Frequently Asked Questions
- Tax Department
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- Assessment Department
- STAR Program
- Justice Office
Frequently Asked Questions
| When do the tax bills come out?|
The County and Town taxes are sent out the end of December and are due January 31st. This tax bill covers from January thru December of the current year. The School taxes are sent out the beginning of September with the due date varying from year to year depending on when they are mailed out. Thirty days are allowed for the collection. The School tax bill covers from July 1st of the current year thru June 30th of the next year.
| Where do I pay my tax bill and who do I make it out to?|
County, Town and School Taxes for the town of Salina are collected at the Receiver of Taxes Office, Rm109, 201 School Road, Liverpool, NY from January 2nd thru March 31st and September and October payable to Alicia J MacCollum, Receiver of Taxes. After March 31st all delinquent payments are made to Onondaga County Chief Fiscal Officer, 421 Montgomery St, PO Box 1004, Syracuse NY 13201-1004.
|What are your office hours?|
| Do you accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards?|
We accept cash, personal checks, cashier checks and money orders. Third party checks are NOT acceptable. Currently, the only credit card accepted is the Novus Card (Discover) with a flat fee charged by the credit card company from $2.00 to $25.00 depending on the amount of the charge. Visa and Mastercard are currently not accepted, as they charge the merchant fee of approximately 2 to 3% to the property owner on the amount charged, which can be high on a tax bill.
| Do you accept partial payments?|
Yes. The first partial payment may be any amount and must be paid on or before the due date. There may be four payments for County & Town taxes and three payments for School taxes. Each payment after the due date must include current penalties due, only on the tax amount being made. No partial payments may be accepted on properties with delinquent taxes, unless in a current installment agreement at the county. All payments made after the close of collection at the town have to be made in full at the county.
|Do you accept postmarked mail?|
| If I make my tax payment through online banking on the last day will it be on time?|
According to the current law it would be late as it could not be postmarked on the due date. Online banking gives the number of days it takes to process the payment. Leave enough days for the payment to be in the office on or before the due date as the envelopes do not come postmarked and are not accepted.
| What are the tax rates in the town?|
The tax rates are calculated annually. The school tax rates (library included), may be multiplied by the assessment to attain the full tax amount. The County and Town tax rates vary as there are special districts on the tax bills. Each area has its own special districts and there are different tax rates inside the village and out. Bills may be calculated at our office.
|Do I have to pay a penalty if I didn't receive a tax bill?|
Planning and Development
| Can I run a home business from my property? |
The Zoning Ordinance does not permit a home occupation. The Zoning Ordinance defines a home occupation as: A nonresidential activity customarily conducted within a dwelling unit, in which clients or customers are allowed, expected or encouraged to visit the premises. Therefore any activity that would involve this activity would be prohibited. A good rule of thumb; if your neighborhood is impacted by your home business activity, it is probably not OK.
|Do I need a building permit to install a wood or gas stove or fireplace insert?|
|How long is a permit good for?|
| Why do I need a commercial building and zoning permit for a change in tenant if I am not doing any construction?|
A building and zoning permit is required by the Town Zoning Ordinance. We inspect the tenant space to verify that it is still in compliance with the Zoning Ordinance and the New York State Building Code and that no changes have been made that would interfere with safe exiting or become a fire hazard. We then issue a Certificate of Compliance for the new tenant. Insurance carriers and bank are increasingly requiring Certificate of Compliance for tenants.
|Is a permit required to build a fence?|
| What are the requirements to obtain a building permit for an accessory structure i.e. shed, deck or pool?|
You must fill out a building and zoning permit application. It must be accompanied by 2 sets of scaled drawings showing how the structure is to be built. Pools obviously are exempt from the requirement of scaled drawings. Sheds, if pre-built, can be accompanied by the manufacturer's literature illustrating the construction. We also need 2 plot plans of the property lines and the dwelling. If you do not have a plot plan or survey of your property we may be able to help you. If you or the previous homeowner has applied for a building permit within the last 10 years, we may have a plot plan or survey of your property in our files. Contractor's workers' compensaton forms are also required at the time of application.
|How do I get a permit?|
|How long does it take to receive a permit?|
| Can demolition or construction begin without a permit?|
NO! Only work that does not require a permit or emergency repairs may proceed. Work conducted without a required permit is subject to a Stop Work Order, Notice of Violation and Double Permit Fees. Additionally removal of the work may be necessary to show compliance with the Building Code requirements.
