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General Government & Community Support

(Includes: Elections, Public Works- Roads/Bridges/Highways, Taxes- Real Property & Others)

Q.   How can I find out about e-filing?

Click Here to visit the website of the Internal Revenue Service to find information about e-filing.

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Q.   Is all Real Estate assessed?

Yes.  The assessor must assess all real property (including hospitals, schools, government owned buildings, etc.) within his or her assessing unit.  The only exceptions are roads and public rights of way.

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Q.   Does Dutchess County sell the tax liens filed in the Dutchess County Clerk's Office?

No, we hold the lien and collect 12% interest.

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Q.   Does the Commissioner of Finance accept the US postmark as the payment date?

Yes. But not from a postage meter.

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Q.   When are property taxes due?

County and town taxes can be paid without penalty by February 28th to the Town Tax Collector or Receiver.  Note: Some towns extend this deadline for seniors on Social Security.  Check with the individual town.  See the Tax Collection Calendar on Finance's webpages  -or-  for more info contact: (845) 486-2025, Option 1.

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Q.   Who is my tax collector?

The Dutchess County Real Property Tax Service Agency provides a list of Municipal Tax Collectors on their webpages.

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Q.   Can I pay my property taxes in installments?

County and Town taxes can be paid in installments only in the Towns of Hyde Park, Poughkeepsie and Wappinger.  In all other towns, you must pay in full.

For more info contact: (845) 486-2025, Option 1.

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Q.   How do I make a bid on county owned property that is being auctioned?

Do research on properties on the surplus list. For example, consider whether the local municipality will allow you to use the property the way you want to use it.  If you have never bid before, it is a very good idea to consult with an attorney. Once you have completed your research and determined what you would like to pay for the property, make an offer using the Purchase Bid Form (.pdf) and the Private Bid Terms of Sale Form (.pdf).

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Q.   Where can I find information about the types of property tax exemptions available to senior citizens?

View the Dutchess County Real Property Tax Service Agency's Local Options in Exemption Administration webpage that explains the types of exemption options available to persons over 65.  You can also visit the website of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to access additional information regarding Senior Citizens' exemptions as well as downloadable application and renewal application forms. 

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Q.   What happens after I pay for property obtained through the county's property auction?

Upon written acceptance of your bid and receipt of payment in full, signed NY State Forms, and signed Purchase Bid Form and Private Bid Terms of Sale Form, Legislative approval must be obtained. This process can take 2 - 3 months. After the Legislature adopts the resolution and the County Executive signs the resolution, the County Attorney’s office will prepare a deed. The Commissioner of Finance will then file your deed along with the required NY State forms that you signed when you paid for the property. You do not have to be present. The County Clerk will record your deed and return the original document to you.

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Q.   How and when do I apply for the STAR program?

View the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance's informational webpages and application forms relating to the STAR program.

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Q.   How can I obtain information on sales tax?

Specific sales tax questions can be directed to the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance at 1-800-225-5829 or on their web site http://www.tax.state.ny.us/.

For more info contact: (845) 486-2033.

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Q.   How can I get a list of property the County has acquired for back taxes?

Visit the webpages of the Real Property Tax Service Agency.

For more info contact: (845) 486-2025, Option 1.

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Q.   What is the address and phone number of the Commissioner of Finance?

The address and phone number of the Commissioner of Finance is:
     22 Market Street, 3rd floor
     Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
     (845) 486-2025

If you have additional questions, please call any of the following numbers:
486-2026,  486-2027,  486-2028,  486-2029, 486-2073 or  486-2040
       -or-
e-Mail our department at:
     rptaxfinance@co.dutchess.ny.us  (tax information)
     accountingfinance@co.dutchess.ny.us (general information)

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Q.   What is the current tax rate in my school district and/or municipality?

View our Tax Billing Information webpage to access current county, municipal and school tax rates in Dutchess County.

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Q.   How do I challenge my assessment?

If you believe that the assessment for your property is incorrect, you should contact the tax assessor in your municipality to express your concerns regarding your assessment. There are two links that will be helpful to you in challenging your assessment.  First, view our Municipal Assessors webpage  to get contact information for your assessor.  Next, get step-by-step instructions for challenging your assessment, from the New York State Office of Real Property Services webpages.

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Q.   Is there a minimum bid on county owned property that is being auctioned?

No, the Commissioner of Finance takes market value and the amount of tax arrears into consideration when making a decision on each bid.

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Q.   How can I see the assessed value of houses comparable to mine?

This is public information.  Assessment information is now available online using  ParcelAccess,  Dutchess County's tax parcel information retrieval and mapping system service.  You can also visit the Dutchess County Real Property Tax Service Agency, 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, or your local assessor's office.

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Q.   What happens to property that does not close after the annual auction of county owned property?

When a property has been offered for auction once and does not close, it becomes surplus property. The Commissioner of Finance will consider written bids only, to purchase any of the properties on the Surplus List.

