Town of Cortland, NY

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Code Enforcement ( Building) Division
   Code Enforcement General
      - What Zoning District is my property located in?
      - What does not require a permit?
      - How do I apply for a Variance from the Zoning Ordinance?
      - How do obtain a plan of my septic system?
      - How do I obtain my Section, Block and Lot numbers?
      - Where can I get a copy of the Town Code, Zoning Code, or Ordinances?
      - Who do I call regarding trees in the street right-of-way?
      - Where can I get FEMA, floodplain information?
      - Where can I get a copy of the Zoning Map?
      - Where can I get Topographic Maps for the Town of Cortlandt?
      - Where do I get information on Permitted Uses and area requirements for my property?
      - What do I do to license my dog?
      - Are pets prohibited in areas of the Town?
 
Department of Technical Services
   Engineering General
      - How can I get my road paved?
 
Engineering Division
   Engineering General
      - Where can I get a copy of the Town Code, Zoning Code, or Ordinances?
      - Where can I get a copy of the Zoning Map?
      - Who do I contact to clean out a clogged drainage ditch, catch basin, or manhole?
 
Highway Division
   Highway General
      - How many miles of town dedicated roads in the inventory?
      - How much money, on average, does the Town spend on repaving and resurfacing of roads?
      - What is the level of service for snow and ice control?
      - How does the Highway Division handle parking during storm events?
      - What are some other winter weather reminders?
      - Does the Town use salt?
      - Does the Town use sand?
      - Does the Town use straight, 100% salt in the spreaders?
      - Are there other anti-icing products applied prior to storm events?
      - Should you call the Highway Division during a storm event to request status of operation?
      - Does the Town hire private independent contractors?
      - When do we change over from a salt sanding spreading to plowing?
      - Does the Town subscribe to any weather forecasting and alert system notification?
      - What do I do about the snow bank in front of my driveway?
      - Operation Snow Flake, what is it?
      - What is needed most during a winter weather event?
      - Where can I find information regarding any winter weather event?
 
Planning Division
   Planning General
      - Is my property subdividable?
      - How long does the process of Subdivision or Site Plan Approval Take?
      - I want to sell a small piece of property to my neighbor. Does this action need Planning Board Approval
      - I want to subdivide my property but I think it may contain wetlands. What do I do?
      - I want to put up a sign at my business. Does that require Planning Board Approval?
      - How do I get information regarding a recent or past Planning Board case?
      - Where do I get information on Permitted Uses and area requirements for my property?
      - What Zoning District is my property located in?
      - How do I apply for a Variance from the Zoning Ordinance?
      - How do I obtain my Section Lot, Block numbers?
      - Where can I get FEMA, floodplain information?
 
Recreation & Conservation Department
   Recreation General
      - When are the Recreation Brochures mailed out?
      - Does the Town provide accident insurance?
      - Are there any facilities that the Residents can rent in the Town
 
   Recreation - Camp
      - When does registration for the Summer Camp Programs begin?
      - How many Campers are in the Town Camps?
      - What is the ratio of campers to counselors?
      - How do you determine if a camper is a swimmer or a non-swimmer?
      - Are swimming lessons offered in the summer camps?
      - Do the summer camps close on rainy days?
      - Does the 5th & 6th and 7th & 8th Grade Camps go on a trip everyday?
      - How are the children supervised on your camp trips?
      - What qualifications does a Camp Director need to have?
      - What is the minimum age for a camp counselor?
      - Who interviews potential Camp Counselors?
      - What is the rate of pay for camp counselors?
      - What first aid qualifications are required for a summer camp?
      - Do you have an EMT or nurse on the premises?
 
   Recreation - Skate Park
      - Is the Steven Hebert Memorial Skate Park supervised?
      - Can I ride my bike in the Steven Hebert Memorial Skate Park?
      - Am I required to wear a helmet when using the Steven Hebert Memorial Skate Park?
      - Do I need to sign up to use the Steven Hebert Memorial Skate Park?
      - How do I get a Skate Park Pass?
 
   Recreation - Sports
      - What Sport Leagues do we have in the Town?
      - Can out-of-town residents play on the Towns' youth sports teams?
      - Do you have playing time requirements for your Travel Teams?
      - How far away do your Travel Teams travel?
      - Where do you get your coaches?
      - Who chooses the Travel Coaches?
      - Do you have any basketball activities for grades (9-12)?
 
