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Finger Lakes area residents pay among highest property taxes

Finger Lakes residents pay some of the highest property taxes in the state, a new report from an Albany think tank shows.

The Empire Center for Public Policy reports the median effective tax rate per $1,000 in the Finger Lakes region, which includes Rochester, is $35.16, the third-highest in the state. Western New York residents pay $36.46 per $1,000 in property value, while those in Central New York pay $35.23.

The median tax rate statewide is $31.70, excluding New York City and Nassau County.

Within the Finger Lakes region, the Orleans County village of Medina has the highest effective property tax rate of $57.48 per $1,000 of home value. The median home value in the village is $73,000. Four other Orleans County towns and villages also are among the Finger Lakes region’s top 20 tax rates.

In Monroe County, the village of Brockport has the 12th highest property taxes in the region. The median tax rate is $50.10 per $1,000. East Rochester residents pay $49.75 per $1,000 of property value, and the median home value is $95,300.

Rounding out the region’s top 20 property tax rates is the Wyoming County town of Perry, where residents pay $47.13 per $1,000 of property value.

The least expensive property taxes in the Finger Lakes region are paid by Canandaigua residents, where the effective tax rate per $1,000 is $24.42. The majority of the region’s lowest property tax rates were in Ontario and Yates counties, the report states.

The highest property tax bills on median-value homes in 2015 primarily were in Pittsford, Mendon and Victor, the report shows. Within the town of Pittsford, Brighton school district, homeowners paid $38.79 per $1,000 of property value, with a median home value of $259,500.

The report is based on data collected annually by the Office of the State Comptroller.

“By showing taxpayers how their tax rates stack up against what their neighbors are paying, we hope to encourage local officials to search for ways of reducing taxes and spending,” said Empire Center executive director Tim Hoefer.

(c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail rbj@rbj.net.

One comment

  1. The title of this article has me confused. I have always been under the impression that we Finger Lakes area residents (specifically, Town of Victor within the Victor School District) have some of the lowest tax rates in the state. So I took a look at the full report from the Empire Center for Public Policy. When searching for Victor, you do come across several entries in several different tables. This is due to the combination of Town and School District. Granted, if you live in Victor but are within either the Pittsford, Honeoye Falls-Lima or Bloomfield School Districts then you do have a higher tax bill. If, on the other hand, you live in the Town of Victor and are within the Victor School District, you get to be number 18 on the “BOTTOM 20 Effective Property Tax Rates” table. Go Blue Devils.

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