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Q.   Where can I find information about the types of property tax exemptions available to senior citizens?

View Local Options in Exemption Administration for Persons Over 65 for an explanation of the types of exemption options available to persons over 65.  You can also visit the website of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to access additional information regarding Senior Citizens' exemptions as well as downloadable application and renewal application forms.

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Q.   What is “Real Property?”

For the purpose of general discussion, "Real Property" is synonymous with "Real Estate."  Real Property is real estate (i.e. land, buildings, trees, minerals, etc.) and the rights associated with owning real estate.

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Q.   When is a tax lien considered a tax lien?

County and Town taxes (including special district taxes) are considered a lien on the property on January 1 of the year in which the tax bill was issued.

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Q.   How and where do I pay property taxes?

Taxes are payable to Towns, School Districts & Villages.  Delinquent taxes are payable to the Dutchess County Commissioner of Finance.

For more info contact: (845) 486-2025, Option 1.

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Q.   Who is my assessor?

The Dutchess County Real Property Tax Service Agency provides a list of Municipal Assessors on their webpages. 

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Q.   Does Dutchess County collect property taxes for the two cities in Dutchess County?

No, the City of Beacon and the City of Poughkeepsie collect and enforce their own taxes.

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Q.   What is the STAR program?

STAR is the New York State School Tax Relief Program.  It provides a partial exemption from school property taxes for most homeowners in New York, for their primary residence.  Visit the New York State Office of Real Property Service's informational webpages, relating to the STAR program.

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Q.   How are penalties and interest calculated on property taxes?

Penalties are usually 5% and interest is calculated at 12% per annum.

For more info contact: (845) 486-2025, Option 1.

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Q.   When is the annual auction of county owned property conducted?

The annual auction on county owned properties is usually conducted in October. For more information contact the Dutchess County Finance Department at (845) 486-2025, Option 1.  For detailed information on tax foreclosed properties, includng parcel photographs, visit  Haroff Auction & Realty.

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Q.   Does the Commissioner of Finance accept credit card payments?

No, we do not accept credit card payments at this time.

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Q.   What is the current County sales tax rate?

The County sales tax is collected by the State of New York and is distributed between County, State and MTA.  The rate applies to things that are subject to sales tax;  the State is the authority that determines what is exempt from sales tax and what is not.  For the current rate and additional information, click Here.

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Q.   Does Dutchess County collect Hotel Occupancy Taxes?

Hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts operating in Dutchess County must be registered with the Commissioner of Finance.  They are required to collect hotel occupancy taxes from their guests on the County’s behalf.  See Finance's webpage Hotel Occupancy Taxes  -or-  for more info contact: (845) 486-2033.

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Q.   What is an Assessment?

An assessment is an estimate of the value of a piece of real property established for the purpose of taxation.  The assessment can be at market value, or at some fraction of market value.  All properties in the assessing unit must be valued at the same fraction (percentage) of market value.

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Q.   Why does Dutchess County do a title search on my property?

If your property has unpaid taxes and is on the List of Delinquent Taxes, and remain unpaid for 4 months, we do a title search in preparation for the notification process that takes place during the final 90 days of foreclosure.

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Q.   Where do I obtain a tax map certification?

Tax map certification may be obtained in the office of the Commissioner of Finance, 3rd Floor, 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, New York.  Certification includes all tax currently collectible, without penalty, at the time of the request.  The fee for the certification is $15.00.

For more info contact: (845) 486-2025, Option 1.

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Q.   How do I contact the auctioneer of the county owned property auction?

The auctioneer at this time is  Haroff Auction & Realty. They can be reached at 1-800-292-7653  -or-  via email at haroff@aol.com.  They provide a brochure and have informational meetings prior to the auction.

For more info contact: (845) 486-2025, Option 1.

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Q.   How do a get a sign erected on a road?

First determine the ownership of  the road. To have a sign posted on a county road, call the Dutchess County Department of Public Works - Engineering Division at (845) 486-2925.  For a New York State road, contact the local NYS Department of Transportation - Traffic & Safety Division at (845) 575-6040. For a town or city road, contact the appropriate municipality. View our list of local municipal contact numbers.

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Q.   How can I get the speed lowered on my road?

To lower or change the speed limit on a road is a complicated process. First, the town board whose jurisdiction the road falls under must pass a resolution requesting the change. The resolution is then forwarded to the County Department of Public Works Engineering Division for a recommendation. Lastly, the request passes to the NYS Department of Transportation for a final determination.

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Q.   How can I tell who is responsible for maintaining a particular road or section of a road (potholes, paving, snow removal, etc.)?

Our list of County-owned highways include center line mileage and lane mile breakdowns.

The County's GeoAccess System can also be used to determine whether an area of road falls under the jurisdiction of the County's Highway Division.

