The Job of the Assessor

The Assessor is responsible for valuing all Real Property within the municipal boundaries for the purposes of taxation for:

  • All Special Districts
  • County
  • Fire
  • School
  • Town

The department is also responsible for the administration of approximately 3,800 property tax exemptions annually, including:

  • Fire
  • Religious
  • Senior
  • STAR
  • Veteran's

The assessment department has the duty of preparing and filing an annual Roll to the public of which all local tax rates are derived. The Assessor is charged with ensuring that all properties are assessed at a uniform percentage of value and the tax burden is distributed in direct proportion of the value of Real Property. 

The assessment department conducts a thorough review of all deed transfers and updates ownership and inventory in addition to maintaining the official Town Tax Maps. The Assessor assigns house numbers in compliance with Westchester County 911 and New Castle Police Department.

Department Objective

To ethically serve the residents of the Town of New Castle with respect, integrity, consistency, and fairness to the best of our ability.

Performance Objectives

  • Continue the practice of good communication and flow of information between the Assessor's office, residents, and town agencies through community outreach and informational meetings.
  • Continue the use of new technology to reduce operating costs while improving overall performance.
  • Maintain and defend an equitable Town Assessment Roll whereby all properties are assessed at a uniform percentage of market value. All assessment complaints must be investigated and frivolous complaints defended and discouraged. Assessment reductions that are warranted should be incorporated in the Tentative Assessment Roll when all possible.
  • Maintain a positive public relations program regarding assessment practices.
  • Take advantage of the educational programs provided by the Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS) and the New York State Assessor's Association to ensure full compliance with state mandated certification and licensing requirements for the Assessor and Assessment Board of Review.