Town Board Approves Prepayment of 2018 Property Taxes

Effective December 28 – December 31

On Wednesday, December 27, the Pawling Town Board called a special meeting to address property tax payments for 2018. The session was a direct response to New York State emergency Executive Order No. 172 signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on December 22. The order was issued to help New York landowners avoid the adverse impact of the recently passed GOP tax bill.

The federal tax plan was signed into law on December 22, capping the deductibility of state and local taxes at $10,000. According to a statement issued by the governor’s office, this action will effectively raise property taxes and decrease the value of homes in New York State.

Governor Cuomo authorized local governments to immediately issue warrants to levy property taxes by the end of the year. This action will allow residents to pay their property taxes for 2018 in the 2017 calendar year and allow localities to accept advance payment so that property owners can deduct the full amount of their payment at the federal level.

The Town Board voted unanimously to approve allowing prepayment of property taxes. Taxes may be paid, in full, at Pawling Town Hall, on Thursday, December 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Friday, December 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

No partial payments will be accepted. Mailed payments will also be accepted with a postmark before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 31.

Town officials stress that residents should consult their tax accountants before making payments to ensure that the proper deductions will apply.

To learn more about Executive Order 172, visit Governor.NY.Gov online.