   Recreation - Sports - Basketball League
      - When does the Youth Basketball League Start?
      - Are there any playing requirements for Travel Basketball?
      - How many games do they play in Travel Basketball League?
 
   Recreation - Sports - Football League
      - How often is Football practice?
      - Is football too rough or will my child get hurt playing football?
      - Do we have to purchase any equipment for football?
      - Can my child be on the same team as their friend?
 
   Recreation - Sports - Lacrosse League
      - Do you have any Lacrosse Programs?
      - Do you need any equipment for Lacrosse?
 
   Recreation - Sports - Soccer League
      - If my child played Fall Soccer, does he or she play for the same team for Spring Soccer?
      - How do I find out if a Soccer game is cancelled due to weather?
 
   Recreation - Sports - Softball League
      - Do you have any Fall Softball Leagues?
      - What nights are Softball League games played?
 
   Recreation - Youth Center
      - What is the Youth Center and who is eligible to attend?
      - How is the Youth Center staffed?
      - Where is the Youth Center located.
      - What are the hours of operation?
      - What activities are available to my child at the Youth Center?
      - What is the cost to attend the Youth Center?
      - Does my child need an identification card?
      - Can my child walk to the center?
      - Do children have telephone access?
      - What is your procedure in the event of an emergency, injury or if my child is asked to leave for the night due to untoward behavior?
 
Sanitation Division
   Refuse Collection
      - How do I dispose of paint?
      - How do I dispose of a freezer, de-humidifier, refrigerator, air-conditioner, or other appliance with Freon?
      - How do I dispose of a TV, VCR, computer monitor and other CRT (cathode ray tube) appliances?
      - Why was my large (greater than 32 gallons or 70 lbs.) not picked up?
      - What happens when my monthly Bulk Service is lost during a Holiday week?
      - How does the collection schedule change on a Holiday week?
      - Where does the household refuse/garbage go?
      - Where do the recyclable products go?
      - Why does the Town not pick up grass clippings?
      - How do I dispose of branches from trees?
      - How do I dispose of home re-modeling building materials and demolition debris?
      - How dangerous is the job of Sanitation Laborer?
      - Why is it BAD to place chemicals, liquids, etc. into trash?
      - What safety equipment is supplied on each truck?
      - What is a household chemical clean up day?
      - I am moving and have unused household chemicals to dispose, what do I do?
      - I have tires with and without metal rims, what do I do?
      - I am moving and missed my Friday bulk pick-up, what do I do?
      - What do I do with leaves?
      - Does the Town provide litter patrol?
      - What is Sharp Smarts?
      - How are dead animals removed and disposed?
      - Are plastic bags acceptable for collection of Thursday recyclables?
      - What is an "OOPS" sticker? And why did I get one?
      - Does the Town provide recycling bins?
      - I am a new resident, what should I do to start residential solid waste curbside collection?
 
Stormwater
   Stormwater
      - What do I do if I see someone dumping something other than rain down a storm drain?
      - Where does the storm drain go?
      - What is the purpose of the storm drain system?
      - Why are there markers on the storm drains with a message?
      - What do I do if I see mud and water flowing from a construction site onto the street?
      - What is the difference between putting water down the storm drain or putting it down the toilet or sink?
      - Who fixes clogged storm drains?
      - Why shouldn't yard trimmings and soil go into the storm drain?
 
Tax Receiver
   How Property Tax Works
      - What Is the Property Tax?
      - What Determines the Amount of a Property Tax Bill?
      - What Kind of Property Is Assessed?
      - What Is an Assessment?
      - How Do I Know If My Assessment Is Right?
      - What Determines the Tax Rate?
      - How Is My Tax Bill Figured?
      - What Else May Occur Before the Tax Rate Is Final?
      - What Makes My Tax Bill Change?
 
   Tax Receiver
      - I never received my tax bill, or received it late, do I still have to pay the penalty?
      - If I mail my tax payment on the due date do I have to pay a penalty?
      - If the due date falls on the weekend may I pay my taxes without penalty on the next business day?
      - Can I pre-pay my taxes?
 
