Property taxes: To pay early or not to pay early

Dec 28, 2017
Originally published on December 27, 2017 5:05 pm

Residents in Irondequoit and other towns have many questions about whether they should pay their 2018 property taxes in advance, because of the changes in the tax law.

Town Supervisor David Seeley has this advice for taxpayers over whether they should pre-pay or not:

"Make an informed decision about this.  I don't want people to feel compelled that they have to pay their town and property taxes early.  In a lot of cases, it might be to their advantage, but in some cases in might perhaps not," he said.

Seeley says they estimate they have some 15,000 taxpayers who don't pay taxes through escrow. 

But estimating how many of them will pay early is hard to tell.

"We're being asked a lot of questions.  At the end of the day, as a town, our only answer we give folks is yes, we're open as always to collect taxes early, we actually do this every year, but whereas we normally have 40 to 50 people, we'll probably have ten times that amount on Friday," he said.

Friday is the day taxpayers can pay early.

They can download their tax bills through the county's website,

Seeley says they can print those bills out at home, or by using resources at Irondequoit Town Hall.

He says the town is telling residents that they are open to collecting taxes early, but people should consult a tax professional to determine if pre-paying is in their best interest.

Seeley says the town of Irondequoit has allocated additional resources to help this run as efficiently as possible on Friday.

Update: Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has announced extended hours for City residents to pay their 2018 town/county property tax bills early.

The County Treasurer’s Office will be open on Saturday, December 30th from 9:00AM to 1:00PM in order to accommodate residents who wish to pay their property taxes early.  

Also, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich says that the town hall will be open on Friday, December 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to help people who want to pay their property taxes early. There will also be additional staff on that day to aid Greece residents who want to pay taxes before January 1.