The Office of Tax Collector is an elected position with a four-year term. The Tax Collector is responsible for collecting all real estate taxes on properties located in the Town of Woodbury and a small section in the Village of Harriman.
Town and county real estate taxes are due during the month of January 1-31, without penalty. Per NYS Real Property Law the Town imposes a 1% penalty for taxes paid in February and a 2% penalty for taxes paid in March. As of April 1st, the Tax Collector closes the accounts and returns the collection to the Commissioner of Finance in Goshen. At this time, all unpaid taxes become payable to the Commissioner of Finance with additional penalties. (When the last day of the month is Saturday or Sunday, the collection periods are extended to Monday.) All real estate tax bills are mailed by December 31st.
Payment of real estate tax is made several ways: (1) banks pay the Tax Collector directly from escrow accounts, (2) property owners mail their payment to the Tax Collector, or (3) residents pay in person at Town Hall during January at times noted on the tax bill. Payment is made to Carol Herb, Collector. Personal checks are the most common form of payment, but money orders, bank checks, and cash are accepted. Residents can also choose to pay by credit card (VISA, MC, DISC). The individual pays a 2.45% charge to the credit card company.
County tax, Town tax, Gen Police Svcs, Woodbury Water are items on [almost] every bill. Woodbury Refuse is listed on properties receiving that service. Other items that can be put on tax bills are: School tax relevy, Village tax relevy (for properties with unpaid taxes from the prior year).
A canceled check is proof of payment, but some residents prefer getting a stamped receipt. When paying in person (during designated hours), a receipt is issued to the payee. When paying by mail, receipts are mailed to the payee when requested. Receipts can also be printed from the online tax collector website at www.egov.basgov.com.
Real estate taxes become due January 1st but can be paid before the end of December on the date the Tax Collector Warrant is issued by the Orange County Legislature (usually December 29th).
The Town of Woodbury, the Village of Woodbury, the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District, and the Cornwall School District use the same source for creating tax bills. However, school tax bills (due in September) are collected separately by the school tax collector. Town and Village tax bills due in January and June, respectively, are collected by the Woodbury Tax Collector.
Notify the Town of Woodbury Tax Collector when: Your address is incorrect or has changed. Your mortgage is satisfied (the escrow account is closed). You haven't received your tax bill. You have questions about your tax bill.