ITHACA, N.Y. — An executive order issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo will let most New Yorkers pre-pay 2018 property taxes through the end of the month.

According to a news release from the governor’s office, “The order authorizes localities to issue warrants for the collection of early property tax payments and to accept partial payment—allowing New Yorkers to pay a portion or all of their 2018 property taxes before the end of the year to keep the deductibility.”

Locally, municipalities are making headway to let people pay early. Below are all the public statements from municipalities about paying 2018 property taxes early:

Note: If your municipality is not listed, a public statement has not been made about early payment. However, you may still be able to make an early payment. Call your local municipality for more information. 

City of Ithaca

As requested by some City taxpayers, the City Chamberlain’s Office will accept prepayment of 2018 City property taxes starting December 28, 2017.

Payments can be made in person at City Hall, 108 E Green St. or via the payment portal on our homepage at .  If you choose the online payment option, be sure to call the City Chamberlain’s Office at (607) 274-6580 for correct tax amounts.  Note:  if you are opting for prepayment and you have an escrow account, please inform your bank that you are prepaying so duplicate payments are not made.

Town of Lansing

1. If you have questions about prepaying your town taxes, please consult your tax advisor/accountant first.
2. The Town of Lansing will NOT take responsibility/ liability for negative results that are produced by your actions pertaining to prepaying your town taxes.
3. December 29, 2017 is the LAST day to pay in person at the Town Hall. The Town Clerk’s Office will be extending their hours until 4:00pm on Friday, Dec 29th.
4. Payments will ONLY be accepted for the FULL amount or for the installment amount. Please call the Town Clerk’s Office 607-533- 4142, email, or stop in (29 Auburn Road) to find out the exact amount.
5. Payments will be accepted via mail if postmarked by December 31, 2017. Once again, for the full amount or the installment amount. No postdated checks will be accepted.
6. The Lansing Town Clerk’s Office is open December 27, 28, and 29, 2017 from 7:30am to 4:00pm.

Town of Newfield

The Newfield Town Clerk’s Office will begin earlier than normal collection of 2018 Town and County  Taxes and, will be open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday and Friday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm . This change has been made by Executive Order by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized local governments to immediately issue warrants to levy property taxes by the end of the year. Each local tax collector is directed to accept partial or whole payments of warranted taxes from property owners until the close of business on Friday, Dec. 29. Online payments can be made until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 and payments made by mail that are postmarked on or before Dec. 31 are authorized

Payments may also be made online as well online:

Town of Danby

The 2018 Town and County property tax warrant has been received in the Town of Danby and tax bills were mailed to property owners on Friday, December 22. The same day, Gov. Cuomo signed an Executive Order allowing and encouraging municipalities to collect 2018 taxes in 2017. Tax payments may be brought to the Danby Town Hall during normal business hours (12/27 and 12/29 10am-5pm) or may be mailed with the tax bill for processing. (checks made out to “Danby Tax Collector”) The post-mark date will be honored for tax payments mailed in the last week of December 2017. We are pleased to be able to offer this one-time tax benefit for property owners in Danby. Check with your financial advisor regarding whether this is appropriate for you. Regular tax collection will continue through January, 2018. Tax collection hours in January are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm. The Town Clerk’s office will be closed for the New Year Holiday Saturday 12/30 and Monday Jan. 1.

Town of Ulysses

There have been lots of requests to pay tax bills before the New Year. The Clerk’s office mailed out tax bills on December 22nd. You can also view and print your 2018 Town and County tax bill by clicking the yellow highlighted link at the top of this page:  The look-up system does not need you to fill in every field on the screen – you can just enter your last name, for example, to find your bill.

The Clerk’s office will be open to accept payments on:

Thursday, Decebmer 28th 8am-4pm
Friday, December 29th 8am-4pm

REGULAR business hours (8am-4pm, M-F) resuming January 2nd

You can pay your taxes in person during the above hours, or leave a payment in our locked drop box, located outside the front door of Town Hall. You can also pay your tax bill online (for a fee) – see the details and fees here. The Clerk’s office will be collecting Town and County taxes through January 31st without a penalty. Visit the Tax Collector page here for more information. We also have compiled this handy Tax FAQ’s page.

Village of Cayuga Heights

Due to the new tax law, many people are wanting to pre-pay their 2018 Village property taxes.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept prepayments on Village tax bills.  The governor’s executive order does not include villages.  Since our fiscal year begins on June 1st, we will not be able to produce a tax warrant that will allow prepayment of taxes until the budget for the new fiscal year is established in May of 2018.

 Town of Enfield

The Enfield Town and County Property Tax bills have been mailed out.

You may pay in advance either on line, mail in the payment – has to be postmarked by December 31 for payment in 2017, or come to our office 168 Enfield Main Road.

You can check how much your bill is on line at the website below or call our office at 607-273-8256.

Our office is open today (Wednesday) 12/27 from 3 to 6 pm and Thursday 12/28 from 3 to 6 pm.

Below is the link on our website for details on Property Taxes.

Town of Caroline

Clerk’s Office open Thurs Dec 28 9am – 3pm
OR mail check to:
Town of Caroline, PO Box 136, Slaterville Springs, NY 14881  OR
CLICK HERE to see your tax bill and/or Pay Online.
Credit Card fee = $1.95 + 2..45% transaction fee
Debit card fee = $3.95
Online Check fee = $1.75

(fee charged by payment processor not the town)

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Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.