Tax Assessor


 Assessors are local government officials who estimate the value of real property within a county, city, town, or village's boundaries.

It is the responsibility of the assessor to provide property owners with fair and accurate assessments. To estimate the market value of property, the assessor must be familiar with the local real estate market.
Reassessments of all property in the community are the best way for the assessor to ensure you are assessed fairly. During a reassessment, assessors may physically re-inspect and reappraise all properties.

The assessor records your property value on the assessment roll. You should check the assessment roll annually to ensure you are assessed fairly and that you are receiving the exemptions for which you are eligible for.

In addition to valuing property, assessors have the following responsibilities:

  • Inspect new construction and major improvements to existing structures to ensure accurate property descriptions and valuations
  • Approve Enhanced STAR applications & Input data into the State's automated IVP (Income Verification Program) system for those property owners currently receiving Basic STAR Exemption.
  • Administer exemption including: Senior Citizen, Disability & Veterans-applications & renewals must be in the Assessors' Office no later than Mar 1st in any given year!
  • Use software to administer their various responsibilities
  • Attend all public grievance hearings of the Board of Assessment Review and present evidence in support of the municipality's assessments
  • Prepare evidence for Small Claims Assessment Review hearings
  • Review real estate sale data for accuracy
  • Assessors keep current with Assessment Procedures/Administration by taking required 12credits of continuing education yearly with the DTF Dept. of Tax & Finance.

  • New Applicants for Basic and Enhanced STAR

    Beginning 03/02/2015 new Basic and Enhanced Star applicants must register with New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to receive a STAR check, see STAR Credit

Contact Us

  1. Vernon Brand

    Sole Assessor, Massena

    Town Hall

    60 Main Street, Room 8

    Massena, New York 13662

    Phone: 315-769-6924

    Staff Directory

Click Links Below for:

Register for STAR Credit Check Program with the Dept. of Taxation & Finance @ 518-457-2036
STAR Registration

St. Lawrence County

Tax lookup for the public: Tax Lookup website

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*New* Public Access (Free)

-Parcel information updated once a year (Matches final assessment roll) St Lawrence County Public Access

Grievance RP-524 Form
Grievance RP-524 Form-Instructions
How To Estimate Market Value of your Home
How Assessors Determine Property Values
Search Property Sales by Municipality
Municipal Profile: New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services

Grievance Booklet

Grievance Procedures

You can CLICK HERE for more information on New York's property tax system.