An Important Message from Putnam County Regarding School Tax Collection. This affects Putnam County residents in the towns of Putnam Valley, Carmel and Philipstown only.

The Putnam County Commissioner of Finance has announced that the 2019/2020 School Tax Collection Process has been temporarily suspended, due to a file control error causing Veterans Exemptions to exceed maximum limits and thereby causing the 2019/2020 School tax bills to be incorrect. 

New corrected 2019/2020 School tax bills will be mailed the week of September 16, and will be clearly marked CORRECTED Tax Bill and be printed in yellow. The vast majority of taxpayers will see a small reduction in their tax bill, while approximately 3,300 people receiving the affected exemptions will receive a corrected tax bill that will be comparable to the school tax bill that they have received in previous years.

Due to this error, the tax collection period will be extended as follows:

  • 1st half partial payments will be due October 7th, 2019.
  • Full Pay payments without interest are Due October 21st, 2019.

Tax payers wishing to pay in person can contact their Local Tax Collector the week of September 16 for the date that in person payments will resume.

Those taxpayers that have already paid their school taxes will receive a refund if their school taxes were overpaid, or must pay the difference to the Local School Tax Collector if they are underpaid.

The Commissioner of Finance stated, "We apologize to our School District and Municipal Officials, and most importantly the taxpayers that we all serve, for the inconvenience caused by this error. We will be putting into place procedures to help ensure that this does not happen again."

For further information regarding this Press Release,please contact the Commissioner of Finance at 845-808-1075.