to your town assessor. The phone number of the office of the assessor for each town within the Onteora Central School District is listed below.




845-331-7474, ext. 5


845-687-7500 ext. 173






845-679-2113 ext. 1


518-989-6263 ext. 13


What is Full Value? The full value (also called market value) is what your property would sell for under normal conditions. For residential properties, your assessor generally determines market values by comparing your property with similar properties that have sold in similar neighborhoods, giving consideration to other factors possibly affecting market value.

What is Assessed Value? The assessed value is the assessor's opinion of your parcel's current market value (full value) multiplied by the uniform percentage of value used in your town. Assessed values are used along with the tax rate to compute the tax due for a particular property, before exemptions.

What is an Equalization Rate? Equalization rates are determined by the State and represent the overall ratio of a municipality’s total assessed value to the municipality’s total property market value.  Equalization rates are used in apportioning property taxes among municipal segments of school districts. In order for a school district to fairly distribute its property tax levy, the levy needs to be divided in proportion to the total market value of each municipality or municipal segment. This allows for an equitable distribution of taxes based upon the market value of each municipality.


What is the STAR exemption? STAR is New York State’s School Tax Relief Program that provides a partial property tax exemption from school taxes to eligible homeowners. Most New Yorkers who own and live in their home are eligible for the STAR exemption on their primary residence.

There are two parts to the STAR property tax exemption:

• The Basic STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the homeowners' income is under $500,000. Basic STAR works by exempting a portion of the full value of a home from school taxes. 

• The Enhanced STAR exemption is available for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older) with yearly household incomes not exceeding a statewide standard. For qualifying senior citizens, the Enhanced STAR program provides additional savings by exempting a greater portion of full value from school taxes. 

As a result of recent law changes, some homeowners will receive a STAR check directly from New York State instead of receiving a school property tax exemption.  The amount of your benefit will be the same regardless of how you receive it.

Where do I see how much STAR is saving me in tax dollars?  Individuals receiving STAR as a property tax exemption will see the savings on their school property tax bill.

Is the STAR exemption automatic? No. To receive the STAR tax exemption, you must file an application with your local property assessor by March 1. If you have applied previously and been granted the Basic STAR exemption, you do not need to reapply. However, you must notify your assessor if your primary residence changes. Most seniors receiving the Enhanced exemption will need to reapply yearly.

What recent changes did NYS make to the STAR program? As a result of recent law changes, some homeowners will receive a STAR check directly from New York State instead of receiving a school property tax exemption. The amount of your benefit will be the same regardless of how you receive it.

Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, new STAR applicants will need to register with the NYS Tax Department instead of applying with their assessor. If qualified, they will receive a STAR check rather than a property tax exemption.

No action is needed for existing homeowners with STAR unless 1) you purchased your home after August 1, 2015 or 2) you purchased your home between May 1, 2014 – August 1, 2015 and you bought your home after the 2015 STAR application deadline or you did not apply for the STAR exemption on your home by the 2015 application deadline.

More information about the new STAR program is posted on the Department of Taxation and Finance website at www.tax.ny.gov or call 518-457-2036.