School Tax Information

2018/2019 SCHOOL TAX INFORMATION

Tax Collector
Jean Barber
Berlin Central School District Business Office
Email:  taxcollector@berlincentral.org  (Preferred)
Phone:  (518) 658-1500, Option 8, Ext 1021 (Daily, M-F)

Call volumes are high and will be returned as quickly as possible in the order they are received.
(Please include your name, taxpayer name (spell last name), tax map number and/or full property address, return phone number including area code and a brief reason for your call.

2018/2019 SCHOOL TAX BILLS HAVE BEEN MAILED
If you have not received your bill by September 10, 2018, please contact me.

VIEW AND PRINT YOUR TAX INFORMATION ONLINE
View and print your tax information and paid receipt online at www.taxlookup.net.
Select “Rensselaer” County; then select “Berlin”; Search your property.
(Please allow up to 7 to 10 business days after our receipt to see paid status).

PAY YOUR TAX BILL
By Mail:
BCSD Tax Collector
P.O. Box 259
Berlin, NY 12022

By Credit/Debit Card:  Go to www.taxlookup.net
(ONLINE)  Select “Rensselaer” County; then “Berlin”; Search your property.
Scroll to bottom of Payment History Box and select, “Make a Payment”.
For assistance, please call Community Payments at 1-800-775-3101.
Do NOT call the tax collector
MasterCard, Visa and Diners Club accepted.
A 3% processing fee is collected by the third party administrator.

By Courier:
Berlin Central School District
Attn:  Tax Collector
17400 State Route 22
Cherry Plain, NY 12040

In Person:
Tuesday, September 18, 2018   3 – 7 PM
Tuesday, September 25, 2018   3 – 7 PM

Berlin Middle/High School
17400 State Route 22, Cherry Plain, NY 12040
(Use North Door – Rm 121 – Third door on left)
Bring exact change if paying in cash.

RECEIPT FOR PAID TAXES
If you would like a receipt for taxes paid by mail, be sure to enclose your entire tax bill, check the receipt box and return with your payment.  Your original tax bill will not be returned.  Please allow up to three weeks for your paid receipt in the mail before contacting the tax collector.  Call volumes can become very high with these inquiries.  Most often, you can check your bank account to see if we have received and processed your payment.

TAX COLLECTION SCHEDULE / PENALTIES

No Penalty Payment received or postmarked on or before October 2, 2018
2% Penalty* Payment received or postmarked October 3, 2018  through October 31, 2018
Payments received or postmarked after October 31, 2018 will be returned to sender unpaid.
Unpaid taxes are turned over to Rensselaer County and subject to an additional 7% penalty.
Please call Rensselaer County Bureau of Finance, (518) 270-2754 or (518) 270-2755 regarding delinquent taxes after November 15, 2018.
*If penalty is due and not received, your payment will returned unpaid.
NO PARTIAL PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
RETURNED CHECKS WILL BE SUBJECT TO A PROCESSING FEE.

CHECK YOUR PAYMENT FOR ACCURACY
Be sure to double-check your payment before mailing:
Is the payment amount correct?  (numbers and written word)
Did you include the 2% penalty due if during the period October 2, 2018 – October 31, 2018?
Is it dated correctly?
Is it signed?
Do you have the correct mailing address?
Is it November 1, 2018 or later?  STOP. The school tax collector can no longer accept your payment.  See the Tax Collection Schedule section above.

IS YOUR MAILING ADDRESS CORRECT?
Please check the mailing address on your tax bill.  If you use a post office box for mail delivery, be sure to request that your mailing address be changed to the post office box number and corresponding city and zip code.  Please include your address change with your payment.  Address change requests will be forwarded to the proper Town assessor and also to the Rensselaer County Bureau of Tax Services.  Should your address change any other time, be sure to update both your Town assessor (contact info above) and the County Office (call (518) 270-2780 for address changes).

CONTACT YOUR TOWN ASSESSOR
Please remember that the school acts as the “collector” of taxes.  Questions or concerns regarding assessments or exemptions should be directed to the assessor of the town in which your property is located:

Town Phone
Berlin (518) 658-2162  (1st, 2nd & 3rd Monday 6 – 8 PM)
Grafton (518) 279-3565
Petersburgh (518) 658-3777  Ext 16
Poestenkill (518) 658-5100  Ext 106
Stephentown (518) 733-9195  Ext 1

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS