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Jay Franklin, Director
128 E Buffalo St
Annex Building C
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5517
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Department of Assessment

The Tompkins County Department of Assessment is still open for business M-F, 8:00am to 4:30pm however, we will be locking our front doors to help encourage good social distancing practices.  Please call ahead for an appointment if you want to come into our office (same minute appointments will be honored if at all possible).  All informal assessment reviews will now be done only either on-line form submission, by paper submission, or by telephone appointment.  We encourage all of those that still need to submit documentation for exemption applications to submit the paperwork through regular mail, email or fax.

The assessor is not involved in the levy, extension, collection or enforcement of local real property taxes.

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Welcome to the Department of Assessment (PDF Brochure)

Jay Franklin, Director of Assessment
Irene Kehoe, Assistant Director of Assessment 

The 2020 Preliminary Assessment Roll is now available.

File an Informal Assessment Review Application online - click here.

Download an Informal Assessment Review Applicaiton - click here.

The Department of Assessment is well aware of the issues surrounding covid-19.  The 2020 Preliminary Assessment Roll is based upon the market conditions as of July 1, 2019.  If covid-19 does adversely affect the real estate market as of July 1, 2020, we will make the necessary adjustments on the 2021 Assessment Roll.  However, legally we can not take covid-19 into consideration for the 2020 Preliminary Assessment Roll.

***Due to legislative changes, no new STAR exemptions can be granted.  All new applicants must now register with NYS for the STAR Credit Check - or call (518) 457-2036***

FAQs for the new STAR Personal Income Tax Credit

 New York State cost the taxpayers of Tompkins County over $2.41 million (since 2011) by limiting your STAR exemption savings - see how much your taxes have gone up.


Thank you for visiting the Tompkins County Department of Assessment. This office was consolidated in 1970 to provide the highest possible service at the lowest possible cost to the residents of Tompkins County. Our office is dedicated to ensuring that all properties are assessed at a uniform percentage of market value.

 We highly encourage all current and prospective property owners to review the Real Property Tax Cycle flow chart in order to be aware of all the important legal dates in our yearly process.

As always, our office is here to assist you in any way we can. 

Real Property Inventory Real Property Tax Exemptions
Mapping Resources Tax Rate Spreadsheets (Assessment Rolls)


Senior and Low Income Disability Exemption Income Limits
Veteran Exemption Scale
All Local Option Exemptions by taxing jurisdiction