Property Tax FAQs

  • When will I receive my tax bill?

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    The Geneva City schools tax bills are mailed out at the very end of August.

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  • Where do I send my school tax payment?

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    School tax payment checks should be made out to Geneva City School District. Be sure to include the tear-off slip for each installment with your payment. The mailing address for school tax payments is: Geneva City School District, PO Box 256 Warsaw, N.Y. 14569

    In person payments may be made at any Five Star Bank Branch. The Five Star Bank Branch in Geneva is located in the Town and County Plaza, 387 Hamilton Street, Geneva, N.Y. 14456.

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  • If I have questions, who do I call?

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    The school district tax line is (315) 781-4117 M–F 8: a.m.–3 p.m.

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  • Can I pay by credit cards or echecks?

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    At this time, we do not accept credit cards or electronic payments from individuals.

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  • Do you have to receive the payment by the due date?

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    Payments postmarked by the United States Postal Service on the due date are accepted but business metered mail is not. Please be aware that the correct postmark may not occur on the last day unless hand delivered to the post office and date requested.

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  • Do I have to pay the entire tax bill at one time?

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    There are two options:

    1. You may pay your bill in full by the end of September, or

    2. Pay the first half (installment) by the end of September and pay the second half (installment) anytime before the end of February without penalty or charge.

    Please remember that only one bill is sent out, if you choose the installment option, please remember to mark your calendars.

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  • What do I do if I don’t make my first payment in time?

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    A 1 percent penalty is added to past due portions of the school tax bill each month. You must pay the first installment and any penalty before the second installment without penalty can be accepted. The school collection period ends after the end of February. At that time, all unpaid tax and any accumulated penalty will be turned over to the City or County for collection. An additional collection fee of no less than 5 percent will be added to the past due amount for the city/county.

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  • Do I have to pay the penalty if I never received the bill, received it late, or had an emergency?

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    The failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or the interest prescribed by law (New York State Real Property Tax Law 922). The law does not allow the collecting officer or any other official to waive the penalty for any reason.

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  • I received a tax bill, but I have an escrow so the bill should be paid by the bank, what do I do?

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    Some escrow companies collect the data electronically or through the website and do not request your tax bill. You can forward your bill to your escrow company, or call them to confirm they have your bill information and will take care of your tax payments.

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  • What dates do the tax payments cover?

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    School tax bills correspond to the school year, so the bill covers from July 1–June 30 of each year.

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  • How do I change the mailing address of my bill?

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    Tax information comes yearly from the information on file at the assessor’s offices. For mailing changes to be permanent, you must contact your assessor and change the address on that file. Please keep in mind that this change may also affect your water/sewer, City/Town and County bills.

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  • What happens if my check amount is different than the tax bill?

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    The check will be returned to you and the tax will remain unpaid. Over or under payments are not accepted by the school district. Additionally, any checks that are not able to be cashed for any reason will be returned, including any which do not contain the appropriate penalty for the date of payment, incorrect legal line, missing signature, etc.

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  • What do I do if I can’t find my tax bill?

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    Call (315) 781-4117 and ask for a duplicate copy to be sent to you. Tax information is also available online at www.taxlookup.net in a different format. Please be aware that the online version does not show the installment option. You may still pay by installments, but you must divide the total shown on the website by two to match the two installments. If there is an odd penny when the bill is divided, that penny is added to the first installment. If paying after Sept. 30, please do not forget to include the appropriate penalty shown on the penalty line for the date of mailing. The second installment portion does not incur penalty until March 1.

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  • Can I bring my payment to the school District Office?

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    Tax payments will not be accepted at the school district.

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  • How do I get a receipt that my taxes have been paid?

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    There is a line on the left of each installment slip stating “check here for receipt”. If you place an X or checkmark on that line, a receipt will be sent to you. Please be patient; it will generally take about two weeks for the receipts to be mailed back.

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  • Why is the library part of my school tax bill?

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    The Geneva Public Library taxes are collected by the school district by law; they are two separate taxes, but combined into one bill. On your tax bill, you will see both lines of taxes, the School Tax line and a separate line for the Library Tax, along with the rate per thousand, which varies by municipality.

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  • What is www.taxlookup.net?

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    This is a website which contains tax information for many schools/municipalities. For the Geneva City School District, this site has both the current and recent years of school tax collection data and is updated regularly during the tax collection period. This site can be searched for by name, tax map number, property address or bill number.

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  • What is STAR (School Tax Assessment Relief)?

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    The STAR Program is the state funded credit which provides eligible homeowners in New York State with a reduction on their school taxes. There are two levels: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR. Each has different eligibility requirements. This program is run by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Their website is www.tax.ny.gov/star, where you can register for the STAR credit 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or you can call at 1 (518) 457-2036 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to register or ask additional questions.

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