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Welcome to the Village of Fonda.  We hope you find this site to be a great source of information.  Check back often as new items will be added on a regular basis.

 

Contacts:

Office: 518-853-4335   

DPW: 518-857-7660 

NYS Building Codes Officer: 518-848-0571

 

Additional contact information is posted at the bottom of each page as well.

Officials:
Trustee - Lynn E Dumar
Trustee - Walter Boyd
Department Pages:
Public Meetings:
Spring Cleanup Date set; Drop Off and Schedule Pickup
Spring Cleanup:for Village Residents only drop off items at the Town of Mohawk Annex S Broadway
Saturday May 7th       and        Saturday May 14th                 7 am to Noon
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Proof of residency is required.    One Load Per Household will be accepted (No larger than a small pickup truck load)

No Hazardous Waste will be accepted; Regular Household Garbage is not accepted; PREPAYMENT of fees required for tire disposal

 
Allowed: Furniture, appliances, regular household items
 

Acceptable Items 

 


  • Carpets
  • Mattresses
  • Sofas/Chairs/Furniture
  • Construction Debris
  • Windows/Doors
  • Insulation
  • Small Appliances
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Washers/Dryers
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Air Conditioners
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Water Coolers
  • Propane Tanks



  • Yard Waste
  • Clean Wood
  • Scrap Metal

 

Not allowed: stones, rocks cement, paint cans, 55 gallon drums, regular household garbage/recycling

Unacceptable Items

 

  • Liquids
  • Motor Oil
  • Asbestos
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Infectious Waste
  • Car Batteries
  • Dead Animals

 

  UPDATE: Pickup dates are subject to change depending on DPW priorities

 

Large Item Pickup Information:
  • Large items will  ONLY  BE PICKED UP by SCHEDULING  with the CLERK; 
  • Items should be placed at the curb after you have scheduled with the clerk for pickup and only during the time between pickup dates listed;
  • Items that are Red Tagged by DPW Workers Will Not be accepted and must be removed from the curbside by the property owner;
  • If you aware of items left out for pickup that are overlooked by DPW, please call 518.857.7660
Water-Sewer bills to be mailed....

Water-Sewer bills are scheduled to be mailed on or about April 1, 2016.  Payments will be accepted Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Village Office. 8 E. Main Street or by mail to PO Box 447. Fonda, New York 12068.  If you have not received your bill by April 7th, please call the office (518.853.4335) to request a replacement copy.  The Spring 2016 Edition of the Village Newsletter is also available to view via the menu at left: "Newsletters".


 

A property owner who has failed to receive his/her water bill in a timely manner is still responsible for the timely payment of water/sewer rents and any late penalty. An owner of real property has an obligation to be aware of the existence of water meter on his premises and take appropriate action to see that the meter bills are rendered and paid. An implied contract arises between the property owner and the municipality for use of water during the period for which he was not billed and the owner is liable for the unpaid water/sewer rents plus any late penalties. The meters shall remain the property of the Village of Fonda. Any damage to a meter sustained by reasons of carelessness by the owner, or his/her tenants of the premises shall be replaced by the Village of Fonda at the property owner's expense.

 

According to Local Law 1-1976, Providing for the institution, administration and collection of sewer rents in the Village of Fonda, Montgomery County, New York, Section 5 f reads; "The minimum charge for sewer rentals established by this chapter shall be charged even if the property is unoccupied and no consumption of water is shown on the water meter, or if no sewage is discharged into the sewer system."

 

   

Effective April 9, 2012:  Charges to unmetered properties will be assessed a flat rate fee of $500.00 biannually or upon each billing cycle, beginning with the bill date October 2012.  Non-compliance shall mean the property owner has not contacted DPW within 30 days to make appointment for access or the property owner has not allowed unfettered access to the property by DPW for work needed.  In all cases, access and completion of work must be completed with 90 days of notice.  Removal of awnings or panels, or other requirements needed to access the water line will be at the expense of the property owner.  Meters for mobile homes must be installed in a climate-protected area for prevention of freezing, at property owner’s expense.

 

October 15, 2013: Resolution #14-2013 states " A written request for a billing review must be made within 30 days from the date the bill is rendered, stating the reason for the review.  Complaints for bills more than 30 days from the billing date will not be reviewed.  

 

Local Law #2-2014 Providing for  the Institution, Administration and Collection of Sewer Rents in the Village of Fonda, New York adopted March 2014:

Section 6 A charge of thirty dollars (30)  will be made whenever any water service is disconnected or reconnected because of non payment of sewer rent or other charges relating to the use of the sewer system

 

Montgomery County 2016 Rabies Clinics
  2016 MONTGOMERY COUNTY RABIES CLINIC SCHEDULE
     
Tuesday, May 3rd Minden Town Barn, 134 Route 80, Fort Plain 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 14th Mohawk Town Barn, 2-4 Park Street, Fonda 9:00 am – Noon
Saturday, June 4th Fultonville Animal Hospital, VanWagenen Drive, Fultonville 9:00 am – 11:00 am
*Saturday, June 25th Canajoharie, 35 Mohawk St. Canajoharie (new location) 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Tuesday, July 12th St. Johnsville Town Barn, 7431 Route 5, St. Johnsville 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 2nd Palatine Town Barn, 817 Stone Arabia Rd., Fort Plain 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday August 13th Rural Grove Fire Department, Rt. 162, Rural Grove 9:00 am – Noon
Saturday, September 17th Town of Amst. Highway Dept., 283 Manny's Corners Rd., Amst. (new location) 9:00 am – Noon
Saturday, October 1st Fultonville Animal Hospital, VanWagenen Drive, Fultonville 9:00 am – 11:00 am
*Saturday, October 15th Florida Town Highway Dept. Fort Hunter Rd., Minaville 9:00 am – Noon
Saturday, November 5th Mohawk Town Barn, 2-4 Park Street, Fonda 9:00 am - Noon
     
     
Initial vaccination for dogs, cats & ferrets are due at 3 months of age, revaccination 1 year later, thereafter revaccination required every 3 years.
Veterinarian administration fee is $10.00 per vaccination.  
PUBLIC HEALTH LAW REQUIRES DOGS, CATS AND FERRETS BE VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES
Pets not vaccinated in a timely manner may not be protected from rabies.  
Pet owners revaccinating animals should bring the pet's last rabies vaccination certificate.  
For more information on rabies call 853-3531 or your veterinarian.  
     
* Vaccination is available free-of-charge to Montgomery Co. residents, but donations will be accepted to help defray program costs. Suggested donation is $10.00. 
News:
Legislation Aurthorizing Municipal Purchase of Streetlights
November 19, 2015
NYCOM worked closely with Senator Joe Griffo and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy during the 2015 legislative session to secure passage of legislation (S. 5205-B) that would provide a
process under the supervision of the Public Service Commission for a municipality to purchase its streetlights from its utility company. This legislation has passed both houses and
was delivered to Governor Cuomo for his approval or veto. He has until November 21st by which to act.

While some of our members currently own their streetlights, many others have been stymied in their attempts to purchase streetlights from the streetlight-owning utility. Having a
fair process for municipal purchase of its streetlights will allow more municipalities to generate significant cost savings for local property taxpayers. Municipal ownership allows for
upgrading streetlights to LED technology and benefiting from the subsequent reduction in operational costs, energy use and required maintenance. At a time when local
governments are facing some of their greatest fiscal challenges and are further constrained by a property tax cap, legislation such as this would go a long way toward providing
New York's local governments and their taxpayers with the relief they need and deserve.
Resolution: Standard Work Day Resolution for Clerk Treasurer, NYS Bldg&Fire Code OFficer

RESOLUTION #8-2016: AUTHORIZING standard number of reporting days for elected and appointed officials

 

WHEREAS, at the regular monthly meeting of the Village Board of the Village of Fonda was convened in public session at the Municipal Building, 8 E. Main Street, Fonda, County of Montgomery, State of New York, on the ____th day of April, 2016 at 6:30p.m.; and

 

Standard Work Day Resolution for Clerk Treasurer and Building Inspector/Fire Code Officer

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Village of Fonda, Location code 40433/01, hereby establishes the following as standard work days for its employees and will report days worked to the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System based on the time keeping system or the record of activities maintained and submitted by these members to the clerk of this body:

Title                                         Name                      SSN         Reg#       Standard Work Day (Hrs/day)          Term                Time Keeping

Clerk-Treasurer             Christine Kearns                **4928   **5635                      6                         4/1/2016-3/31/2020             Yes

Code Enforcement         Ron Hinkle                       **9939    **5313                      6                         4/1/2016-3/31/2017              Yes

A motion to approve Resolution#8-2016 was offered by Trustee Boyd, second by Trustee Dumar with all in favor.

News Announcement regarding Nathan Littauer Outpatient Center
Nathan Littauer Hospital CEO Laurence Kelly has announced plans to build a new 2 million dollar outpatient center in the Village of Fonda.
Nathan Littauer has contracted for ownership of a property within the Village where the organization's plans include a 5,400 square foot facility
that will have 30 parking spaces. The facility will provide a radiology department, adult services and an obstetrician.
 
Having medical services readily available to our residents, neighbors and visitors is good news for all. Not only will we have improved
availability of medical services, but the facility will also bring 13 new jobs to the Village that will include two doctors and eleven staff members.
 
The whole concept of this facility and the intentions of Nathan Littauer officials is inline with the Mayor's comprehensive plan for improvements
within the Village. Those plans will be released later this year. According to the communications had with Nathan Littauer, the concept is still
within the exploratory stage and is in need of approval from the state. Mayor Peeler will present a resolution supporting the prospective facility
to the Board of Trustees at their next scheduled meeting.

Seasonal Reminder-Who needs a building permit???

Building Permits Required: Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b) of this section, a Building Permit shall be required for any work which must conform to the Uniform Code and/or the Energy Code, including, but not limited to, the construction, enlargement, alteration, improvement, removal, relocation or demolition of any building or structure or any portion thereof, and the installation of a solid fuel burning heating appliance, chimney or flue in any dwelling unit. No Person shall commence any work for which a Building Permit is required without first having obtained a Building Permit from

the Code Enforcement Officer.

           

            (b) Exemptions. No Building Permit shall be required for work in any of the following categories:

                        (1) construction or installation of one story detached structures associated with one- or two-family dwellings or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) which are used for tool and storage sheds, playhouses or similar uses, provided the gross floor area does not exceed 144 square feet (13.88 square meters);

                        (2) installation of swings and other playground equipment associated with a one- or two-family dwelling or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses);

                        (3) installation of swimming pools associated with a one- or two-family dwelling or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) where such pools are designed for a water depth of less than 24 inches and are installed entirely above ground;

                        (4) installation of fences which are not part of an enclosure surrounding a swimming pool;

                        (5) construction of retaining walls unless such walls support a surcharge or impound Class I, II or IIIA liquids;

                        (6) construction of temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery;

                        (7) installation of window awnings supported by an exterior wall of a one- or two-family dwelling or multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses);

                        (8) installation of partitions or movable cases less than 5'-9" in height;

                        (9) painting, wallpapering, tiling, carpeting, or other similar finish work;

                        (10) installation of listed portable electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation or cooling equipment or appliances;

                        (11) replacement of any equipment provided the replacement does not alter the equipment’s listing or render it inconsistent with the equipment’s original specifications; or

                        (12) repairs, provided that such repairs do not involve

                                    (i) the removal or cutting away of a loadbearing wall, partition, or portion thereof, or of any structural beam or load bearing component;

                                    (ii) the removal or change of any required means of egress,or the rearrangement of parts of a structure in a manner which affects egress;

                                    (iii) the enlargement, alteration, replacement or relocation of any building system; or

                                    (iv) the removal from service of all or part of a fire protection system for any period of time.

 

            (c) Exemption not deemed authorization to perform non-compliant work. The exemption from the requirement to obtain a building permit for work in any category set forth in subdivision (b) of this section shall not be deemed an authorization for work to be performed in violation of the Uniform Code or the Energy Code.

 


New Water Rates: adopted March 30, 2015
New water rates: as adopted March 30, 2015, effective April 1, 2015, reflected in the October 1 2015 bill date
 For the AVERAGE customer this =    approx. +$1.25 per month, or $15.00 per year
Inside Village: all rates are cumulative   Outside Village: all rates are cumulative
  Per Thousand Gallons     Per Thousand Gallons
0-20,000 gallons     1.21   0-20,000 gallons     2.42
20,001-45,000 gallons 1.16   20,001-45,000 gallons 2.32
45,001-70,000gallons                  1.11   45,001-70,000 gallons                  2.22
70,001-95,000gallons                  1.03   70,001-95,000 gallons                  2.06
95,001-120,000gallons                 0.99   95,001-120,000gallons                 1.98
120,001-145,000gallons                0.94   120,001-145,000gallons                1.88
over 145,000 gallons                    0.72   over 145,000 gallons                   

1.44


Village Property Tax information

The Village fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31. Tax bills are mailed on June 1 and are payable to the Village Tax Collector during the month of June without penalty. A 5% penalty is added in July and an additional 1% each month thereafter until October. On November 1, all unpaid village taxes are turned over to the County Treasurer for collection. Village taxes may not be paid to the Village Tax Collector after October 31. Please contact the Montgomery County Treasurer's Office (853-8175) for more details.

 

Call the Village Office if you have not received your bill by June 7 to request a duplicate.  If your taxes are paid with your mortgage, please forward the bill to your mortgage company. 

 

If you feel your assessment is too high, you have the right to seek a reduction in the future.  For further information, please ask your assessor for the booklet, "How to File A Complaint on Your Assessment".  Please note if the period for filing complaints on assessments has passed.  For your legal residence, you may be eligible for a senior citizen tax exemption.  For information please call 518-853-4164 or write the Town of Mohawk Assessor PO Box 415, Fonda, NY  12068 or a member of the Board of Assessors Town of Mohawk (see contact information below) or the Real Property Tax Service Agency at the County Annex Building.

 

If you are disabled or age 65 or older and own and occupy a 1, 2, or 3 family residence, you may designate a consenting adult third party to receive duplicate copies of your tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes until further notice.  An application is available at the Village Office and must be filed by April 1st.  The application form may also be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped legal sized envelope to your local tax collector or the Montgomery County Real Property Tax Service Agency, PO Box 1500, Fonda, NY  12068 or online at:  http://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp923_fill_in.pdf

 

Town of Mohawk Assessor

Stella Gittle
2-4 Park Street PO Box 415
Fonda, NY 12068
Email: tnmohawk@frontiernet.net
Phone: 518.853-1464
Fax: 518-853-4730

Website: townofmohawkny.com/index.htm

Hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Local Law No. 2 of the year 1995 terminated The Village Of Fonda’s Status as an assessing unit for the purposes of Real Property Tax purposes and passes it on as a Town Assessor responsibility.  Any and all forms dealing with exemptions and assessments should be forwarded to the Town of Mohawk Assessor.

 

Board of Assessment Review Members

Chairman - Florence Stanton

  • Richard Blowers
  • Edward Calhoun
  • Rodd Hicks
  • Clark Subik

 

Board of Assessment Review Function

The Board of Assessment review meets to process requests for review that are filed each year in response to property tax assessments and is charged with guaranteeing property owners' rights to fair and impartial decisions regarding property assessments. The Town Board appoints board member for five-year terms on a staggered basis.

 

Contact Information:

Board of Assessment Review

2-4 Park Street, P.O. Box 415

Fonda, NY 12068

Phone: Town Clerk (518) 853-3031

 

 


Property Taxes: Things You Should Know

Tax Collector

The tax collector is responsible for the collection of property taxes for approximately 316 parcels.  All powers and duties of this office, as well as collection procedures are statutory and defined in the New York State Real Property Tax Law.

Any inquiries are welcome pertaining to collection policies as well as general tax information.  Assistance is provided to residents, realtors, lending institutions, title companies and other entities that may require tax information.

Please remember to send the entire bill page back with your payment.  The top part of the bill be stamped PAID and will be returned to you as your payment receipt. If you mail your payment in, the envelope must be postmarked by the Post Office cancellation on or before the due date to avoid any late penalty charges.  Please mark any address changes on your bill so future bills will be correctly addressed. For more information or if you do not receive a tax bill, please call  518-853-4335 x20.

 

During property tax collection, hours to pay in person are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the months of June through October. Additionally for your convenience taxes can be paid (check or money order only) via the drop box outside the front office door at 8 E. Main Street.  When property taxes are due on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday (as defined by section 24 of the General Construction Law), the last day to pay without interest becomes the next succeeding business day.

 

Duties of the Office of Tax Collector: Before entering upon the duties of this office, it is required that all tax collecting officers take the Constitutional Oath of Office. In addition, an official undertaking of bond, which guarantees the faithful performance of the office must be executed and filed in the Village Clerk’s Office. Once the collector has taken the oath and executed the bond, she or he becomes an insurer and guarantor of all monies, securities, papers and records that the law provides shall be in his or her custody.

 

The Collector of Taxes collects the General Property Taxes starting on or about June 1. The tax bill covers the period of June 1 to May 31. Payments can be made upon receipt of the bill through July 1 without penalty. Bills paid after July 1 incur a 5% penalty.  From August 1st through November 1 there is an additional 1% penalty per month (9% in all). After November 1 all payments must then be made to the Montgomery County Treasurer, P.O. Box 1500, Fonda, New York;  office located at 20 Park Street Annex Building, first floor.

 

To assist our elderly and disabled residents, third party notification tax bills are offered.  Property owners who are disabled or 65 years of age or older and own their home may designate an adult consenting third party to receive duplicate copies of tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes. In order to receive this service, one must fill out a third party notification form RP-923, available from the tax collector.

 

Many residents have their taxes escrowed with lending institutions. The County updates bank codes prior to each billing cycle. It is the lending institution’s responsibility to notify the County of any additions or deletions of accounts. Many banks contract with Tax Service Organizations (TSOs), which are agencies that service escrow accounts for the banks.  These organizations provide the tax collector with a list of their customers and their identifying account numbers. In the event that a resident received a bill that should have gone to the bank it is still the responsibility of the bank to call for that bill. If the bill should have gone to the homeowner, but went to the bank, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to know that taxes are due. Please call the tax collector immediately and they will issue you a duplicate bill. The failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by the law. [New York State Real Property Tax Law §922]. If you should have received a bill, but have not by the second week in June, please contact the tax collector for a duplicate bill.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I never received my bill or received it late. Do I still have to pay the penalty?

Yes, the failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law [New York State Real Property Tax Law §922]. In addition, neither the tax collector nor any other official has legal authority to waive statutory penalty charges. These are fixed by the Real Property Tax Law. If they are waived, the tax collecting officer will be personally responsible. As all records are audited by State examiners, there is absolutely no discretion in this matter. The Constitution and the law of the State mandates the procedure.

 

2. If I mail my payment on the due date do I have to pay a penalty?

New York State Real Property Tax Law §925, provides as follows “Payment of taxes by mail, when enclosed in a postpaid wrapper (envelope) properly addressed to the appropriate collecting officer and is deposited in a post office or official depository under the exclusive care and custody of the United States Post Office shall be upon delivery, deemed to have been made to such offices the date of the United States Postmark on such wrapper.  The provisions of this section shall not apply in the case of postmarks not made by the United States Post Office. A postage meter postmark is not a postmark made by the United States Post Office and, therefore is not within the provisions of Real Property Tax Law §925. Payment cannot be deemed timely because of a postage meter postmark date on an envelope containing a tax payment (Op New York State Comp. 69-170).  If the envelope contains no postmark, then the payment is deemed to have been made on the date the payment was received.  In these instances, it is up to the taxpayer to prove that the payment was made on time.

If taxes are not received until after the due date, they are not paid until after the due date unless they fall squarely within the provisions of Section §925 of the Real Property Tax Law, and the penalty must be added and collected.  No Village official or employee can waive the penalty (Op. New York State Comp. 68-626).

 

3. Can I pay my property taxes in installments?

No. The property tax must be paid in full in one payment.

 

4. Can I pre-pay my property taxes?

No, the warrant constitutes the mantle of authority for the collecting officer to receive the taxes.  Therefore, the warrant must be regarded as the instrument which empowers the collecting officer to begin the collection. Collection authority cannot begin prior to the date of the warrant.

Contact the Tax Collector: (518) 853-4335 Ext. 20 (messages only) Fax Number: (518) 853-4555, or email: villageoffonda@juno.com

 


Questions on your assessment information?

Village property owners who have questions on property assessment information should contact the Town of Mohawk Assessor

Stella Gittle
2-4 Park Street PO Box 415
Fonda, NY 12068

Email: tnmohawk@frontiernet.net
Phone: 518.853-1464
Fax: 518-853-4730

Website: townofmohawkny.com/index.htm

  Hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Local Law No. 2 of the year 1995 terminated The Village Of Fonda’s Status as an assessing unit for the purposes of Real Property Tax purposes and passes it on as a Town Assessor responsibility.  Any and all forms dealing with exemptions and assessments should be forwarded to the Town of Mohawk Assessor.

 


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