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For the Agricultural Value Assessment Program

Office Contact:  Alex McGraw - 315-835-6040

The State Legislature initially enacted the New York Agricultural Districts Law in 1971 to protect and PROMOTE the availability of land for farming purposes.  Subsequent amendments have broadened its scope.  The Agricultural Districts Law provides for reduced property tax bills for land in agricultural production by limiting the assessment of such land to its prescribed agricultural assessment value.  Owners whose land satisfies the eligibility requirements may apply for an agricultural assessment.

The Seneca County Soil and Water Conservation District offers this service by appointment only, January 1st through February 28th (during normal business hours) for landowners applying for an Agricultural Assessment.


The fee for this service is $30.00 per parcel, new or revised.


To begin this process first check with your assessor for eligibility requirements.  Then call our office (315)568-4366 Ext. 6040 to make an appointment.  You will need a copy of your current tax bill for each parcel available when you come in.  A staff member will go over the property boundaries and the fields you have that are in agricultural production.

You will be notified by phone when your Soil Group Worksheet is complete and ready to be picked up.  You will have the opportunity to review your SGW with a staff member and then sign it.  You will then receive two copies; one for your records and one for your assessor.  You must file this with your assessor by March 1st to receive the tax exemption.  It is your responsibility to get this to your assessor; we do not provide this to them for you.

For further information please contact our office.

Other Resources:
Seneca County Real Property Tax Office

Soil Group Worksheet Information

Seneca County NY Assessors:

Lodi/Ovid/Romulus/Varick - 607-869-9689

Anne Morgan, 7202 South Main Street, Ovid, NY 14521 Email

Covert - 607-274-5511

Tompkins County Dept. of Assessment, Jay Franklin, Director, Irene Kehoe, Asst. Director

128 Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY 14850  Email

Seneca Falls - 315-568-9700

Deborah Von Wald, 130 Ovid Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148  Email

Junius/Tyre - 315-539-2711

Philip Griswold, 1310 Gassner Road, Waterloo, NY 13165  Email

Fayette/Waterloo - 315-539-0206

Jim Cleere, Town Office Building, 66 Virginia Street, Waterloo, NY 13165  Email

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