NNY'ers Pre-Paying Property TaxesPosted: Updated:
Northern New Yorkers are taking advantage of an executive order by Governor Cuomo which allows them to pay their 2018 property taxes early.
The city of Watertown has been accepting 2018 property tax payments since Tuesday. About three dozen people have gone to the city's comptroller's office to pay their bills.
"We've also received numerous phone calls, people obtaining the amounts from us and more than likely they mentioned due to the weather would just be mailing them in," said James Mills, the city's comptroller.
Cuomo made it easier for New Yorkers to pre-pay next year's taxes in reaction to the tax reform bill just passed by Republicans in Congress and signed by President Trump. The bill limits state and local tax deductions, and pre-paying property taxes is a way around those limits.
In the Town of Leray, town clerk Mary Smith said she's had about 30 people visit her office to pay their tax bills.
"One person came in and said she talked to her accountant and she said that she told her she could save about $300 so that's why she decided to pay this year," Smith said.
Although many places in the North Country are accepting prepayments for 2018 property taxes, some are not. For instance, the city of Ogdensburg isn't set up to except payments this early.
If you are paying early, payments that are mailed in must be postmarked on or before December 31. Some towns also have the option to pay online.