Oyster Bay Town residents are reminded that the First Half of the 2018-2019 School Tax Levy is due on October 1st, but can be paid without penalty through November 13th. Please be certain to sign your check, and make it payable to James J. Stefanich, Receiver of Taxes. Indicate your property’s S.D. Code, Section, Block, Lot and Phone number on the check.
“By law, a taxpayer has a 40-day penalty free period from the date the tax is due during which payment may be made without penalty,” Receiver Stefanich explained. “After the 40 days, a one percent penalty is added for each month the tax remains unpaid, retroactive to October 1st.”
“Tax Bills are expected be mailed in the beginning of October, after the collection warrant’s computer-based information is processed, verified and certified as correct by the Receiver’s Office.”
“Residents can pay in person, by either cash or check, at the Tax Office, Oyster Bay Town Hall West, 74 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, or by check only at the Receiver of Taxes Office, Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa,” the Receiver stated. “Our office in Town Hall South can be reached by the rear entrance of the building. When paying the tax bill in person, taxpayers are reminded to bring the entire tax bill with their payments.”
Residents who prefer to mail in their payments should send them to the Office of the Receiver of Taxes, 74 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771-1539. Payments being made by mail should include the first half stub. Residents should NOT write on, fold, staple or otherwise deface the tax stub as it can cause the computer system to reject the payment.
“Taxpayers also have access to the 2018-2019 School tax information on our online system via a link on the Town website, www.oysterbaytown.com. Residents may view current tax bills, print out a hard copy, or pay taxes with an ACH check payment or credit card. Please be aware there is a service fee for paying taxes online (Town of Oyster Bay receives no portion of fee).”
Receiver Stefanich reminds residents that school taxes are set by their local school districts, and the Town of Oyster Bay is not involved in that process. Any questions related to school tax rates and amounts should be addressed to the resident’s school district. The telephone number for each school district is printed on the front of the school tax bill.
“When calling the Tax Office at (516) 624-6400, residents are requested to have the school district, section, block and lot numbers of the property in question available. This information is listed on the tax bill and on the property deed.”