News Release - City Rolls Out “Get the Facts” Reassessment Resource Sessions

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024) – Mayor Malik Evans is inviting homeowners with questions about their 2024 property reassessment and its potential impact on their July 1, 2024 tax bills to get answers from City Hall at one or more “Get the Facts” reassessment resource sessions. Mayor Evans has planned five resource fairs throughout the city over the next three weeks to provide homeowners with personalized assistance and accurate information about the City’s reassessment process.

“Every four years, we conduct a citywide property reassessment to ensure equitable and accurate property valuations,” said Mayor Evans. “The real estate market is red-hot and that has understandably impacted this year’s reassessments. Anyone who wants to know how their property taxes will be impacted this year can bring the Full Disclosure Notice they received in December from the City to one of our resource fairs to get accurate information and individualized attention on their 2024 assessment estimate.”

City assessment professionals and licensed appraisers will be on hand at each resource session to help homeowners who still have questions about their disclosure notices.

Get the Facts Reassessment Resource Session Schedule 


6:30–8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28
The Honorable Willie Walker Lightfoot R-Center for Equity and Justice
271 Flint St.
(585) 428-7001

10 a.m.–12 noon, Saturday, Mar. 2
Charlotte Branch Library
2557 Lake Ave.
(585) 428-8216
6:30–8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 6
Frederick Douglass R-Center
999 South Ave.
(585) 428-6015

10 a.m.– 2 noon, Saturday, Mar. 9
David F. Gantt R-Center
700 North St.
(585) 428-7149
6:30–8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 12
Edgerton R-Center
41 Backus St.
(585) 428-6769

The regular, accurate assessment and valuation of property ensures that the property tax levy is distributed fairly and equitably. For example, if a reassessment didn’t adjust to reflect actual real estate market values, longtime city homeowners could be subsidizing the property tax burdens of new homeowners who purchased their homes at much higher property market values.

Every four years, the City conducts a citywide property reassessment to ensure that property values remain as close to possible to their “fair market value” — what they would sell for on the current market. To estimate the new values, the City utilizes several factors, including comparative analyses of current sales of similar homes in the same neighborhood, assessments of a property’s physical features such as condition, square footage, number of bathrooms, quality of construction, and more.

The last citywide reassessment occurred in 2020. For the 2024 reassessment, the City evaluated more than 64,000 properties.

Every city property owner was sent a letter in December 2023 containing their property’s assessment estimate for 2024. That letter—called the Full Disclosure Notice—conveyed the property’s current assessment value next to the City’s new estimate of the property’s 2024 market value. The letter included an estimate of the expected tax increase or tax decrease based on the new valuation with no allowance for tax exemptions or credits. It also included instructions and deadlines for scheduling a review with City Assessment staff to discuss the assessment, instructions on how to officially contest their preliminary assessment, and information about available tax exemptions and credits. Since that notice was sent, the City has conducted more than 5,400 informal reviews.

At this stage of the process, property owners wishing to contest their 2024 assessment estimate must complete a formal grievance form (N.Y. State Real Property Law RP-524)—which can be obtained at City Hall, online at, or by calling (585) 428-7221. This form, along with supporting documentation, must be received by the City by March 19, 2024. The City Board of Assessment Review (BAR) will then conduct hearings in March and April where owners can provide sworn testimony. The Board will review each complaint, make a determination, and notify applicants of the outcome by mail.

Property taxes will not automatically increase simply because a property is assessed at a higher market value. If a property’s assessed value was increased by less than the average increase citywide, the tax bill for that property is likely to decrease. If the assessment stayed relatively the same, or did not go beyond the citywide average increase, the estimated taxes will likely decrease or stay relatively the same.

This year—because of national and local trends—assessments went up citywide. Therefore, the tax levy will be distributed over a broader tax base and the City’s tax rate is expected to go down proportionally.


The Administration of Mayor Malik D. Evans strives to create a safe, equitable and prosperous Rochester by inspiring hope and delivering opportunity for everyone. Guided by the Administration’s Mission, Vision and Values and the principles of the “Rochester 2034” comprehensive plan, City employees are committed to providing exceptional customer service, transparent stewardship, and collaborative leadership to foster a vibrant community that empowers personal, professional and generational growth for all who live, work or play in the city of Rochester.