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Assessment and Taxation Department

Martin F. Kennedy
Commissioner, Department of Assessment and Taxation

Description of Services

Assessment Office

  • Make field inspections of old and new structures, demolitions and fire damaged buildings
  • Direct computer input of all assessment changes and hearing schedules
  • Maintain maps showing property locations and dimensions
  • Hear taxpayers complaints thru Board of Assessment Review (Held in January & February)
  • Interview and process applications for senior citizen exemptions
  • Interview and process applications for veterans exemptions
  • Inspect and process applications for building exemptions such as 485B Business Exemption, Job Incentive Board and 235A Housing Rehabilitation
  • Process annually statutory and constitutional applications for various other exemptions
  • Process complaints through Certiorari Proceeding (Article 7) & Small Claims Assessment Review
  • Produce and maintain the Transit Mall Special Charge Roll for delivery to the County of Erie for billing and collection
Taxation Office       
  • Prepare and mail City Property Tax and Sewer Rent Bills for current and arrears and maintain all associated computerized records
  • Prepare and mail local assessment bills to include sidewalks, demolitions etc., and maintain all associated records
  • Prepares data and statistics for tax foreclosure action by the County and City.
  • Prepares data and conducts annual tax sale and provides Tax Sale certificates
  • Prepares and issues delinquent tax notices as per section 593 of city charter.
  • Adjust and verify taxes due to Certiorari Proceedings, 235A Abatement program.

Contact Us

Department Head:
Martin F. Kennedy

Tax Office:
120 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202

Assessment Office:
101 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202

Exemptions Office: 
105 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202

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