Early Payment of 2018 County/Town Property & School Taxes
Date of Public Notice Event: December 31, 2017
EARLY PAYMENT OF 2018 COUNTY/TOWN PROPERTY TAXES
Town of Ancram 2018 county and town property tax bills are now available on line. Here is the link: http://egov.basgov.com/ancram/
If you plan to pay your 2018 County and Town taxes in 2017, please print a copy of your tax bill and bring it with you when you pay in person, or mail it with your check.
Tax Collectors will be able to start accepting payments after the County of Columbia approves the 2018 Tax Warrant at its 2017 year-end meeting at 3 pm on Thursday, December 28.
Town Tax Collectors cannot begin to collect taxes until the 2018 Tax Warrant is approved on December 28 after 3 pm.
To pay early in person at the Town Hall: Print out and bring a copy of your tax bill or bills to Town Hall. The Town of Ancram will accept early payments of 2018 County/Town property taxes beginning on Thursday, December 28 at 5 pm. We will accept in person early payments at Town Hall as follows:
- Thursday, December 28 from 5 pm to 7 pm
- Saturday, December 30 from 9:30 am to 1 pm
To pay early by mail: Send your payment/payments by mail to “Tax Collector, Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7, Ancram NY 12502. We will record the postmark date as your payment date. Please include a copy of your tax bill or bills, send a separate check for each property, and put your Tax Bill Number in the memo line.
We will resume our normal collection process in January 2018. If you pay early, you will still receive a copy of your tax bill in the mail in January. If you have already paid early, please disregard that copy of your tax bill.
Regular Town Hall collection hours in January are Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 2 pm and Saturday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Some additional information about early payment of property taxes based on the questions we have been getting…
1) Slow web site – We have been getting reports that the online tax bill website (http://egov.basgov.com/ancram/) that the county uses is operating slowly, probably because of the high volume of traffic it is getting and because it is still being updated for various towns around the state. Be patient and you will get through…just might take a few minutes of waiting. The Ancram site is now updated so 2018 tax bills show up when you access the site as the default option.
2) Make Ancram Checks payable to – If you are paying your Ancram tax bill, make checks payable to Ancram Tax Collector or Monica Cleveland, Ancram Tax Collector.
3) 2018-2019 School taxes – cannot be paid early in 2017.
From Neil Howard, Superintendent of the Taconic Hills Central School District:
As clarified by Governor Cuomo, the option to pre-pay 2018-19 taxes by December 31st does not apply to school taxes. Final payments of Taconic Hills CSD 2017-18 school taxes were due by October 31, 2017, and the district does not accept installment payments. We are not able to provide estimated tax bills for 2018-19. Our district will not adopt a budget and tax levy for that year until the May school budget vote on May 15, 2018.
From Martin handler, Superintendent of the Pine Plains Central School District:
We have checked with the legal people. School districts cannot accept 2018-2019 school tax until the warrant is issued next August.
Town Board: 2018 Organizational Meeting
Date of Public Notice Event: January 11, 2018
The Ancram Town Board will hold its 2018 Organizational Meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7 pm at the Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7, Ancram NY 12502.
Zoning Board of Appeals positions available
Date of Public Notice Event: November 30, 2017
Town Board: Meeting rescheduled
Date of Public Notice Event: December 14, 2017
The Ancram Town Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7 pm has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7 pm at the Ancram Town Hall, 1416 CR 7, Ancram NY 12502.
Town Board: Hearing to solicit public comments on proposed 2018 budget
Date of Public Notice Event: November 16, 2017
Town Board: The Ancram Town Board will hold a public hearing on November 16, 2017 at 6.45 pm to solicit public comments on the proposed 2018 final budget.
Zoning Board of Appeals: Pool and an addition(Parcel ID # 197.3-1-9) 18 Long Lake Road
Date of Public Notice Event: November 13, 2017
ZBA: Please take notice that the Town of Ancram Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, November 13th, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7. Under consideration is an area variance to build a pool and an addition on the property of Rima Grad located (Parcel ID # 197.3-1-9) at 18 Long Lake Road in the Town of Ancram. All those who wish to comment are welcome to do so.
Zoning Board of Appeals: Garage and greenhouse(Parcel ID # 225.-1-7) 143 Carson Road
Date of Public Notice Event: November 13, 2017
ZBA: Please take notice that the Town of Ancram Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, November 13th, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7. Under consideration is an area variance to build a garage and greenhouse on the property of Michael Gershon (Parcel ID # 225.-1-7) located at 143 Carson Road in the Town of Ancram. All those who wish to comment are welcome to do so.
Town Board: Ancram Kid’s Camp & Pool Programs
Date of Public Notice Event: November 4, 2017
Town Board: The Ancram Town Board will hold a special Town Board meeting on November 4, 2017 at 10 am at the Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7, Ancram NY to conduct a Forum to discuss the Ancram kids camp and pool programs.
Town Board: Ridgeline/steep slopes
Town Board: On June 19, 2014, the Ancram Town Board adopted an amendment to the Town Zoning Ordinance to protect the scenic character of ridgelines and steep slopes. The amendment establishes standards to be applied to construction in the Agricultural District on terrain that is designated for protection because it is topographically prominent and scenically important based upon its elevation over 800 feet, being on steep slopes exceeding 15%, visibility from more than 4 miles of public roads in the Town of Ancram, and its size of at least 3.5 acres. Consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, the proposed standards are required for structures on designated terrain when they are part of a major subdivision (5 or more lots). The proposed standards are recommended and encouraged for all other development in the Town of Ancram. The regulation also emphasizes that no lot shall be unbuildable due to these standards. The standards include: Where an area is forested, maintain the continuity of the tree canopy when viewed from publicly accessible locations. Avoid clearing an area to an extent that causes a structure to be silhouetted against the skyline. Where the area to be built upon is not forested, site the structure so that the top of the structure’s roof is not higher than the ridgeline unless trees and shrubs are planted in a way that will effectively screen the proposed structure from view at publicly accessible locations. Retain natural screening of the structure. Limit clearing of existing vegetation to the minimum necessary for the building envelope. Trees can be selectively cut or trimmed to open up view tunnels and view corridors from windows, doors, and decks/porches. Use exterior colors for sides and roofs that blend with the natural environment of the surrounding land. Site the structure so the top of the roof is not higher than the ridgeline unless the structure is screened by existing vegetation when viewed from publicly accessible locations. Use fully shielded light fixtures to direct light downwards instead of sideways and avoid exterior lighting that allows glare to extend beyond property boundaries. Plan road and driveways to minimize cut and fill, clearing of vegetation, and erosion. Place structure along the edges of open fields, especially if any woodland is adjacent. Design the site to help the new structure be visually absorbed by the natural landscape. Carefully consider the impact that cupolas, chimneys, satellite dishes, and antennas may have if they project above the roofline. These structures can be carefully designed in the same manner as the structure to maintain the scenic character of the site when viewed from publicly accessible locations.
Town Board: Appointments to Boards
Town Board: The Ancram Town Board will be making appointments to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Board of Assessment Review at the annual Town Board organizational meeting to be held in early January, 2013. In addition, we are looking for volunteers to serve on the Financial Advisory Council, the Conservation Advisory Council and the Agricultural Advisory Council. Anyone interested in serving on these Boards or Councils, or in learning more about them, should contact Town Supervisor Art Bassin (firstname.lastname@example.org) by email, phone (329-6512 x 6). Applicants may be asked to come in for interviews by the Boards you are interested in serving on, and by the Town Board.