Tax – Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the School Tax Collector?

Julie Mattina is the school tax collector and can be reached at jmattina@caz.cnyric.org or 315-655-5376 in September and October from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm.

How And Where Do I Pay My Tax Bill?

You can either mail payments in to Cazenovia Central School, Julie Mattina Tax Collector, PO Box 450, Cazenovia, NY 13035 or pay in person at Community Bank N.A. 49 Albany Street, Cazenovia. The bank will be open to receive payments Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Please note that the bank will not accept tax payments on Saturdays.

Does Cazenovia Central School Accept Credit Card Payment for Taxes?

No.

School Tax Checks Should be Made Payable to Whom?

Cazenovia Central School.

The Previous Owner received the Bill and Has Moved, the Bill Belongs to the New Owner. What Should I Do?

You may either return the bill to Julie Mattina or call 315-655-5376.

The Bill Was Sent to the Property Owner When They Have an Escrow Account with the Bank That Pays Their Taxes?

Mail or take the bill to the bank responsible.

I Have Paid Off My Mortgage and Want the Tax Bill Sent to My Home, What Should I Do?

Contact the Receiver of Taxes.

How Do I Get My Address Changed on My Tax Bill?

Contact the Assessor’s Office.

What If I Didn’t Receive My Tax Bill? 

Do you have an escrow account with your bank?  If yes, they receive the bill and you are mailed only a receipt.  If your taxes are not paid by your bank through an escrow account, contact Receiver of Taxes.

I Never Received my Bill, or Received it Late; Do I Still Have to Pay the Penalty?

Yes, 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 interest prescribed by law (New York State Real Property Tax Law Section 922.)  It is the responsibility of the property owner to know when taxes are due and payable.  In addition, neither the Receiver of Taxes nor any other official has legal authority to waive statutory interest charges.  Interest charges are fixed by the Real Property Tax Law.

What Do I Do in the Event of a Name Change (Death, Marriage, etc.)?

Bring legal document (death certificate, marriage license) to the Assessor’s Office at the Town Hall so that the records may be changed.

Did I Receive My Exemption (Veterans, Senior, STAR)?

Exemptions will be noted on your bill under “Exemption”.

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

New York State Real Property Section 925, provides as follows:  “Payment of taxes by mail, when enclosed in a postpaid wrapper (envelope) properly addressed to the appropriate collecting office and deposited in a post office or official depository under the exclusive care and custody of the United States Post Office shall, upon deliver, be deemed to have been made to such officer on the date of the United States Postmark on such wrapper.  The provisions of this section shall not apply in the case of postmarks not made by the United States Post Office.  A postage meter postmark is not a postmark made by the United States Post Office and, therefore, is not within the provisions of Real Property Tax Law Section 925.  Payments cannot be deemed timely because of a postage meter postmark date on an envelope containing a tax payment (Op. New York State Comptroller 69-172).

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

Can I pay my taxes in installments?

No, school taxes cannot be made in installments.

Can I pre-pay my taxes?

Collection authority cannot begin prior to the date of the warrant.  The warrant constitutes the authority for the collecting office to receive tax payments.  Therefore, the warrant must be regarded as the instrument, which empowers the collecting office to begin the collection.

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