Many homeowners have their property taxes paid from an escrow account through their mortgage company. It is vitally important that you maintain close scrutiny of your property tax payment history even if you do not pay your taxes directly. You and/or your lender are not exempt from the various penalties, fees and proceedings that become relevant if an error results in the late or non-payment of your property taxes.

New Home Owners: Contact the Tax Receiver as soon as possible.  Property owners are responsible for updating information with the Tax Receiver and will face penalties if payment is late as a result.

Name/Address Change

Name Change: To change a name on an assessment record the Assessor’s Office must have legal verification (death certificate, marriage license, divorce decree) for the name change. The Assessor cannot add or delete a property owner’s name without proof of legal change. Please complete the name change form and return it to our office with a copy of the legal verification either in person or by mail. Change of Name Form.

Address Change: To change the address for mailing any information sent from Assessor’s Office or from Tax Receiver for tax bills, a written request must be presented to the Assessor’s Office, signed by the owner of the property. Please complete the address change form, signed by the property owner, and return it to the Assessor’s Office, either in person or by mail.   Change of Address Form.

Assessment Schedule

The assessment schedule (including information on tentative roll, final roll and Grievance Day) is on the Assessor’s Page. Further information on assessment review is on the Board of Assessment Review Page.

Payment Schedule

Town/County tax bills will be mailed the end of December. Town/County taxes are payable by the last day of January with No penalty. February and March have penalties which are shown on all tax bills. April 1st the collection goes to the Onondaga County Chief Fiscal Officer.

Village tax bills are mailed the end of May. Village taxes are due the last day of June with No penalty and can be paid through October 30th with a penalty per the schedule.

School tax bills are mailed the end of August. School taxes are due by the last day of September with no penalty. The penalty for October is on the schedule. Both the Village and the School records go to the County on November 1st. Taxes payable to the County have a penalty which appears on the bills.

Tax payments may be made in person using cash or check at the Tax office. If mailing your payment, please mail your entire bill to the Tax office with your check and the top will be returned to you with the proper date stamp. This is your receipt which you will need for tax purposes.

If you plan to pay your taxes near the end of the month, have your envelope postmarked at the Post Office. Only a U.S. Postal Service postmark is acceptable under NYS tax law 922 for proof of a timely payment.

Payment Options


Partial Payments: Partial payments may be made on your taxes unless there are delinquencies at the County. The first partial payment may be any amount, but MUST be paid in the penalty-free period. All subsequent payments will reflect the penalty percent for that date. You can make up to 4 payments for the Town, County and Village taxes, and 3 payments for school taxes.

Paying Online: If you are going to be paying online, you need to know that many of those payments are NOT done instantly. The company cuts a check payable to the Receiver of Taxes and MAILS it to the tax office. Yes, snail mail. There is NO direct deposit of these payments. These payment envelopes DO NOT get a U S Postal Service postmark, which is to be used as date of receipt. (Real Property Tax Law 925) Therefore, many arrive at the tax office after the due date and we have to return them to the property owners and request the penalty. This makes for some VERY unhappy taxpayers. You NEED to contact your Bank and verify their policy and time structure for such payments. We do not want you to be uniformed. If you are going to use this service you MUST be sure to have the payment to us by the due date.

Town/County Property Tax Collections


In Person or via Regular Mail 1/1 through 3/31

Payable to “Nicole Walsh, Receiver of Taxes”
8236 Brewerton Rd
Cicero, NY 13039-6402

After 4/1 (via regular mail):

Onondaga County Chief Fiscal Officer
P.O. Box 1004
Syracuse, NY 13201-1004
315-435-2426

Village Tax Collections


In Person or via Regular Mail 6/1 through 10/31

Payable to “Nicole Walsh, Receiver of Taxes”
8236 Brewerton Road
Cicero, NY 13039-6402

After 11/1 (or via regular mail):

Onondaga County Chief Fiscal Officer
P.O. Box 1004
Syracuse, NY 13201-1004
315-435-2426

School Tax Collections


In Person or via Regular Mail 9/1 through 10/31

Payable to “Nicole Walsh, Receiver of Taxes”
8236 Brewerton Road
Cicero, NY 13039-6402

After 11/1 (via regular mail):

Onondaga County Chief Fiscal Officer
P.O. Box 1004
Syracuse, NY 13201-1004
315-435-2426

Tax Schedule


Reminder: If you plan to pay your taxes near the end of the month, have your envelope postmarked at the Post Office. Only a U.S. Postal Service postmark is acceptable under NYS tax law 922 for proof of a timely payment.

January:
Combined Town/County property tax collection begins.

February:
Penalty period commences for Town/County property tax collection.

March:
Last day to pay Town Tax to Town (March 31).

April:
Unpaid Town/County taxes returned to County Treasurer.

June:
Village tax collection begins.

July:
Penalty period commences for Village taxes.

August:
Village taxes are payable with penalty.

September:
School tax collection begins.
Village payments still accepted with penalty.

October:
Penalty period commences for School taxes.
Village payments still accepted with penalty.

November:
Unpaid Village and School taxes returned to County Treasurer.

Additional Tax Forms

Click here for the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to view, download and print the following tax collection related forms:

  • Request For Mailing of Duplicate Tax Bills or Statements of Unpaid Taxes to a Third Party

Tax Tips


Include phone number: If you are mailing your payment to us, please include a daytime phone number. Many times there is a small issue that we could resolve immediately with a quick phone call rather than cause a delay and a “late payment” fee.

Escrowed taxes: Your bank or mortgage company will most likely pay your taxes at the end of the penalty fee month in which they are due. We will proof and stamp all receipts and mail them to the Homeowner of Record by the 15th of the next month. Homeowners who are no longer escrowed are asked to contact the Tax office immediately so we can update our records and get any tax bills to you directly.

Third Party Notices: Notices are available for property owners who, due to illness or age, wish to have a concerned party also be mailed a copy of their bill. This does NOT in any way make this party responsible for monies due. You will need form RP923

Exemptions: As a property owner in NYS, you may be eligible for various exemptions that can reduce the amount of taxes owed. Information on exemption programs for veterans, seniors and other categories are available through our Assessor’s Office.

Not in Cicero for the winter? In January (Only) our office will temporarily change your mailing address to ensure that you receive your current tax bill in a timely fashion. This gets your mail to you more quickly than a “Mail forward”. We will then put it back to the Cicero address for the Village and School cycles.

County Website: This is available for homeowners in the County. You can view your tax records, assessment information and even print copies of any receipts you might need. www.ongov.net