For those property owners seeking to lower their assessed value and property taxes, the most important step to take is to begin the appeal process as early as possible while meeting precise timelines and filing requirements. Some important deadlines and dates are as follows:
October 15, 2019 – Deadline to contact the contractor conducting the reassessments (ENPM, Inc.) to schedule an informal review of your reassessment.
October – November 2019 – Informal reassessment meetings take place.
December 1, 2019 – City to publish 2020 tentative assessment roll.
December 31, 2019 – Deadline to file a formal challenge of reassessed property value with the City Board of Assessment Review.
January 2020 – Hearings held by Board of Assessment Review on formal challenges.
March 2020 – The Board of Assessment Review will make a decision on the formal challenges, and produce a “final” assessment role. If not satisfied with the Board’s decision, a property owner who has made a formal challenge can request judicial review of the assessment.
Each of these steps has precise filing requirements and deadlines. A missed or incomplete filing can result in your challenge being dismissed. At Bouvier, we have a team dedicated to challenging and lowering property tax assessments in Buffalo. Our firm utilizes experienced attorneys, close relationships with City officials, and advanced statistical models to lower your assessment and property taxes. To obtain a free consultation and an estimate of your potential property tax savings, please contact Jon Pierowicz at JPierowicz@bouvierlaw.com or 716-856-1344.