Town of Spafford, NY
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    Tax Collector
     
     
    Alison Barron
     
     
     
    Phone Messages may be left with the Town Clerk at 673-4144
     
     
    checks should be made payable to: "Spafford Tax Collector"
     
    Mail payments to:
     
    Spafford Town Hall
    1984 State Route 174
    Skaneateles, NY 13152
    ATTN: Tax Collector
     
     

     
    After April 1st, payment must be made
    directly to Onondaga County.
    (315) 435-2426

     
      After April 1st, checks are payable to "Chief Fiscal Officer" and mailed to:
    Onondaga County Department of Finance
    Revenue and Tax Collection Unit
    P.O. Box 1004
    Syracuse NY 13201-1004

     

    Walk in Payments: 
    Onondaga County Department of Finance
    John H. Mulroy Civic Center - 15th Floor
    421 Montgomery St.
    Syracuse NY

    Questions about STAR and Veterans exemptions should be directed to the Town Assessor, Kim Stone-Gridley.


    TAX NOTICE

    The Town and County Tax bills will be mailed out at the end of December to property owners without escrow accounts. If your bill was requested by a bank, the tax information was sent to the bank and not to your home. If you should have received a bill and did not, please contact the Tax Collector so a copy can be sent to you. The Town and County Tax bills are payable from January 1 to January 31 without penalty. The Real Property Tax Law prohibits the waiver of a late fee, even if the property owner did not receive a tax bill.  Copies of tax bills are available through www.ongov.net



    Question: How early can I pay my tax bill?

    Collection of taxes cannot begin prior to the date of the tax warrant. 'The warrant must be regarded as the instrument which empowers the collecting officer to begin the collection.' Onondaga County tries to sign in the last week of December to enable property owners the opportunity to pre-pay in current year.

    Payments may be made in person by check or cash at the Tax Office located at Spafford Town Hall through April 1. Payments can also be made by mail to: Spafford Town Hall, 1984 State Route 174, Skaneateles, NY 13152. We do not accept payment by credit card. Please do not send cash through the mail.
     
    Checks should be made payable to: "TAX COLLECTOR".   
    NOTE: After April 1, payment 
    must be made directly to Onondaga County.
     

    Question: I never received my bill, or received it late. Do I still have to pay the penalty?

    If you did not receive a bill, or received it late, you are still responsible to pay late penalties. New York State Real Property Tax Law 922 states the failure to mail a statement or the failure of the property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law.

    Neither the Tax Collector nor any other official has legal authority to waive statutory penalty charges. These are fixed by the Real Property Tax Law. There must be no exceptions.

    Question: If I mail my payment on the due date do I have to pay a penalty?

    If taxes are not received until after the due date, they are not paid until after the due date, unless they fall within the provisions of section 925 of the Real Property Tax Law, and the penalty must be added and collected. No town official or employee can waive the penalty (Op. New York State Comp. 68-626).





    DUTIES DUTIES OF THE TAX COLLECTOR

    The tax collector collects the Town and County property taxes January- March 31. The bills are mailed out in late December. The tax bill covers the period of January 1st-December 31st. Payments can be made upon receipt of bill through January 31st without penalty.

    The last day for walk-in payments to the town is March 31st. Payments mailed to the tax collector post-marked on or before the last eligible date for local payment listed on your bill will be accepted. After that date you must pay Onondaga County directly.


    PENALTIES FOR LATE PAYMENT

    Starting February 1st there is a 1% penalty. Beginning March the penalty increases to 1.5%. If taxes are unpaid as of March 15th, a second notice of taxes due is sent, and an additional charge of $1.00 will be levied, and become a part of the amount due.

    After April 1st, all unpaid taxes are returned to Onondaga County, Chief Fiscal Officer, Civic Center 15th floor, PO Box 1004, Syracuse, NY 13201-1004. Fees start at 6% and are increased each month until taxes are paid.


    DELINQUENT TAXES

    Between January 1 and April 1st, pay your current year town and county taxes to your tax collector. After April 1st, payment must be made directly to Onondaga County.


    Make checks payable to "Chief Fiscal Officer"

    Mail Payments to:
    Onondaga County Department of Finance
    Revenue and Tax Collection Unit
    P.O. Box 1004
    Syracuse NY 13201-1004

    Walk in Payments:
    Onondaga County Department of Finance
    John H. Mulroy Civic Center - 15th Floor
    421 Montgomery St.
    Syracuse NY
     


     
    THIRD PARTY NOTIFICATION OF TAX BILLS
     
    Property owners who are disabled or age 65 years or older, and own a one, two or three-family home, may designate an adult consenting third party to receive duplicate copies of tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes. In order to receive this service, you must fill out form RP-923, which is available in the Tax Office, or download from this website.
     
     
    PARTIAL PAYMENTS
     
          The Town of Spafford tax office accepts partial payments. The first payment must made by the bill's due date (usually January 31). Each partial payment must include the current penalty. No delinquent taxes may be due on the property. No partial payment can be accepted if the bill is less than $50.00.

     ESCROW

      For residents who have their taxes escrowed with lending institutions--

    It is the responsibility of the lending institution to notify the county of any additions or deletions of accounts. Many banks contract with the Tax Service Organizations (TSOs), which are agencies that service escrow accounts for the banks. These organizations provide us with a list of their customers and their identifying account numbers.

    In the event that a resident received a bill that should have gone to the bank, it is still the responsibility of the bank to call for that bill. If the bill should have gone to the homeowner, but went to the bank, it is the homeowner's responsibility to know that the taxes are due. Please call or email the tax office immediately and a duplicate bill will be issued to you.

    The failure to mail a statement or to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law. (New York real Property Tax Law 922). If you should have received a bill, but have not during the first week of January, please contact the tax collector for a duplicate bill. 

     

      SCHOOL  TAXES
     
    School tax bills are collected by the Tax Office for the school district.  The Town of Spafford Tax Collector does not accept school tax payments.  These tax bills are mailed in early September by the school's Tax Office.
     

    Homer........School District Office........607-749-7241

    Marcellus....Marcellus Tax Collector......315-673-3269  ext. 6

    Skaneateles....Skanaeteles Tax Collector....315-291-2298

    Tully........School District Office..........315-696-6200 

          
     

    Copyright 2006

     

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