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Taxes & Payments

Looking to pay your taxes online?

Paying your taxes online has never been easier! The City of Amsterdam in partnership with Xpress-pay allows residents to securely find and review their Montgomery County and City taxes online as well as make payments. Have questions or concerns? Please contact us.

Your taxes help the city pay for the critical infrastructure and services that our city needs to operate. The two key offices that handle taxes are the City Controller's Office and the City Assessor's Office which handles property assessments.

Controller's Office

The City Controller is responsible for the fiscal operations and accounting and collection of taxes for the City of Amsterdam.

As a matter of fiscal control and responsibility to the residents of our City, all purchase orders, including the purchase of new equipment, including office equipment, Department of Public Works equipment, police and fire and more, all must pass through the Controllers office for approval and record keeping.

The Controller is involved with the day to day money matters and works directly with the Mayor and City Council Members when formulating the Budget.

If you have questions related to your taxes, please Contact the Controller's Office.

Tax Collection Dates

*Note: There are two separate bills for City & County taxes. 

City Taxes (including Garbage, Sewer & Water) are collected as follows:

  • 1st Quarter - July 31st
  • 2nd Quarter - October 31st
  • 3rd Quarter - January 31st
  • 4th Quarter - April 30th

County Taxes are collected as follows:

  • 1st Quarter - January 31st
  • 2nd Quarter - April 30th
  • 3rd Quarter - July 31st
  • 4th Quarter - October 31st

Commercial Metered Water/Sewer

Metered Water/Sewer is a separate billing for commercial properties and is billed per use and are collected as follows:

  • 1st Quarter - October 31st
  • 2nd Quarter - January 31st
  • 3rd Quarter - April 30th
  • 4th Quarter - July 31st

How to Pay Your Taxes

Mail your payment

  • Make checks payable to: CITY OF AMSTERDAM
  • Write account number(s) on your check.
  • Mail payments to: City of Amsterdam City Hall, 61 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010
  • Do NOT send cash
  • (US Postmark determines date of payment)

Pay in Person: City Hall, 61 Chruch St. Amsterdam, NY - 1st floor, treasurer's office, room #103

  • Payments can be made in the form of cash, check, or money order.
  • Credit card or debit card payments are accepted online only.
  • You can contact the tax department with any questions regarding your bill.
Late Payment Penalties for Taxes

Penalty charges of 1% will be added each month after due date of each installment.

Payment Agreements

An alternative payment agreement may be requested if you fall delinquent on your taxes.

Such agreements require the following:

  • A minimum down payment of 25% of all taxes and penalties due if you do not  currently reside in the property.  If the property is owner-occupied a minimum of 15% of all taxes and penalties due.
  • Payment of remaining balance in quarterly or monthly installments, over a term not to exceed two years.
  • Remittance of all future taxes on a current basis.

Making Your Tax Payments

If you need to inquire about your taxes, please have your S.B.L. # ready when calling. This is located on the top portion of your bill under Property Information. If the S.B.L. # is not available to you, please have the property location ready. This office has voice mail that is checked throughout the day. Please leave a message if you are unable to speak with someone, and your call will be returned in a timely manner.

City and County Taxes

City and County tax payments are accepted at the Controller's office at City Hall.

Water & Sewer Taxes

City commercial water and sewer tax payments are accepted at the Controller's office at City Hall.

School Taxes

The School district is a separate municipality and therefore on-time School Tax payments are not collected in this office. Regular school tax payments must be mailed in to the Greater Amsterdam School District. Please call GASD (518) 843-3180 Ext. 7405 for questions or concerns.

If any portion of your current School tax bill is not paid by the last due date, it will then be turned over to the City for collection. This will incur additional penalties. If you are past due, the school taxes payment must be paid to the City of Amsterdam.

Foreclosure Happens

We do not want you to lose your home. Please reach out to a local, no cost foreclosure counselor to find out what your options are and learn your rights. A foreclosure can happen to almost any of the homeowner who is having difficulty paying mortgage or tax installments.

Here are a few reasons that people fall behind on their obligations:

  • Death
  • Loss of Employment
  • Divorce
  • Health Issues
  • Denial

A foreclosure timeline: When you fall behind on your mortgage payments, you can expect most lenders to react quickly. Click through to see a general time line of what may occur following your first late payment and ending in foreclosure.

https://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumer/hetptimeline.htm

There are many options available to help borrowers in trouble save their homes. Please click the link to find out more information and use the resources below to find more information about the foreclosure process.

https://hcr.ny.gov/foreclosure-prevention

Learn more about the New York State Attorney General’s Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP), which funds a network of more than 85 assist trusted partners dedicated to providing homeowners with free, qualified mortgage assistance relief services across New York.

https://www.aghomehelp.com/index.html

If you’re at risk of losing your home because you’ve missed payments and have exhausted all other sources of help, the New York State Mortgage Assistance Program (NYS-MAP) may be an option for you.

https://nysmap.org/

Thousands of New Yorkers are at risk of foreclosure or targets of scams each year. We're here to provide you with the tools and support to avoid these traps and to help you find free, qualified mortgage assistance relief services from a network of trusted partners.

https://www.homeownerhelpny.com/

Avoiding the situation will not make it go away. Please reach out to a local, no cost foreclosure counselor to find out what your options are and learn your rights.

Who can help me locally?

If you are facing City tax foreclosure, the Controller’s office may be able to offer you a payment plan. To find out more about a payment plan, please reach out to us immediately at City Hall. 518-841-4300. We would like to remind you that a TAX foreclosure moves much quicker than a MORTGAGE foreclosure and it is very important to reach out IMMEDIATELY.

Or, here are a few local, no cost foreclosure counselors to find out what your options are and learn your rights:

Located in Schenectady, Better Neighborhoods, Inc. housing counselors are skilled in helping you navigate foreclosure proceedings. We will help you understand your options, what steps you can take, and tell you the most likely outcome. We have experience working with banks and the courts on solving foreclosure problems and we’ll do our best to make sure you can actively manage this process. Contact us at 518-372-6469.

http://www.better-neighborhoods.org/

If you are being evicted from your home or if your house is in foreclosure, Legal Aid of Northeastern New York may be able to help. Contact our office in Amsterdam at 518-842-9466.

https://www.lasnny.org/

Questions?

Please contact Kamille Brody, Building Coordinator:

Phone: 518-841-4303

Email: kbrody@amsterdamny.gov

Looking to pay your taxes online?

Paying your taxes online has never been easier! The City of Amsterdam in partnership with Xpress-pay allows residents to securely find and review their Montgomery County and City taxes online as well as make payments. Have questions or concerns? Please contact us.