The Village fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31. Tax bills are mailed
on June 1 and are payable to the Village Tax Collector during the month
of June without penalty. A 5% penalty is added in July and an
additional 1% each month thereafter until October. On November 1, all
unpaid village taxes are turned over to the County Treasurer for
collection. Village taxes may not be paid to the Village Tax Collector
after October 31. Please contact the Montgomery County Treasurer's
Office (518-853-8175) for more details.
Call the Village Office if you have not received your bill by June 7 to
request a duplicate. If your taxes are paid with your mortgage, please
forward the bill to your mortgage company.
If you feel your assessment is too high, you have the right to seek a
reduction in the future. For further information, please ask your
assessor for the booklet, "How to File A Complaint on Your Assessment".
Please note if the period for filing complaints on assessments has
passed. For your legal residence, you may be eligible for a senior
citizen tax exemption. For information please call 518-853-4164 or
write the Town of Mohawk Assessor PO Box 415, Fonda, NY 12068 or a
member of the Board of Assessors Town of Mohawk (see contact information
below) or the Real Property Tax Service Agency at the County Annex
If you are disabled or age 65 or older and own and occupy a 1, 2, or 3
family residence, you may designate a consenting adult third party to
receive duplicate copies of your tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes
until further notice. An application is available at the Village Office
and must be filed by April 1st. The application form
may also be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped legal sized
envelope to your local tax collector or the Montgomery County Real
Property Tax Service Agency, PO Box 1500, Fonda, NY 12068 or online
Town of Mohawk Assessor
2-4 Park Street PO Box 415
Hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Local Law No. 2 of the year 1995 terminated The Village Of Fonda’s
Status as an assessing unit for the purposes of Real Property Tax
purposes and passes it on as a Town Assessor responsibility. Any and
all forms dealing with exemptions and assessments should be forwarded to
the Town of Mohawk Assessor.
Board of Assessment Review Members
Chairman - Florence Stanton
- Steve Cook
- Edward Calhoun
- Rodd Hicks
- Clark Subik
Board of Assessment Review Function
The Board of Assessment review meets to process requests for review
that are filed each year in response to property tax assessments and is
charged with guaranteeing property owners' rights to fair and impartial
decisions regarding property assessments. The Town Board appoints board
member for five-year terms on a staggered basis.
Board of Assessment Review
2-4 Park Street, P.O. Box 415
Fonda, NY 12068
Phone: Town Clerk (518) 853-3031
The tax collector is responsible for
the collection of property taxes for approximately 316 parcels. All
powers and duties of this office, as well as collection procedures are
statutory and defined in the New York State Real Property Tax Law.
Any inquiries are welcome pertaining to
collection policies as well as general tax information. Assistance is
provided to residents, realtors, lending institutions, title companies and
other entities that may require tax information.
Please remember to send the entire
bill page back with your payment. The top part of the bill be stamped
PAID and will be returned to you as your payment receipt. If you mail your
payment in, the envelope must be postmarked by the Post Office cancellation
on or before the due date to avoid any late penalty charges. Please
mark any address changes on your bill so future bills will be correctly
addressed. For more information or if you do not receive a tax bill, please call 518-853-4335 x20.
During property tax collection, hours
to pay in person are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for
months of June through October. Additionally for your convenience taxes
can be paid (check or money
order only) via the drop box outside the front office door at 8 E. Main
Street. When property taxes are due on a Saturday, Sunday or public
holiday (as defined by section 24 of the General Construction Law), the
last day to pay without interest becomes the next succeeding business
Duties of the Office
of Tax Collector: Before entering upon
the duties of this office, it is required that all tax collecting officers take
the Constitutional Oath of Office. In addition, an official undertaking of
bond, which guarantees the faithful performance of the office must be executed
and filed in the Village Clerk’s Office. Once the collector has taken the oath
and executed the bond, she or he becomes an insurer and guarantor of all
monies, securities, papers and records that the law provides shall be in his or
The Collector of Taxes collects the
General Property Taxes starting on or about June 1. The tax bill covers the
period of June 1 to May 31. Payments can be made upon receipt of the bill
through July 1 without penalty. Bills paid after July 1 incur a 5% penalty. From August 1st through November 1 there is an
additional 1% penalty per month (9% in all). After November 1 all payments
must then be made to the Montgomery County Treasurer, P.O. Box 1500, Fonda, New
York; office located at 20 Park Street
Annex Building, first floor.