Town Clerk
   Town Clerk's Permits, Certificates, Licenses
      - How do I obtain a Birth Certificate?
      - How do I obtain a Death Certificate?
      - How do I obtain a Marriage License?
      - How do I obtain a Dog License?
      - How do I obtain a Hunting and Fishing License?
      - How do I obtain a Handicapped Parking Permit?
      - What if I need a BUILDING PERMIT
 
Water & Sewer Division
   Radio Water Meter
      - How does radio meter reading technology work?
      - Do I have to have it installed?
      - How much will it cost me to have AMR installed?
      - Will the radio system raise my water rates?
      - How long will this device work?
      - Will the low-frequency radio signal interfere with my cellular telephone, TV, personal computer or any other equipment?
      - How does AMR benefit me?
      - Who will perform the installations?
      - When can I expect the AMR system installations?
      - Who can I call if I have other questions?
 
   Water General
      - Sometimes my water is a rusty brown color. What causes this?
      - What can I do about chlorine odors in tap water?
      - My tap water often looks cloudy when first taken from a faucet, but then clears up. Why?
      - Should I buy bottled water?
      - Is New York City's water "hard"?
      - Does my water contain fluoride?
 


Code Enforcement ( Building) Division To Top
    Code Enforcement General
          What Zoning District is my property located in?
Contact Code Enforcement at (914)734-1010, to find out what a property is zoned.


          What does not require a permit?

Building Permits and subsequent Certificates of Occupancy are not required for:

Aboveground pools;

Storage sheds and other accessory structures less than 100 square feet in floor area and not permanently affixed to the ground;

Re-siding a building in which no sheathing is not removed or replaced;

Replacing Roof Shingles in which sheathing is not removed or replaced;

Solid fuel burning devices installed prior to January 1, 1984           

Patios on grade



          How do I apply for a Variance from the Zoning Ordinance?
The Zoning Board of Appeals grants relief, a variance, from the Zoning Ordinance.  Applications to the Zoning Board of Appeals are obtained from and filed with the Code Enforcement Division.  

You are encouraged to contact Ken Hoch at 734-1010 for any questions regarding an application before the Zoning Board of Appeals. Ken Hoch can also be reached via email at kenh@townofcortlandt.com.



          How do obtain a plan of my septic system?
The Town of Cortlandt does not have any information on file for septic systems.  The Westchester County Health Department, (link to http://www.westchestergov.com/health/) (914) 813-5000, has record of septic systems.  When you call the Health Department they may ask for the year the house was constructed and Tax Map Number (Section, block, and lot).  You can obtain this information from the Town of Cortlandt Tax Assessor, (914) 734-1040, although for homes constructed prior to our records the construction date may not be available.


          How do I obtain my Section, Block and Lot numbers?
To obtain a Section, Block and Lot Number, call the Code Enforcement Office, (914) 734-1010.  You will need the property address or owner's name.


          Where can I get a copy of the Town Code, Zoning Code, or Ordinances?

The Town Code, Zoning Ordinance, and other Ordinances can be purchased at the Town Clerk’s Office. (914-734-1020)

The Town Code can also be viewed on our website by clicking on "Town Code" on the left hand navigation bar.



          Who do I call regarding trees in the street right-of-way?
The Highway Division, (914) 734-0047, will determine if a tree is in the street right-of-way and they also maintain these trees.  


          Where can I get FEMA, floodplain information?
The Engineering Division provides local administration of the National Flood Insurance Program.   (FEMA/Engineering link to Engineering page section)


          Where can I get a copy of the Zoning Map?

Copies of Zoning Maps are available for $25.00 at the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall.



          Where can I get Topographic Maps for the Town of Cortlandt?
Topographic Maps are located in the DOTS: Engineering Division. You can contact them at 734-1060 or you can click on the website on the left hand navigation bar under "Departments" - "Engineering Division".


          Where do I get information on Permitted Uses and area requirements for my property?
Code Enforcement administers the Zoning Ordinance that designates permitted land uses and area requirements for construction.


          What do I do to license my dog?
The Town Clerk issues licenses for dogs.  You must bring proof of immunization and pay the required fees.  Dogs must be licensed every year.


          Are pets prohibited in areas of the Town?
Dogs are not allowed upon school grounds of any school within the Town of Cortlandt during the time of year when schools are open and between one hour prior to commencement of the school day and one hour after the end of the school day or upon a playground within said Town of Cortlandt at any hour during the time of year when playground activities are conducted.  