|How do I know what inspections are required?|
|How do I report a potential property maintenance violation?|
| What happens when a property owner does not comply with an order to address property maintenance violations?|
The Town tries to be somewhat flexible and work with people who are making a good faith attempt at addressing violations. On a case-by-case basis, compliance deadlines may be extended to accommodate those trying to address the violations. If a property owner fails to address the violations within the given timeframe, the owner will be prosecuted and/or the Town may send a contractor to the property to correct the violation.
|Note: All the information on our web page is intended for information purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for legal or other professional advice. You should not rely on this information in buying real estate or hiring a contractor without first contacting an attorney.|
Parks and Recreation
|Does the Town of Salina have senior citizen groups?|
|Do I need a permit to use one of the parks for a family reunion?|
|Does the town offer swimming lessons?|
|Is there a fee to swim at a Town of Salina pool?|
|I'm new to the area and my son would like to play baseball. How do I find out about organizational sports in the town?|
|I am interested in putting together an adult softball team. Does the town have a league that we can join?|
|Does the Town of Salina Parks & Rec Department sponsor day camp or day care during the summer months when the kids are out of school?|
|What kind of seasonal jobs does the parks department have for teenagers?|
|I'm interested in having a wedding at the Butterfly Garden. Does the Town of Salina take reservations?|
|How do I Obtain a Marriage License and what do I need to bring to the appointment?|
A New York State marriage license can be obtained from the Town Clerk's Office and is issued Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 4pm. The license is valid for 60 days and it must be issued 24 hours prior to getting married. Both parties must appear in person and provide appropriate documentation to establish proof of age and identity. An applicant must present one of the following age related documents: Birth Certificate, Baptismal record or Naturalization record AND one of the following identity related documents: Driver's License, Passport, Employment picture ID, Immigration record. If this is not the first marriage, applicants must present certified documents of the dissolution of the previous marriage [i.e. - final judgment of divorce decree (date stamped and sealed by the court clerk) or death certificate]. The cost of the license is $40.00, payable by cash or check. Please call for an appointment. We do take same day appointments.
Marriage Transcripts and certified copies of marriages filed with the Town of Salina are available at a cost of $10.00. Proper proof of identity must be presented to acquire a copy.
|Where and How do I apply for a United States Passport?|
Our office is designated as an agent of the U.S. Department of State for processing new U.S. Passport applications. Our office can supply all related forms or they may be down loaded from the U.S. Department of State's website. http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/index.html Please refer to the U.S. Department of State's website for all questions or information pertaining to passports, passport cards and travel. Two passport photographs as well as an original birth certificate with a raised seal and both parents' names showing on the certificate are required to process the application. Please refer to the website for additional required documents if applicable. Our office does not take passport pictures. Passport applications are processed by appointment Monday through Friday 9:00am to 3:30pm.
|Where do I obtain a Handicap Permit?|
|Where can I purchase a hunting or fishing license?|
Hunting and Fishing licenses are available for purchase in our office. Annual hunting licenses and privileges are valid from September 1 through August 31 each year. Fishing Licenses are valid for one full year (365 days) from the date of purchase. Please provide a driver's license, last year's license or a valid form of identification. A fishing license is required for anyone over the age of sixteen years of age. For additional information, please visit www.dec.ny.gov.
|How and when do I license my dog?|
All dogs four months or older must be licensed in the town in which they reside. The license is renewed annually. Proof of current rabies in the form of a rabies certificate is required to license any dog. Proof of spay or neutering is also required to take advantage of a reduction in the licensing fee. Please notify our office if you no longer have the dog so we may update our records.
|How do I obtain a Peddlers/Licenses & Transient Merchant License.|
In the Town Clerk's Office; Ordinance Permits/Licenses: To obtain a Peddlers/Solicitor's License an application must be filled out for a License also a criminal history records check is required.
License fees for each person:
One month or less $ 50.00
Six months or less $ 75.00
Six months, but less than one year $100.00
To obtain a Transient Merchant License an application must be filled out and the application must be accompanied by certified check for $350.00 per each thirty (30) day period. Applicant must post surety bond in the amount of $2,000.00 with a surety company.
|Where would I obtain Bingo, Games of Chance and Bell Jar License|
|Who is the trash hauler for the Town of Salina?|
|Who picks up large items and what does that include?|
|Where can I dispose of excluded items not picked up by the trash hauler?|
|Who picks up yard waste?|
|What office handles traffic tickets & fines?|
|What number would I call for a street light that is out?|
|Where can I pick up blue bins?|
|Where would I call if I had a Sewer back up?|
|Is there a townwide leaf pick-up?|
The Town of Salina contracts with Waste Management to pick up yard waste including leaves left in open containers from March 15th to December 15th. Beginning around the first week in November, the Highway Department picks up leaves raked to the edge of the road, they continue until the winter weather begins at which time they turn their attention to plowing.
