Assessment Department

 

Assessment

Tracy A. Farrell
Assessor

Lockport Municipal Building
One Locks Plaza
Lockport, New York 14094

Office

716.439.6614

Email

tfarrell@lockportny.gov
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By Appointment

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The Assessment Department, under supervision of the assessor, is tasked with discovery and valuation for all properties – homes, businesses and commercial – within the city, as required by the Real Property Tax Law. The assessor also processes and reviews all applications for exemptions.

Assessment guidelines are set by the New York State Office of Real Property Services, state rules and regulations and the courts and managed locally by the city assessor.

Assessment Equity Improvement Project

The City of Lockport has implemented a city-wide Assessment Equity Improvement Project. The goal of this project is to ensure all properties are assessed uniformly to ensure property owners are only paying their fair share of the tax burden.The City of Lockport has implemented a city-wide Assessment Equity Improvement Project. The goal of this project is to ensure all properties are assessed uniformly to ensure property owners are only paying their fair share of the tax burden.

This project begins in 2020 and the new full value assessments will be mailed in the spring of 2022. The new assessments will first be applied to school taxes in September 2022 and city and county taxes in December 2022.

In the ongoing effort to enhance communication and transparency with our residents, the city has created a dedicated Assessment Equity Improvement Project 2022 information page on this website to keep property owners informed throughout the process.

This office will update this special section of this website periodically with important information about the project. A series of educational web videos will be available for 24/7 viewing. Additionally, resources available to property owners will be easily accessible through this website.
If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the assessment office at 716.439.6609.

The City of Lockport Assessment Department is responsible for:

  • Locating taxable real property and collecting inventory data
  • Notifying property owners where and when data is available
  • Determining ownership of property and maintaining ownership records
  • Valuing real property
  • Processing authorized exemptions
  • Filing assessment rolls (tentative and final)
  • Preparing and submitting annual reports to the state Office of Real Property Services

For more information on the job of the assessor, visit The Job Of The Assessor – a NYS Publication – at http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/publications/orpts/assessjo.pdf.

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Who to contact with questions

  • The assessor continually communicates with the public and answers questions and concerns raised by taxpayers. Anyone can examine the assessment roll and property records at any time.
  • It is up to individual property owners to monitor their own assessment. If taxpayers have questions about their assessment, they should contact the assessor before the tentative roll is filed (June 1). In an informal setting, the assessor can explain how the assessment was determined and the rationale behind it.
  • If after speaking to the assessor, you still feel you are overassessed, the publication How to File For a Review of Your Assessment may assist you. It describes how to prepare and file a complaint with the Board of Assessment Review and indicates the time of year it can be done.

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Assessment

Tracy A. Farrell, IOA
Assessor

Lockport Municipal Building
One Locks Plaza
Lockport, New York 14094

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By Appointment

Office

716.439.6614

Email

tfarrell@lockportny.gov

Additional Information