 
Department of Technical Services To Top
    Engineering General
          How can I get my road paved?
If you live on a Town road you can request your road be repaved by writing to the Supervisor and Town Board. Each year, the Director of Technical Services and the Director of Environmental Services prepare a Paving List for review and adoption by the Town Board.


 
Engineering Division To Top
    Engineering General
          Where can I get a copy of the Town Code, Zoning Code, or Ordinances?

The Town Code, Zoning Ordinance, and other Ordinances can be purchased at the Town Clerk’s Office. 

The Town Code can also be viewed at: Code of the Town of Cortlandt  



          Where can I get a copy of the Zoning Map?
Copies of Zoning Maps are available for $25.00 at the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall.


          Who do I contact to clean out a clogged drainage ditch, catch basin, or manhole?
Clogged catch basins and manholes are maintenance issues that are handled by the Highway Division, (914) 734-0047.


 
Highway Division To Top
    Highway General
          How many miles of town dedicated roads in the inventory?

Approximately 165 miles.



          How much money, on average, does the Town spend on repaving and resurfacing of roads?
Approximately one (1) million annually.


          What is the level of service for snow and ice control?

Level of service:

The reasonable approach and the desired outcome and goal of any winter weather event, is to provide a safe and clear travel way for the motoring public. The main priority is the Town major collector and connection roads with the second priority being the residential areas.



          How does the Highway Division handle parking during storm events?

Seasonal Parking:

No vehicle shall be placed on any Town streets, highways, or roads between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 7:00 a.m. on any day during the period of November 15th and April 15th.

Obstruction of snow removal equipment and operations?

It shall be unlawful to hinder or obstruct any vehicle or equipment in the operation of snowplowing, ice control, or snow removal and hauling on the Town streets, highways or roads.



          What are some other winter weather reminders?
The Town of Cortlandt is an area that on AVERAGE can experience annual snowfall of 35 inches. The Department of Environmental Services does not have the labor and equipment to provide a 24/7 coverage during the period of November 15th to April 15th.  There are sixteen (16) snow routes that include the approximately 160 miles of road in the Town. These routes include the major collector and connector roads to the Sate System, as well as, the secondary residential roads. Each of these routes is assigned one heavy plow truck with spreader and one small/pick-up truck with plow. Each heavy truck is staffed with one (1) MEO/Driver and one (1) laborer. Additional labor is obtained from the other DES Divisions, Sanitation and Parks, as well as, support of labor and trucks from the DOTS/Water Division.


          Does the Town use salt?
Yes, we do, as a deicer it is most effective.


          Does the Town use sand?
Yes, we do, an abrasive is often needed on roads with hills, slopes and inclines.


          Does the Town use straight, 100% salt in the spreaders?
No, we try to reduce salt being introduced into the environment by using some sand per traction.


          Are there other anti-icing products applied prior to storm events?
Yes, the Town does use some of these organic liquids that are effective at certain pavement temperature and atmospheric temperatures.


          Should you call the Highway Division during a storm event to request status of operation?
You can, but we prefer that you do not. We have staff that are on the road, radio dispatched from the base, in vehicles reporting conditions to the base.


          Does the Town hire private independent contractors?

Yes, we do; their use is limited, however they are available if needed.



          When do we change over from a salt sanding spreading to plowing?
Usually at about 3 inches on the ground; variable of atmospheric and pavement temperature conditions are deciding factors.


          Does the Town subscribe to any weather forecasting and alert system notification?
Yes.


          What do I do about the snow bank in front of my driveway?
Clear it out yourself; we wish we had the resources to return and plow this away but we do not. The first priority is the roadway, the snow bank is a result of the plow passing and usually is not avoidable.


          Operation Snow Flake, what is it?
Teenagers of the Town that can help you (Seniors) out with shoveling, call staff at the Morabito Community Center , see Office for the Aging- seniors in need of shoveling services.


          What is needed most during a winter weather event?

Your patience, Thank You



          Where can I find information regarding any winter weather event?
Your local radio station will give you forecasts regarding upcoming storms.


 
Planning Division To Top
    Planning General
          Is my property subdividable?

The Planning Division cannot answer whether a property is subdividable or not.  That decision is made by the Planning Board.  Planning Division staff can provide background information on the property such as if it has ever been before the Planning Board in the past, if it is generally steep or wet, etc.  A property owner should hire their own professional to investigate a property for potential subdivision.  Planning Division staff cannot recommend engineers or architects but a property owner may review past Planning Board agendas for examples of firms that do work in the Town of Cortlandt.



