The Assessor is the local official who estimates the value of real property within the City. The Assessor’s responsibility is to prepare and maintain a fair and equitable assessment roll. This roll contains the assessed value, ownership and exemption information for the 8,400 parcels located in the City of Poughkeepsie. This assessment is one component used in the computation of tax bills. Some of the duties of the assessor are as follows:

  • Determine property use and records 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
  • Determine assessments
  • Defend or explain assessments

An assessor does not set tax rates. An assessor does not create values. The buyers and sellers determine market value, the assessor extracts the values from the sales.

Your Assessment

Each year we are required to estimate the market value of your property. It means the amount a willing buyer who did not have to buy would pay a willing seller who did not have to sell, in cash, meaning not with goods or a trade. If you agree that the market value of your property was at least as much as shown in the notice, you do not have to do anything. The tax bills you receive in August and February will be based on this value. If you have any questions about this assessment, we encourage you to contact our office and talk with one of our evaluators. We have lists of all sales in Dutchess County. You are welcome to use these lists. In this way, you can acquaint yourself with real estate market facts, as opposed to rumors, concerning what people are paying for property in your neighborhood. The taxing districts set millage rates. That’s the dollar amount of tax per 1,000 of assessed value. Your tax bill is based on your assessed value, less exemptions, times the millage rates of all taxing districts in which your property is located. Placing an assessed value on your property is our ONLY part in the taxing process.

For additional information about your assessment, please download the pamphlet below.

  Assessment Information (47.6 KiB, 1,194 hits)

The assessor’s office has continually practiced an open door policy with all City of Poughkeepsie residents.

Final Assessment Roll

Beginning in 2011, RPTL §1590 requires that assessing units post their final assessment rolls on their web site, or to provide a link to the county web site posting the final assessment roll. These rolls are updated on or around May 1st.

Final Assessment Roll (

Detailed parcel information can be found on Dutchess County’s Parcel Access application which is also updated on or around May 1st.

Real Property Tax Law §504 allows an assessor to make corrections to the tentative assessment roll after processing but prior to publication by filing a list of those corrections at the same time as the roll. Where a link indicates “Corrections,” such a list has been filed by the assessor with the County.

Equalization Rate

Current Equalization Rate: 100%
The City of Poughkeepsie is participating in the Annual Reassessment Program

Important Date

  • 3/1/ 2014 – Deadline for all exemptions and taxable status dat
  • 5/1/2014 – Tentative Assessment Roll
  • 5/27/2014 – Grievance Day ( 4th Tuesday in May)
    • 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
  • 7/1/2014 – Final Roll and Valuation Date for the next year’s assessment roll

Exemptions Available

Veterans, STAR, Aged Senior, E.D.Z., Historic, Clergy, Not for Profit

If you have not yet applied for the Star Exemption, please do so before 3/1/2011.
There are addition exemptions available for those 65 year of age and older if you meet certain income criteria. If you have any questions about the exemptions and how they might apply to you, please contact us. Exemption forms are available on the Forms and Applications page and on the O.R.P.S. web site.

Assessor’s Message

It is my goal as your appointed Assessor to provide fair assessments for all taxpayers. We are an award-winning department, recognized by the State of New York for outstanding service to all property owners in the City of Poughkeepsie. My staff and I are ready to answer any questions about the assessed value of your property and or any tax exemption programs you may be eligible for. “We are here to serve you.”

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
(845) 451-4039 Office | Fax (845) 451-4181

Assessor Downloads

  Welcome Letter (49.2 KiB, 576 hits)

  RP-425 STAR Exemption Application (146.2 KiB, 723 hits)

  Homestead Tax Option Presentation (1.4 MiB, 699 hits)

  Assessment Information (47.6 KiB, 1,194 hits)

  RP-425-IVP STAR Income Verification (128.2 KiB, 1,322 hits)

  RP-425-RNW STAR Exemption Renewal (196.9 KiB, 814 hits)

  RP-458-A Alternative Veterans Exemption (453.4 KiB, 1,224 hits)

  RP-458-A-INS Instuctions for RP-458-A (31.1 KiB, 1,219 hits)

  RP-467-INS Instructions for Senior/Enhanced STAR (40.4 KiB, 2,113 hits)

  RP-467 Senior STAR Exemption (426.4 KiB, 1,703 hits)

  RP-485-B-INS Instructions for Business Investment Exemption Application (33.7 KiB, 1,410 hits)

  RP-485-B Business Investment Exemption Application (17.6 KiB, 1,341 hits)

  RP-524 Complaint on Real Property Assessment (47.9 KiB, 1,500 hits)

  RP-524-INS Instructions (48.8 KiB, 1,288 hits)

  RP 458-B Application for Cold War Veteran's Exemption (44.3 KiB, 1,134 hits)

  RP 458-INS Instructions for Cold War Veteran's Exemption (54.5 KiB, 1,494 hits)

  RP485A Instructions for Exemption for Residential/Commercial Mixed Use (170.5 KiB, 978 hits)

  RP485A Exemption for Residential-Commercial Mixed Use (126.1 KiB, 947 hits)

  Complete Information Regarding Grieving Your Tax Assessment (1.4 MiB, 1,123 hits)

  Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemption and Enhanced Star Exemption Renewal Letter (50.7 KiB, 548 hits)