Residents of the Western New York village of Sloan had the highest effective property tax rate in New York (outside New York City and Nassau), according to Benchmarking NY, the Empire Center’s annual rundown of local property tax burdens.
Sloan’s effective rate was $62.48 per $1,000 of estimated market value—or $9,372 on a $150,000 house. The lowest effective tax rate in the state was $4.19 per $1,000, levied on homes and businesses in the Sagaponack school district portion of the town of Southampton in Suffolk County. That low rate reflected high property values in the town, where the latest Census Bureau data put the median home price at $626,400.
One Suffolk County village – Llyod Harbor – had combined annual taxes exceeding $40,000 on a median-value home. The lowest tax bill on a median-value home was $1,124 in the Hamilton County town of Arietta in the Raquette Lake school district, which does not operate schools and instead pays tuition to send its fewer than five students to neighboring districts.
Benchmarking NY uses data from the state comptroller’s office to calculate effective tax rates–combined county, municipal and school taxes as a percent of market value–for thousands of localities across the state during 2018, excluding only New York City and Nassau County. The complete report lists the top and bottom 20 tax rates and tax bills on a locality’s median-value home in each of nine regions. The highest effective rate and highest tax bill on a median-value home in each region were found in the following communities:
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