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Town of Dryden Supervisor Reports Property Assessment Increases – Some up to 30%


Dryden Town Supervisor, Jason Leifer, provided an update to residents on the town’s monthly newsletter. In the newsletter, Leifer says Tompkins County had recently released their 2024 assessment rolls with the values applying to the towns January 2025 property taxes.

Leifer did note some of the reassessments were raised far above the 2023 increases with some properties seeing increases of 30% or more.

“I am surprised at the amount of these assessment increases and encourage everyone who has received a reassessment that they believe is inflated to appeal to the Tompkins County Assessment Office. Assessment appeals are handled at the County level and the instructions on how to appeal are in the letter you received from the County Assessment Office.”

said Town Supervisor Jason Leifer in the newsletter.

For Dryden residents who have reviewed their preliminary assessment and would like to schedule an appointment for further discussion with an appraiser from Tompkins County call 607-274-5516.

Key dates are: (1) Dryden Start of Appointments – March 4, 2024, and end of Appointments March 15, 2024, and (2) April 12, 2024, is the last day to file and ask for an appeal.

Supervisor Leifer said the assessment increases are considered shocking, but said the increase of property values do not mean the amount property owners will pay in property taxes will rise. He continued to note that with assessed values rising, townwide tax rates could go down; reiterating that this situation had happened for the Town of Dryden 2024 budget.

“The Town Board is concerned about these assessment increases, especially as they could affect property tax burdens and housing affordability for renters and buyers. We continue to look for ways to increase housing supply and attract more housing development that serves the public at large. In August, when we start to work on the 2025 budget, we will be mindful of these assessment numbers and adjust the tax rate accordingly.”

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