The Assessor’s primary responsibilities are to value real property, establish and maintain a fair and equitable assessment roll. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Determine property use and ownership
  • Collect and maintain physical inventories for each parcel
  • Maintain property record cards
  • Collect new construction and demolition data
  • Maintain sales file and sales reporting system
  • Administer the various tax exemptions authorized under state and local law

It is the property owner’s responsibility to monitor their own assessments and exemptions. Taxpayers who feel they are not being fairly assessed should meet with the assessor before the tentative assessment roll is established and discuss their concerns.

If, after the tentative assessment roll is filed, you feel the assessment is too high, after comparing it to current sales that are similar, and the assessor does not agree with you, then at this point you can file a Grievance Complaint on/before grievance day and let the Board of Review decide.

The Assessor’s Office practices an open door policy for all City of Poughkeepsie property owners. Do not hesitate to contact us with your property concerns.

Exemptions Available

  • Basic STAR – Form #RP 425 – owner occupied, proof of residency required
  • Enhanced STAR – Form #RP 425 – owner occupied, 65 years of age, proof of income
  • Senior Citizens – Form #RP 467 – owner occupied, 65 years of age, proof of limited income
  • Veterans and Cold War – Form #RP 458A or 458B – owner occupied, veteran or un-remarried spouse, DD214, copy of deed
  • Persons with Disabilities and Limited Income – Form #RP 459C – owner occupied, must provide award letter or certificate of disability, proof of limited income

Exemption forms are available in the Assessor’s Office or the NYS Property Tax & Assessment Administration website, under forms and publications.

Important Links

Important Dates to Remember

  • March 1st – Deadline for all exemptions and taxable status date
  • May 1st – Tentative Assessment Roll
  • Fourth Tuesday in May – Grievance Day
    • Common Council Chambers – 3rd Floor – City Hall
    • 3 Sessions: 9 to 11am, 1 to 3pm, 7 to 9pm
      • For further information please call the office: 845-451-4039
  • July 1st – Final Roll and Valuation Date for the next year’s assessment roll


  Assessment Information

  Contesting Your Assessment in New York State

Office Hours and Location

Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm
62 Civic Center Plaza – City Hall, 2nd Floor

Contact Information

John Taylor
Commissioner of Assessment
Municipal Building
62 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-451-4039 Office | 845-451-4181 Fax