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Department of Assessment

The Tompkins County Department of Assessment is still open for business M-F, 8:00am to 4:30pm however, we will be locking our front doors to help encourage good social distancing practices.  One of our members of our staff will meet you at the front door to assist you.  We encourage that if you are simply dropping off information to utilize our dropbox located near our front entrance (on the side of 128 E Buffalo St).

The assessor is not involved in the levy, extension, collection or enforcement of local real property taxes.

Inside Picture of Office     Outside picture of office

Welcome to the Department of Assessment (PDF Brochure)

Jay Franklin, Director of Assessment (
Irene Kehoe, Assistant Director of Assessment  (

The 2021 Tentative Assessment Roll is now available!

***Due to legislative changes, no new STAR exemptions can be granted.  All new applicants must now register with NYS for the STAR Credit Check - or call (518) 457-2036***

New York State cost the taxpayers of Tompkins County over $2.65 million (since 2011) by limiting your STAR exemption savings -see how much your taxes have gone up.

If you have an escrow account AND if your assessment has increased (or you lost an exemption that you once had), you should contact your escrow company and have your escrow adjusted to reflect the new anticipated tax amount.  

Thank you for visiting the Tompkins County Department of Assessment. This office was consolidated in 1970 to provide the highest possible service at the lowest possible cost to the residents of Tompkins County. Our office is dedicated to ensuring that all properties are assessed at a uniform percentage of market value.

We highly encourage all current and prospective property owners to review the Real Property Tax Cycle flow chart in order to be aware of all the important legal dates in our yearly process.

As always, our office is here to assist you in any way we can. 

Real Property Inventory Real Property Tax Exemptions
Mapping Resources Tax Rate Spreadsheets (Assessment Rolls)

Senior and Low Income Disability Exemption Income Limits
Veteran Exemption Scale
All Local Option Exemptions by taxing jurisdiction