To assist our elderly and disabled
residents, third party notification tax bills are offered. Property
owners who are disabled or 65 years of age or older and own their home may
designate an adult consenting third party to receive duplicate copies of tax
bills and notices of unpaid taxes. In order to receive this service, one must
fill out a third party notification form RP-923, available from the tax
collector. The New York Tax Division has an online fill-in form available here: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp923_fill_in.pdf
Many residents have their taxes
escrowed with lending institutions. The County updates bank codes prior to each
billing cycle. It is the lending institution’s responsibility to notify the
County of any additions or deletions of accounts. Many banks contract with Tax
Service Organizations (TSOs), which are agencies that service escrow accounts
for the banks. These organizations provide the tax collector with a list
of their customers and their identifying account numbers. In the event that a
resident received a bill that should have gone to the bank it is still the
responsibility of the bank to call for that bill. If the bill should have gone
to the homeowner, but went to the bank, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to
know that taxes are due. Please call the tax collector immediately and they
will issue you a duplicate bill. The failure to mail a statement or the failure
of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the
taxes or interest prescribed by the law. [New York State Real Property Tax Law
§922]. If you should have received a bill, but have not by the second week in
June, please contact the tax collector for a duplicate bill.
1. I never received my bill or received
it late. Do I still have to pay the penalty?
Yes, the failure to mail a statement or
the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the
validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law [New York State Real
Property Tax Law §922]. In addition, neither the tax collector nor any other
official has legal authority to waive statutory penalty charges. These are
fixed by the Real Property Tax Law. If they are waived, the tax collecting
officer will be personally responsible. As all records are audited by State
examiners, there is absolutely no discretion in this matter. The Constitution
and the law of the State mandates the procedure.
2. If I mail my payment on the due date
do I have to pay a penalty?
New York State Real Property Tax Law
§925, provides as follows “Payment of taxes by mail, when enclosed in a
postpaid wrapper (envelope) properly addressed to the appropriate collecting
officer and is deposited in a post office or official depository under the
exclusive care and custody of the United States Post Office shall be upon
delivery, deemed to have been made to such offices the date of the United
States Postmark on such wrapper. The provisions of this section shall not
apply in the case of postmarks not made by the United States Post Office. A
postage meter postmark is not a postmark made by the United States Post Office
and, therefore is not within the provisions of Real Property Tax Law §925.
Payment cannot be deemed timely because of a postage meter postmark date on an
envelope containing a tax payment (Op New York State Comp. 69-170). If the envelope contains no postmark, then the payment is deemed to have been made on the date the payment was received. In these instances, it is up to the taxpayer to prove that the payment was made on time.
If taxes are not received until after
the due date, they are not paid until after the due date unless they fall
squarely within the provisions of Section §925 of the Real Property Tax Law,
and the penalty must be added and collected. No Village official or
employee can waive the penalty (Op. New York State Comp. 68-626).
3. Can I pay my property taxes in
No. The property tax must be paid in
full in one payment.
4. Can I pre-pay my property taxes?
No, the warrant constitutes the mantle
of authority for the collecting officer to receive the taxes. Therefore,
the warrant must be regarded as the instrument which empowers the collecting
officer to begin the collection. Collection authority cannot begin prior to the
date of the warrant.
Contact the Tax Collector: (518)
853-4335 Ext. 20 (messages only) Fax Number: (518) 853-4555, or email: