Village of
Fonda

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August 2015
Welcome

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:
News:
2015 Montgomery County Rabies Clinic Schedule
February 13, 2015

 

 Tuesday, August 4th

 Palatine Town Barn, Stone Arabia Rd., Fort Plain

 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

 Saturday, August 15th

 Rural Grove Fire Department, Rt. 162, Rural Grove

 9:00 am - Noon

 Tuesday, Sept. 8th

 St. Johnsville Town Barn, 7431 Route 5, St. Johnsville

 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

 Saturday, October 3rd

 Fultonville Animal Hospital, Van Wagenen Dr., Fultonville

 9:00 am - 11:00 am

 Saturday, October 17th

 Florida Town Highway Dept., Fort Hunter Rd., Minaville

 9:00 am - Noon

 Saturday, November 7th

 Mohawk Town Barn, 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 shuld 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

 

 

 

In the Matter of a Study on the State of Telecommunications in NYS

Study of the State of Telecommunications in New York Case 14-C-0370

 

The telecommunications industry has changed dramatically over the last decade and continues to transform rapidly with the indtroduction of new more powerful technologies.  New York and the rest of the country has seen the growth of wireless smart phones, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology and broadband serices, as well as evolving customer interest and demands.  As new voice, video and Internet broadband technologies emerge, consumers have a wide array of services and service providers for their communication needs, albeit at varying technological capabilities and prices.

 

Forums and hearings will be held in order to solicit public input. You are encouraged to forward your comments on the Assessment.

Dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, July 28  SUNY Polytechnic Institute Kunsela Hall Auditorium, Room A112   5701 Horatio Street, Utica, NY  13502  Information Session at 2 pm and 6 pm, Public Statement Hearing-3 pm and 7 pm.

Wednesday, July 29 Binghamton City Hall  38 Hawley Street  Binghamton, NY  13901  Information Session at 2 pm and 6 pm, Public Statement Hearing-3 pm and 7 pm.            

Tuesday, August 4  Olympic Regional Dev. Authority Conference                               Information Session at 2 pm and 6 pm, Public Statement Hearing-3 pm and 7 pm.

Wednesday, August 5  Buffalo Central Libbrary  1 Lafayette Square  Buffalo, NY          Information Session at 2 pm and 6 pm, Public Statement Hearing-3 pm and 7 pm.

 

For more information go to www.dps.ny.gov/TelStudy.

 

 

 

 

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 and October, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from July through September. 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

 


Yard debris, grass clipping pick up day

 

 

 

Now that SPRING has officially arrived, the Department of Public Works will resume collection of grass clippings every MONDAY morning, beginning at 7:00 AM. when the Crew will pass through the Village to pickup contained debris.

We ask that you please not use plastic bags as we want to “go green” with this service. Brush and tree limbs must be tied, bundled and limited to one regular size pickup truck load. If you have an excessive amount or would like to make arrangements for another time, please call (853-4335).

 


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
45,001-70,000 gallons                  1.11   45,001-70,000 gallons                  2.22
70,001-95,000 gallons                  1.03   70,001-95,000 gallons                  2.06
95,001-120,000gallons                 0.99   95,001-120,000gallons                 1.98
120,001-145,000 gallons                0.94   120,001-145,000 gallons                1.88
over 145,000 gallons                    0.72   over 145,000 gallons                   

1.44


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.

 


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.