2022 Grievance Applications & Process

Applications & Process

Submittal Deadline

Completed grievance applications - accompanied by all supporting documentation - must be received by the Assessor’s Office no later than the close of the Grievance Hearings on  the third Tuesday in June; no new grievance application shall be accepted upon adjournment of the Board of Assessment Review’s meeting on the third Tuesday in June . Prospective grievants are invited to contact the Assessor’s office prior to the third Tuesday in June, for assistance with completing the grievance application.

How to Submit

General requirements applicable to all grievance submissions include:

  1. All grievance applications must be received by the Assessor’s Office no later than the close of the Grievance Hearings on the third Tuesday in June.
  2. Only one grievance is legally permissible for each property.
  3. Please paper clip all pages (do not use staples). Single-sided documents are preferred.
  4. Verify that your grievance packet is complete prior to submittal.
  5. Completed grievance packets may be submitted in person or by mail (using USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.) to:
    City of Mount Vernon
    Attn: Assessor’s Office
    1 Roosevelt Square
    Room 8
    Mount Vernon, NY 10550
  6. Confirm receipt of your submission with the Assessor’s Office.
  7. To receive a stamped receipt for a grievance packet, provide a self-addressed stamped envelope as well as the summary page listing the parcel number(s), legal address(es) and property owner name(s).
  8. If requesting an appointment with the BAR, one copy of the petitioner’s Complaint on Real Property Assessments Form (RP-524 Form) (PDF), accompanied by all supporting documentation, must be submitted to the Assessor’s Office before an appointment can be scheduled.

Grievance Hearings

The Board of Assessment Review shall meet on the third Tuesday in June  (Grievance Hearings), between the hours of 4 to 8 pm and at such other time or times as may be necessary and appropriate to review the complaints, objections, or grievances brought before them in relation to the assessment roll, and for that purpose may adjourn from time to time.

Hearing Method - Zoom / In Person

Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.108 (PDF), issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be conducted via Zoom video conferencing service. Members of the public wishing to join the meeting will be able to do so by calling 929-205-6099 and entering the meeting ID, 823 6514 7103, when prompted. 

Scheduling a Hearing Appointment

It is not mandatory to testify in support of your application before the Board of Assessment Review, as they review all grievances whether the grievant appears or not, rendering a determination as to the final assessment based on the evidence included in the submission. If you wish to schedule a hearing appointment, please review the information below.

Because the Board of Assessment Review will meet to hear grievances virtually via Zoom, applications will only be heard by appointment, with each appointment limited to ten minutes. To schedule an appointment with the Board of Assessment Review, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 914-665-2325 or 914-665-2329, or by emailing the Assessor's Office. If you do not receive confirmation, your appointment has not been scheduled.

At the discretion of the Assessor, any grievance application received after 6 pm on June 15 may not be heard and considered by the Board of Assessment Review on the third Tuesday in June.

Complaint Review & Decision

Complaints are reviewed subsequent to Grievance Day by the 3-member known as the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) for five-year staggered terms.

Decisions of the BAR can be appealed to the Westchester County Supreme Court thirty days after the filing of the final assessment roll. The final assessment roll, by law, must be filed each year by August 1st. After deliberations of the BAR, all assessments changed or unchanged by the BAR, become final on August 1st.

Informal Property Assessment Grievance

The Department of Assessment goal is to ensure fair and equitable assessments for all taxpayers. In lieu of the annual Board of Assessment Review (Grievance Day). The Assessor encourages any taxpayer who would like to contest their assessed value to take advantage of our Informal Grievance Period from January 2nd through April 18th each calendar year.

Informal Grievance Filing Procedure

  1. Write a letter to the Assessor Office expressing that you would like to grieve your assessment. (Please provide your name property address, phone number and email address.)
  2. Provide an appraisal or a Comparable Market Analysis (a Realtor can provide this service). This is the best way to prove market value.
  3. You may provide any other supporting evidence i.e., pictures of interior and exterior. repairs if any?