Tax Collector

Collector: Susan Hilgendorff
Deputy: Linda Kuever
Phone: 518-622-3120 Ex 110



The Town of Cairo property tax bills will be in the mail by the end of December 2019.  We cannot speak for the postal service.  If you do not receive your bill within the first two weeks of January, please contact this office ASAP @ 518-622-3120 Ex 110.


Pay at the Cairo branch of The Bank of Greene County: (JANUARY ONLY) during regular business hours.

Pay at the office:  512 Main Street, Cairo–OFFICE HOURS FOR JAN. & FEB.: M-F 9AM-3PM

Pay by mail to: Susan Hilgendorff, Tax Collector, Town of Cairo, PO Box 319, Cairo, NY 12413.  Payments made by mail must be postmarked by the last day of the month due.  No postdated checks will be accepted.

 A $35 charge will be added to the total bill for returned checks.

View, download and pay online: Use the E-payment service and pay with credit card, debit card or e-check (convenience fees will be assessed) by clicking on the “View and/or Pay Your Taxes Here” link at the top of this page.

PLEASE NOTE: Every credit card company charges vendors who accept their cards a fee for the privilege. Because we are a municipality, by law we are NOT allowed to pay these fees. So if you wish to use the online payment system, convenience fees will be assessed as follows:

VISA (credit); MasterCard & Discover (credit & debit)…2.45% per transaction (minimum fee $3.95)
ATM/Network debit cards (PIN-debit only)…2.45% per transaction (minimum fee $3.95)
VISA-consumer debit cards…$3.95 per transaction
Electronic checks/ACH…$1.75 per transaction


Please be aware that after January 31, 2020 there are penalties added as indicated on your bill.

Tax payments will be received without penalty until January 31, 2020 or with a US Postal Service Date stamp of January 31, 2020.  Payments made after January 31, 2020  must include the appropriate penalty as indicated on the tax bill. Payments will be accepted through July 31, 2020  at which time the unpaid bills will be submitted to the County for collection.  Taxpayers should contact the Greene County Treasurer’s Office for payment information @ 518-719-3530.

A WORD ABOUT POSTMARKS: NYS Real Property Law states that we must respect the postmark on payments.  Therefore, when you pay your taxes near the end of a month PLEASE MAKE SURE the post office staff stamps the envelope in your presence which will guarantee the postmark.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS regarding STAR, Senior and Veteran exemptions, or property assessment please contact the Sole Assessor, Janice Hull @ 518-622-3120 X252 or email her at

IF YOUR ADDRESS HAS CHANGED, please go to the “Change of Address Form” link at the top of the page and fill out your updated information.  This will then be forwarded on to the Assessor’s office.

NEW OWNERS, please notify us ASAP with your mailing address so bills can be forwarded to you in a timely fashion.



Dear Town of Cairo Property Owners,

2020 County/Town Tax Bills have been processed and mailed.  All tax rates, tax calculations and amounts due are stated correctly on the bill.

Two (2) informational items included on your 2020 Town/County tax bill are shown incorrectly.  The informational items do NOT affect the tax rates, tax calculations or amounts due.  The informational items shown on the bill should have been as follows:

  •  County “Total Tax Levy” 27,309,370 and “% Change Prior Year” is 1.7
  • Cairo Fire District “Total Tax Levy” 484,909 and the “% Change Prior Year” is 2.6

We apologize for any inconvenience or concerns this may have caused.


Raymond T. Ward, Director

Nancy McCoy, Deputy Director


Did you know facts.

Did you know...

Cairo was home to some of the first Ski Slopes in Greene County, pre-dating the mountain runs of Hunter & Windham.   Rope tows provided skiers with a ride to the highest points, and the downhill trails were significantly less challenging than those today. These somewhat humble facilities were set up to provide outdoor activities that would draw guests to Boarding Houses in winter months. Their popularity validated and inspired the development of the modern Ski Resorts in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains.