Assessments & Grievances

Download detailed Instructions for filing an assessment appeal


Key dates that affect the assessment process

Taxable status Date - March 1st

All properties appraised in current condition, including partially built new construction

Exemption Filing Deadline - March 1st

State Mandated-All property Tax Exemptions MUST be filed by this date-no exceptions

Tentative Roll Filed - May 1st

All changes for: Property values, property inventory, new properties, exemptions, addresses, ownership, special district charges/units and all other changes to the assessment roll are legally filed and available for public review for the first time.

Grievance Day - 4th Tuesday in May

A specific day set aside by state law for the challenge of assessment values before an
appointed Board of Assessment Review, though in a town as large as Clay, it is part of the daily process. No valuation changes can happen after Grievance Day until THE NEXT TAXABLE STATUS year. All values on the roll at this time will be utilized for the September School Tax Bill and the January Town and County bill. If no grievance was filed, no assessment changes can legally be entertained until the following taxable status year

Final Assessment Roll Filed - July 1st

Roll is permanent the September School Tax/January County and Town Tax. Nothing can change. Taxing jurisdictions now use assessment roll data to set budgets and tax rates

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Assessor of the Town of Clay, County of Onondaga, has completed his Tentative Assessment Roll for the current year; that a copy thereof has been left with the Assessors Office located at 4401 State Route 31, The  assessment roll can be viewed online only at The Assessor and/or staff will be in attendance with the Tentative Assessment Roll by phone call only during these times:

May 2nd, 2022 Clay Town Hall 4:00 PM-8:00 PM
May 14th, 2022 Clay Town Hall 8:00 AM-12 PM
May 16th, 2022 Clay Town Hall 4 PM-8 PM
May 19nd, 2022 Clay Town Hall 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

If you have decided to file for an assessment reduction, you should mail or deliver the complaint form and supporting documentation to your local assessing unit so that it arrives on or before Grievance Day.

If you mail the form, even if it is postmarked on or before Grievance Day, it is deemed to be late if it does NOT arrive by Grievance Day. Ideally, the form should arrive at least 3 business days before Grievance Day.Otherwise, the assessor can obtain an adjournment to have time to prepare a response to your complaint. The reason behind this is that due to the volume of complaints, the forms cannot be reviewed by the Assessor by Grievance Day in preparation for submission to the Board of Assessment Review.

It should be noted that a personal appearance before the Board of Assessment Review IS NOT A REQUIREMENT. All paperwork will be reviewed by the Board of Assessment Review regardless of your choice not to appear.

Grievance Day will be held on May 24th, 2022 between the hours of 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM for a total of at least 4 hours.  The Board of Assessment Review will meet at the CLAY TOWN HALL, 4401 NEW YORK STATE ROUTE 31, CLAY, NEW YORK 13041, to hear and examine all verified written complaints in relation to such assessments, on the application of any person believing himself aggrieved thereby. Grievances can be filed by U.S. mail or by email only at If procedures change due to unforseen cirumstances, that information will be posted on the town website.

Commercial Grievances

If you are filing a grievance on a commercial property, please fill out the attached forms and return a printed copy to our office:



Robert A. Bick


(315) 652-3800 x 106
(315) 652-4411
8:30AM - 4:30PM M-F

Support Staff

Mike LeMay

Assessment Clerk

Stacey Mort

Information Aide