Tax Collector

Collector: Susan Hilgendorff
Deputy: Linda Kuever
Phone: 518-622-3120 Ex 110
Email: taxcollector@townofcairo.com

 

 

AS OF 3/16/2020, DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION, CAIRO TOWN HALL WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  You may continue to:

Pay by mail to: Susan Hilgendorff, 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.

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 remember to include your current penalty as indicated on your bill.

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

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 KEEP THESE CONVENIENCE FEES IN MIND WHEN SELECTING THIS PAYMENT OPTION

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 assessor@townofcairo.com

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.

 

GREENE COUNTY REAL PROPERTY TAX SERVICE ISSUED THIS STATEMENT ON 1-2-2020:

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.

Sincerely

Raymond T. Ward, Director

Nancy McCoy, Deputy Director

 

Did you know facts.

Did you know...

Tourism has been Cairo’s largest industry since the 1800’s. It was one of the first towns in the area to develop ski slopes and trails. Many of the regular visitors have made the conversion to seasonal or permanent residents.

The Cairo Railroad provided freight transportation to the industries in town starting in 1884. Early cargo consisted of locally mined bluestone, and hay and fruit from the local farms. In 1894 the Catskill Shale Brick Company became the railroads primary customer until the plant closed in 1914. The lack of steady freight and the increasing improvements to the local highways resulted in the termination of service at the end of the 1918 tourist season.

(Paraphrased from: https://cairochamberofcommerce.weebly.com/.)