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Assessment Challenge and Review Instructions



Informal Assessment will be held in March and April of 2017. More information to follow.

Formal Board of Assessment Review information will be available after May 1, 2017.

Formal Board of Assessment Review meets May 23, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM (breaks for lunch and dinner). Appointments are recommended.

There is a required form (RP-524) for Formal Board of Assessment Review and recommended worksheets (see below).

Important items to consider before proceeding



* The assessment roll is available on the Internet in order to:

  • verify property information
  • review inventory data on an individual property
  • review current sales information
  • analyze sales information about similar properties

* When comparing property sales, it is important to remember that location, style, age and square footage are important. For example, if you purchased your home for $200,000 on a particular street or neighborhood do not look for homes that sell for $150,000 in other neighborhoods. Also, do not compare a five-year old home with a fifty-year old home.

* Nominal differences in square footage don't always mean a difference in
overall property assessment.

* Interior and exterior condition of your property can be important factors when
determining market value.

* Make additional copies of all information that you provide with the
application. The information contained with the application becomes
property of the Board of Assessment Review and will not be returned.

* The comparable property sales that you should include with your application should be similar in building style, square footage, amenities. Our online assessment challenge system attempts to guide through this process - including a neighborhood assignment. Comparable property sales can be accessed through our Comprehensive Property Information (CPI) System

* If you are having difficulties finding comparable property sales information on our website, please contact the Town of Amherst Assessor's Office or the webmaster for assistance.

Process for researching and challenging your current property assessment



1. Find and verify your property inventory using our Online Assessment Records

- building style, square footage, bedrooms, etc.
- exterior property photographs
- valid sales information



2. Review comparable property inventories located in your neighborhood

- building style, square footage, bedrooms, etc.
- exterior property photographs
- valid sales information

    3. RP-524 is required for Formal Board of Assessment Review.
    4. Worksheets are available for residential and condominium properties. Attach any property photographs (Steps 1 and 2 above) or additional information to support your claim.
    5. Worksheets are also available for commercial, vacant land and commercial I&E (see instruction page)

Assessment Links



Learn about assessments and property taxes



Challenging Your Assessment


Contesting Your Assessment in New York State

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