Property Tax Assessments in Niagara County, NY

Home to a rich history, one of the natural wonders of the world, three bridge crossings to Canada, numerous wine producing vineyards and a world class casino, Niagara County is the second highest taxed County in the United States when you compare the amount of property tax paid in relation to the average cost of a home (http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/1888.html). 2.87% of the home values are paid out in property tax each year when compared to the national average of 1.04%. That’s over two and a half times the national average as is the case with most of the Counties in Western and Central New York.

The results of this weeks’ research are posted below. We used homes that sold within the past six months and took out any sales that were not arms length transactions. We also adjusted the assessment amount if the equalization rate was not 100%. Just under 700 homes were used for this weeks’ research. Niagara County has 36.4% of its single family residential homes over assessed by at least one dollar. 63.8% of the homes are under assessed by at least one dollar. The County falls right in line with Erie County when you give the assessors +/- 10% of the value to work with. The County shows 23.3% of the homes over assessed by more than 10% of the recent sale price and 42.9% under assessed by more than 10%. The National Taxpayers Union’s (NTU) statement of 30-60% of all homes being over assessed again holds true for Niagara County.

Town/                     Over                       Under                     Over                       Under          City _____           Assessed %          Assessed %           By 10%                  By 10%

Cambria                    7.1                             92.8                           0.0                         71.4

Hartland                 76.9                             23.1                         53.8                         23.1

Lewiston                 32.8                             67.1                         13.4                         43.2

Lockport City         31.9                            68.0                         20.8                         41.6

Lockport Town      16.1                             83.8                           8.1                         59.6

Newfane                  34.4                            65.5                         13.7                         51.7

Niagara Town         73.9                            26.1                         60.8                         17.3

Niagara Falls           47.6                            52.3                         35.2                         29.5

N. Tonawanda         27.5                            72.4                         12.9                         38.7

Pendleton                 38.4                           61.5                         26.9                         46.1

Porter                       21.2                            78.7                         18.1                         57.5

Royalton                  40.0                           60.0                         25.0                        35.0

Somerset                 28.5                            71.4                         28.5                         42.8

Wheatfield              49.0                            50.1                         26.4                         22.6

Wilson                     21.4                             78.5                            7.1                        64.2

Niagara Avg.       36.4                         63.8                        23.3                        42.9

If you are looking for more information on how to challenge your assessment go to LowerAssessment.com or make an appointment with your local assessor. See you next time.

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