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Tax FAQs

How and where do I pay my tax bill?
In person payments:

Accepted at the Lansing Town Clerk's Office at 29 Auburn Road, Lansing during our business hours.  Checks and cash are accepted at the counter. There is also a 24 hour drop box located in the foyer of the Town Hall entrance.

By Mail: Lansing Receiver of Taxes
Attn: Deborah K. Munson
PO Box 186
Lansing, NY 14882
Checks payable to: Lansing Receiver of Taxes

I never received my bill, or received it late; do I still have to pay the penalty?
Yes, the failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law (New York State Real Property Tax Law Section 922.)  It is the responsibility of the property owner to know when taxes are due and payable.  In addition, neither the Receiver of Taxes nor any other official has legal authority to waive statutory interest charges. Interest charges are fixed by the Real Property Tax Law.

Can I pay my taxes in installments?
You may pay the first installment plus surcharge to the Town of Lansing Receiver of Taxes by January 31st and the second installment will be due to the Tompkins County Department of Budget and Finance, 125 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.  Phone:  607-274-5545.

If I mail my payment on the due date do I have to pay a penalty?
New York State Real Property Tax Law Section 925, provides as follows:  "Payment of taxes by mail, when enclosed in a postpaid wrapper (envelope) properly addressed to the appropriate collecting officer and deposited in a post office or official depository under the exclusive care and custody of the United States Post Office shall, upon deliver, be deemed to have been made to such officer on the date of the United States Postmark on such wrapper.  The provisions of this section shall not apply in the case of postmarks not made by the United States Post Office.  A postage meter postmark is not a postmark made by the United States Post Office and, therefore, is not within the provisions of Real Property Tax Law Section 925.  Payments cannot be deemed timely because of a postage meter postmark date on an envelope containing a tax payment (Op. New York State Comptroller 69-170).

If taxes are not received until after the due date, they are not paid until after the due date unless they fall squarely within the provisions of Section 925 of the Real Property Tax Law, and the interest must be added and collected.  No Town official or employee can waive the interest (Op. New York State Comptroller 68-626.)

The Local Advisory Board of Assessment Review Meeting will be held sometime in May at the Lansing Town Hall.  Anyone who feels that their assessment is unfair may attend this meeting and present a grievance.  Forms may be obtained at the Town Clerk's Office, the Tompkins County Assessment Office or by following this link:
Grievance Form & Instructions  


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Supervisor & Town Board 533-8896 or 533-8819, Clerk 533-4142, Code Enforcement & Zoning 533-7054 (fax: 533-3507),
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