WGVA 106.3FM 1240AMMix 98.5101.7 The WallWFLR Finger Lakes Country Classic Hits 99.3The Lake 100.1/104.5 WAUB 96.3FM 1590AM

Sempronius Failed to Properly Administer Property Tax Exemptions


One Cayuga County town will need to make changes after it did not properly administer select real property tax exemptions.

According to the state Comptroller’s Office, the Assessor did not ensure applicants provided the necessary documentation to grant an exemption or obtain said documentation.

A review of 58 exemptions totalling $2.7 million in the Town of Sempronius found that 32 of them, totalling $1.4 million, lacked the documentation required to verify eligibility and the Assessor’s exemption calculation. The office adds that miscalculated or inappropriately granted exemptions can cause inequality among taxpayers.

The town agreed to the comptroller’s recommendations to “ensure applicants provide supporting documentation before granting exemptions, retain documentation to support eligibility, and periodically verify that those granted exemptions qualify,” and to “review data entered in the Real Property Tax System (RPTS) periodically to ensure accuracy.”

Get the top stories on your radio 24/7 on Finger Lakes News Radio 96.3 and 1590, WAUB and 106.3 and 1240, WGVA, and on Finger Lakes Country, 96.1/96.9/101.9/1570 WFLR.