|How would I obtain a building permit?|
|How much are my taxes?|
|What tax exemptions are available?|
Town of Salina offers a number of exemptions, they include but are not limited to:
Star (form #RP-425)
Enhanced Star (form #RP-425)
Disability (form RP-459)
Gold Star Parents (form #RP-458a)
Veterans (form #RP-458-a)
Clergy (form #RP-460)
Volunteer Firefighter/Ambulance Worker (form#RP-466-g)
Residency is a requirement for all above exemptions.
|What is STAR?|
|Enhanced STAR Exemption|
The Enhanced STAR exemption is available to senior citizens whose prior year Adjusted Gross incomes minus taxable amount (of total IRA distributions) do not exceed the amount set by New Yrok State for the current year's Assessment Roll. The Enhanced Star exemption requires an annual filing with the assessor's office. You must apply or re-apply by March 1, in order to receive exemption on the current years School Tax Bill.
|Basic STAR Exemption|
The Basic STAR exemption is available to all other persons regardless of age. The Basic Star requires a one-time only application as long as the ownership circumstances do not change.
Information on all other exemptions please contact the Assessment Office.
Are available on line www.orps.state.ny.us
|Who is the owner of a property?|
|What is my assessment?|
|Is a property in the Town of Salina?|
Property townships may be obtained on the County web site www.ongov.net or by contacting the Assessment office during business hours.
|How do I change the mailing address/name on my property?|
|How do I challenge my assessment?|
|What is an Assessment Update?|
New York state law requires that assessments be fair, and that all properties be assessed at a uniform percent of market value. This is achieved by conducting yearly updates.
Market values change. If the assessments do not reflect these changes, then some property taxpayers could pay more than their fair share of taxes, while others may pay less than their fair share. Revaluations are intended to maintain fairness throughout the community.
|How do market changes impact assessments?|
For example, four home owners purchased homes in Salina for $100,000 in 2002. Over the years, the value of real estate has changed. House "A" may now sell for $80,000, house "B" may still sell for $100,000, house "C" may now sell for $120,000 and house "D" may now sell for $160,000.
Updating the assessments will reflect the new market values and will fairly distribute the tax burden based on the current market value of each property.
|If you need to contact the court:|
Justice Carey's Office number is 457- 4252 - Court every Thursday
Justice Piraino's Office number is 457- 4251 - Court every Wednesday
If you have a Criminal or Vehicle and Traffic case:
If your last name starts with letters A - K call Justice Carey's office.
If your last name starts with letters L - Z call Justice Piraino's office
If you have a town ordinance parking ticket:
If your appearance ticket tells you to appear Thursday, Friday, Saturday - contact Justice Carey's office.
If your appearance ticket tells you to appear Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - contact Justice Piraino's office.
If you have a Town Code Violation call Justice Carey's office
If you have a Town Animal Control Violation call Justice Piraino's office
If you have an Eviction or Small Claims action contact the Justice the civil is filed with.
***Email transmissions are not accepted for any correspondence, ie adjournments***
|What time is Court?|
JUDGE PIRAINO: Court is held on every Wednesday,
Evictions for Judge Piraino @ 3:30pm
Attorney's and Criminal Matters @5:00pm,
Traffic Infractions @6:00pm
Small Claims @ 6:30pm
JUDGE CAREY: Court is held on every Thursday,
Evictions for Judge Carey @ 4:30pm
Attorney's and Criminal Matters @5:00pm,
Traffic Infractions @6:00pm
Small Claims @ 6:30pm
|How do I make a payment?|
Cash is accepted Mon - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm. Mail a certified bank check or money order with Case Number and exact amount! We do not accept personal checks. Mastercard & Visa credit cards ACCEPTED with a signature. You may pay with a credit card in person, fax or mail a filled out fine/fee notice back to the court.
|How do I file an eviction in the Town of Salina?|
|Did you receive a Ticket?|
MOST Traffic Violations can be handled through the mail by signing either Guilty or Not Guilty. NOT BOTH! The court will respond depending on how you plea. If you do not receive any paperwork from the court within a week, you should call our office. Be sure to make a copy of your ticket for your records.
***If your ticket is not written as an Infraction, and is indicated a Misdemeanor, YOU MUST APPEAR IN PERSON, on the original court date.
|How do I file a Small Claims?|
Judge Piraino: You can file in ROOM 117, The FIRST 3 business days of each Month between 9-4. Requirements are: The person you are suing MUST reside in the Town of Salina. You must know the name and address of the person you are suing and the law suit cannot exceed $3,000.00.
Judge Carey: You can file in ROOM 116, The SECOND 3 business days of each Month between 9-4.
SAME REQUIREMENTS APPLY AS ABOVE