The Board of Assessment Review (BAR) is a 4-5 member board of officers appointed by the City Council. They hear the formal grievances of property owners. You may submit a formal grievance if you feel your assessment is unequal, excessive, or unlawful. You may also submit a formal grievance if you feel your property classification is wrong. The Board has the ability to reduce assessments for good cause. Additionally, the Board has the authority to review exempt status, including late applications.
Property tax is a tax paid on property owned by an individual or a legal entity, such as a corporation. The tax is usually based on the value of the owned property, including land. Local governments determine real property value, tax based on value, and use these taxes to fund city services and operations.
A property assessor is a local government official who estimates the value of real property within a city. They convert that value into an assessment, which is one component in the calculation of real property tax bills. New York State law requires assessors to assess all properties at a uniform percentage of market value (RPT Law Sections 301 and 305) . If taxpayers believe their property assessment is too high, they can file a grievance to have it reviewed. You have a right to file a formal complaint with the Board of Assessment Review by the filing deadline date if you still feel your assessment is too high.
Board of Assessment ReviewSecretary of Board of Assessment Review
233 E. Washington St.
City Hall, Suite 130
Syracuse, NY 13202Phone: (315) 448-8270
Terms run for 5 years from October of the initial year to September of the expiring year.
Carl Masterpole (2017-2022)Susan Straub (2018-2023)Joseph Saya (2020-2025)