Latest Tax Update January 25, 2024
Dear Berlin CSD Tax Payers,
We wanted to provide an update to those of you who may have received an Application for Corrective Tax Roll (Form RP-554) from Rensselaer County.
Thanks to the hard work of the county, they have identified a mechanism by which the district can submit the application for correction on behalf of all those impacted, and we have done so. Thus if you received and/or have a 554 form, and have not yet submitted it, you will not need to do so. If you have already submitted it, that will have no impact either.
Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, and appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we have worked through this issue. We also wish to acknowledge the support and assistance from the county tax department, and the tax collectors from each of our municipalities.
January 12, 2024
Dear Berlin CSD Taxpayer,
It has come to our attention that errors may have occurred during the processing of school tax payments, and in some cases, payments not being properly posted or reported to Rensselaer County. You are receiving this communication, as it may have impacted your payment being processed correctly.
We want to assure you we are working to identify what caused the errors, and rectify the situation as quickly as possible. To that end, we would encourage you to contact your bank and/or escrow company as soon as possible to confirm that your payment was posted. If it was not or there appears to be a problem, please contact Dana Gardy, (firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-658-1500 ext. 1021) so she can assist you with rectifying the situation.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to rectify the situation.
Dr. Maureen A. Long
Berlin Central School District Interim Superintendent of Schools
Historical Tax Bills/Receipts
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Contact Tax Collector:
Berlin Central School District Business Office
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Phone: (518) 658-1500, Option 8, Ext 1021 (Daily, M-F)
Calls and email correspondence will be returned 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.
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, 2023.
The school tax collector does not have the authority to change addresses or names on school tax bills. To assure future tax bills have your current mailing address, send changes to the Rensselaer County Bureau of Tax Services, 1600 Seventh Ave, Troy, NY 12180, or call (518) 270-2780. You should also send your new address to your Town assessor (contact info below).
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: (See FAQ’s regarding STAR)
|(518) 658-0015 (in office 1st, 2nd & 3rd Monday 6 – 8 PM) or leave message
|(518) 658-3777 Ext 16
|(518) 658-5100 Ext 106
|(518) 733-9195 Ext 1
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How do I apply for the STAR exemption?
A. Enhanced STAR process: Senior taxpayers, call the STAR Call Center at 518-457-2036 for questions about eligibility or other aspects of the exemption.
There have been recent changes to the STAR program. To learn about the program, visit online at https://www.tax.ny.gov/star/ .
Q. I received a tax bill, but I no longer own the property. What should I do?
A. Forward to the new owner, or send the bill back to the district with the new owner’s name and mailing address. By law, it is the new owner’s responsibility to get a copy of the bill.
Q. I did not receive my tax bill. What should I do?
A. The quickest way is to click on the link at the top of this page and search for your tax bill or, contact the tax collector, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (518) 658-1500, Opt 8, Ext 1021.
Q. Why do my paid school taxes for last year show as unpaid online?
A. The School Tax Collector’s tax information is current as of payments received/postmarked by October 31st of that tax year. Subsequent tax payments made directly to the County or paid with your January Town & County tax bill are not reflected on this website.
Q. I did not receive my tax bill, or received it late. Do I still have to pay the penalty?
A. The failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law (NYS Real Property Tax Law Section 922). It is the responsibility of the property owner to know when taxes are due and payable. In addition, neither the Tax Collector nor any other official has legal authority to waive statutory interest charges. Interest charges are fixed by the Real Property Tax Law.