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Village of Massena Treasurer's Office
Dan Case, Village Treasurer

*** 2010 Tax information available now. ***

The tax levy for the Village of Massena for the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2010 is $ 4,684,488.87. This is based on a taxable assessed valuation that this year totals $346,432,330, resulting in a tax rate of $ 13.403566 per thousand dollars for that portion of the Village in the Town of Massena and $14.892852 for that portion in the Town of Louisville. The Village Tax Collector is Daniel E. Case and the Deputy Tax Collectors are Laura L. Gagne and Lisa M. Tyo


Contact Information

Village of Massena Tax Office
phone 315-769-7052
fax 315-769-0257
email villagetreasurer@massenaworks.com
address Town Hall Building, 60 Main Street, Room 10-C, Massena, New York 13662


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1.  When are my taxes due?
Taxes are due to be paid without penalty by Thursday, July 1, 2010. Taxes paid after July 1, 2010 are subject to interest and penalties.    

2.  Where can I pay my taxes?
Taxes can be paid in person at Room 10-C of the Massena Town Hall, 60 Main St. between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday (except holidays).  (NOTE:  This is the second tax window, all the way down the hall if entering from Main St.  If using the elevator at the rear of the building, take the elevator to the 1st floor and upon exiting, proceed straight to the main hall and then turn left.  The Village tax window will be the first tax window you come to on your left.) Tax payments can also be deposited in the Village’s Drop Box in front of the Town Hall Building.  A receipt will be mailed to you if you use the drop box. Payments may be mailed to: Village of Massena, Town Hall Building Room 10-C, 60 Main St., Massena, NY 13662.  A receipt will be mailed to you if you indicate that you want one on your payment stub.

3.  How can I pay my taxes?
Taxes may be paid by cash (US only), your personal check, an official bank check, or a money order.  We do not accept third party checks or credit cards. We also do not accept post-dated checks.  Checks should be made payable to the “Village of Massena”.

4.  May I pay my Village taxes in installments?
Yes. Massena Village taxes may be paid in two installments. In order to avail yourself of this option, however, the first payment (one half of the total bill) must be made between June 1 and July 1, inclusive. The second payment is due by Monday August 2 with 5% interest added for the month of July. If the second payment is not made by August 2, but between August 3 and August 31, the interest rate is 6%. And if the second payment is received between September 1 and September 30, the interest rate is 7%. All payments received in September are also subject to a $2 penalty in accordance with Real Property Tax Law Sect. 987 (fees for unpaid tax notices). If the first payment is not made by July 1, the two payment option is FORFEITED and the bill must be paid in its entirety subject to all applicable interest rates.

5.  What should I do if I think that there is an error in the taxable assessed value on my tax bill or if I have a question about an exemption (STAR, Senior Citizen, Volunteer Firefighter, Veteran)?
Questions of this type should be directed to the Office of the Village Assessor in Room 4 of the Town Hall or call (315) 769-6924.    

6.  How much of a penalty will I pay if I don’t pay my taxes by July 1, 2010?
Taxes paid between July 1 and August 2, 2010 inclusive incur a penalty of 5%. Taxes paid between August 3 and August 31, 2010 inclusive incur a penalty of 6%. And taxes paid between September 1 and September 30, 2010 incur a penalty of 7% PLUS a $2.00 fee for the mailing of an “Unpaid Tax Notice” required by Section 987 of the Real Property Tax Law.

7.  What happens if I don’t pay my taxes by October 1?
Taxes that are not paid by October 1 are sent to the St. Lawrence County Treasurer’s Office in Canton for collection.  You should call 379-2234 to find out exactly how much is owed, as St. Lawrence County adds an additional 5% penalty when the taxes are returned to them for collection.  Village taxes that are not paid to the County by the end of November will be re-levied on the January Town/County tax bill with appropriate penalties added.

8.  What should I do if I don’t receive my tax bill?
Taxes become a lien on your property on June 1 whether you (or your escrow agency) receive your bill or not.  Therefore, if you are expecting to receive a bill and do not, you should contact the Village Tax Office in the Town Hall at 769-7052, ext. 231 immediately. If your bill is to be paid through an escrow account, you will receive a receipt when your payment has been received from the escrow agency.  In that all of the escrow agencies try to pay their tax liabilities during the interest free period (by July 1), if you do not receive a receipt by mid-July you should contact your escrow agency or the Village Tax Office. Unpaid Tax Notices are sent out at the end of August for any tax bills that have not been paid by then.  This Notice is required by Sect. 987 of the Real Property Tax Law.  A $2.00 fee for the mailing of this Notice is added to the total amount to be paid in September. Please note:  Properties that change ownership in late April through the end of May may not have the deed recorded soon enough in Canton to have the Village tax bill sent to the new owner or escrow agency at the proper address. Village tax bills are expected to be sent by the County to the printers in the week of May 10.  If you buy property during April or May you should be aware of this fact and contact us immediately if you do not receive a bill so as to avoid any unnecessary interest payments.  You may also want to contact your escrow agency to be sure that they have received the bill if it is supposed to go to them.

9.  What are these other charges (re-levies) on my tax bill?
The Village re-levies water, sewer, refuse and general fund charges that were not paid by March 31 onto the June Village tax bill.

10.  What if I want my tax bill sent to a different address next year?
Changes in address are handled through the Town Tax Office in Room 2 of the Town Hall.

11.  Can I check my tax bill on-line?
Yes.  Go to www.townsoft.com and click on the Look-up menu on the left hand side of the page.

Village of Massena Tax Office - Town Hall, 60 Main Street - Massena, NY 13662 - 315.769.7052 - villagetreasurer@massenaworks.com

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