The Assessor is responsible for maintaining the property records for all real property within the Town of Owego. Real Property is defined as the land and all things attached to the land. The job of the Assessor is to ensure that each property in the Town of Owego is equitably assessed so that the owner pays no more than his or her fair share of the tax levy. The Assessor does not establish tax rates. The rates are determined by the budgets of your local Village, Town, and County municipalities. For information regarding New York State’s new income limit for Basic STAR Exemption click here.
Richard J. Pedro is the Assessor for the Town of Owego. He was appointed by the Town Board as provisional Assessor on 01/31/2022 due to the retirement of the previous Assessor on April 22, 2022.
Town Clerk hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00AM to 4:30PM
This office accepts various forms of proof of residency such as your driver’s license, or a piece of mail – such as a utility bill – mailed to you at your new address.
The reason why we ask for this is because New York State requires that Star exemptions, veteran’s exemptions, senior exemptions, etc. only be granted on the property where you actually reside, your primary residence. Many people own multiple properties but only one of them is considered to be your primary residence and is eligible for certain exemptions.
Yes, we collect exemption applications throughout the year. However, March 1st is the deadline for that year’s assessment file.
Each year the Tioga County Office of Real Property Tax Services uses our assessment file to print the Village, school, and Town & County tax bills. The printing is done about 3-4 weeks before the bills are mailed out. If the deed for the property is filed close to the time of the printing, there isn’t enough time to get the files updated so that the new owner’s name appears on the bill. Always feel free to contact this office if you have a question about your property records.