  • Open GeoAccess
  • Click on the Zoom In tool in the top left Navigation Toolbar, then draw a box around the area on the map containing the portion of the road you're interested in - County roads appear in orange; State/Federal roads appear in red; Local roads appear in gray
  • To determine ownership of a portion of a road, click on the appropriate spot on the map
  • Select each result listed in the pop-up box that appears to view in the table listed in the lower left the range of "low" and "high" addresses associated with that road
  • Scroll down to the "CLASS" item to show road ownership
    • CNT = County
    • LCL = Local
    • STA = State
    • PRV = Private

Please note: If you feel the information that GeoAccess has provided as to whether or not a road or road segment is County-owned, contact the Department of Emergency Response (845) 486-2080.

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Q.   What is the latest road condition information (closures, construction, etc.)?

The New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Police's Hudson Valley Transportation Management Center's (HVTMC) Hudson Valley Traveler (HVT) provides traffic information  such as incident and congestion reports for Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Columbia, and Ulster counties.

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Q.   Who do I call about a streetlight that is out?

First you must determine who is responsible for maintaining the light.  As a general rule, if the streetlight pole is wooden then Central Hudson Gas and Electric (845) 452-2000 is responsible for the light repair.  If the pole is metal, then maintenance falls under the jurisdiction of a municipality or possibly a private owner.  Many residential subdivisions have streetlights that are owned and maintained by a homeowner's association in which case you would need to contact the association for repair.  

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Q.   I saw a dead animal along the road. Is there someone I can call to pick it up?

First you must determine what entity is responsible for maintaining the road in question:  either the local municipality, or the county, or the state. The County's GeoAccess System can be used to determine whether an area of road falls under the jurisdiction of the County's Highway Division.

  • Click on the GeoAccess icon that appears at the top of the Public Works homepage to bring up the GeoAccess window.
  • Click on the Search button at the top right of the GeoAccess window
  • Select Roads_dc from the dropdown box as the search layer (Step 1.)
  • Select the road in question from the next dropdown box (Step 2.)

 

A table appears under Roads_dc at the bottom of the page giving a range of "low" and "high" addresses for the road.  Determine the correct range, then select the correspponding number in the left column titled "Zoom In".  County roads will appear in green; state roads will appear in yellow; interstate roads will appear in red; those roads whose jurisdiction is undetermined will appear in black.  For a more detailed legend, click on the "Legend" button at the top left of the window.

Once you’ve determined which entity is responsible for the road, contact the appropriate Highway Department.  Click on the following links to access contact information for: municipal highway departments, the County highway department and the NYS Department of Transportation.

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Q.   What is the property tax schedule?

Information about property tax schedule payment dates as well as other tax billing information can be found by clicking on the following links:

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Q.   How can I challenge an assessment?

If you feel your assessment does not accurately reflect the value of your property you should first discuss the issue with your assessor informally.  If you are still not satisfied you can file a grievance. 

The publication What To Do If You Disagree With Your Assessment can be found at NYS ORPS web site and will help with grievance procedures.

Grievance day is the fourth Tuesday of May for most towns in Dutchess County.  Some towns have grievance a day or two later for administrative reasons.  You should check with your assessor's office to be certain of the exact date.

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Q.   How can I access the IRS database of income tax FAQs?

Use the IRS's Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to get help with your questions.

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Q.   Can I pay my property taxes with a credit card?

Certain municipalities have procedures in place by which you can pay for your taxes with a credit card, often through a third party and with an added fee charged.  To find out about the tax payment policies in your municipality, call the receiver of taxes directly.  Click Here to access a list of municipal tax collection contacts.

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Q.   Where can I get income tax forms online?

Click Here to access income tax forms from the IRS.

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Q.   How can I access the New York State database of income tax FAQs?

Click Here to access New York State’s large database of income tax questions.

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Q.   Where can I obtain an absentee ballot?

To access information on absentee ballots as well as information about voter registration, polling places, casting write-in votes, downloading forms, and voting if you are ill or disabled, please visit the website of the Dutchess County Board of Elections.

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Q.   When are Campaign Finance filings due?

For Campaign Finance filing deadlines, as well as other information, please visit the New York State Board of Elections website's Campaign Finance section.

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Q.   How will I know if I am properly registered to vote?

All voters are mailed a "voter check card" in September. New voters receive a confirmation in the mail shortly after the registration is processed.

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Q.   How do I become a poll worker?

To access information on how to become a poll worker, please visit the website of the Dutchess County Board of Elections.

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Q.   Where can I obtain a sample ballot?

Links to sample ballots will be posted on the Board of Election's website as soon as they are available. For the General Elections  in November, there will be around 75 or 80 different ballots in Dutchess County. For the Primary Elections in September, a few dozen different ballots.

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Q.   How soon before an election can I register and be allowed to vote?

You can register to vote anytime, however, new voters  should consult the Board of Elections Calendar to see registration dates for Primary and General Elections.

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Q.   How/where do I register to vote and where is my polling place?

To access information on voter registration, polling places, absentee ballots, casting write-in votes, downloading forms, and voting if you are ill or disabled, please visit the Dutchess County Board of Election's Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

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