          How long does the process of Subdivision or Site Plan Approval Take?

 It varies on a case by case basis, however expect at least 6 – 12 months at a minimum.



          I want to sell a small piece of property to my neighbor. Does this action need Planning Board Approval

Yes.  However, refer to Section 265-13(D) of the Town of Cortlandt Subdivision Regulations for a definition of a “lot line adjustment”.  If your project meets the requirements of a lot line adjustment the process can usually be completed in two months.  If the amount of property to be transferred is greater that that allowed by a lot line adjustment, the transfer is considered a subdivision.



          I want to subdivide my property but I think it may contain wetlands. What do I do?

To determine if wetlands exist on your property, you should submit a copy of your property survey and a request for wetland flagging to the Planning Division.  The Planning Division will send a request to a Town approved Wetland Consultant who will submit an estimate of the cost to delineate the wetland.  You pay the Town the cost, plus a 10% administration fee and the wetland will be delineated.  See Chapter 179 of the Town Code “Freshwater Wetlands” for more information.

Contact the planning division with any questions (914) 734-1080.



          I want to put up a sign at my business. Does that require Planning Board Approval?

The Town has recently changed the sign ordinance to permit a staff level review and approval for certain signs.  These sign applications are still referred to and reviewed by the Architectural Advisory Council. Please check with Planning Division for specific information.   After the staff approves a sign, the applicant still needs to go the Code Enforcement Division to obtain a Sign Permit.

With respect to new construction and site plan approvals, signs are approved by the
 Planning Board.  The Planning Board referrs sign applications to the Architectural Advisory Council for a recommendation.  The Planning Board approves the aesthetics and location of a sign.  If a proposed sign is larger than is allowed on the building the applicant most apply to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance.  After the Planning Board approves a sign, the applicant still needs to go the Code Enforcement Division to obtain a Sign Permit.



          How do I get information regarding a recent or past Planning Board case?

The Planning Division maintains the Planning Board files and subdivision maps.  To find out if the Town has any information associated with a property you must have the Section, Block, and Lot Numbers (Tax Map Number) for the property.  If a file exists, you may view the file in the Planning Division or request the information via a FOIL (Freedom of Information) Request.  FOIL Requests are filed in the Town Clerks Office. 

Please be advised that the Planning Division maintains and stores older files in a cold storage room location.  It may take some time to research the stored files.



          Where do I get information on Permitted Uses and area requirements for my property?

The Code Enforcement division administers the Zoning Ordinance that designates permitted land uses and area requirements for construction.  (914) 734-1010.



          What Zoning District is my property located in?
The Code Enforcement division provides information regarding Zoning District. (914) 734-1010  


          How do I apply for a Variance from the Zoning Ordinance?

The Zoning Board of Appeals grants relief, a variance, from the Zoning Ordinance.  Applications to the Zoning Board of Appeals are obtained from and filed with the Code Enforcement Division.  (914) 734-1010.



          How do I obtain my Section Lot, Block numbers?
To obtain a Section, Lot, and Block Number, call the Tax Assessor’s Office, (914) 734-1040.  You will need the property address.  


          Where can I get FEMA, floodplain information?
The Engineering Division provides local administration of the National Flood Insurance Program.  


 
Recreation & Conservation Department To Top
    Recreation General
          When are the Recreation Brochures mailed out?
The Recreation Brochure will not longer be mailed out.  Not only will this protect the environment by saving on paper this will save $50,000 each year for our town budget.  The brochures will be available on line at townofcortlandt.com/rec and can be printed out in PDF format.

The Winter/Spring Brochure will be online the first week of January and lists all programs and leagues that are held in the Winter and the Spring.

The Summer Brochure has information concerning all of the Day Camp programs as well as the camps that are held for one week.  Also, the swimming facility information and the list of dates that ID cards and season passes are sold.  This brochure will be on line around the second week in April and lists all camps, progams and leagues that are held in the Summer as well as leagues that need to be registered for during the Summer that start in the Fall.

The Fall the brochure will be on line the week after Labor Day and programs usually start the 3rd week of September and lists all programs and leagues held in the fall.  Basketball League applications appear in this brochure for the league that starts in January.

We will have a minimal amount of printed brochures available in the Recreation office for those residents who do not have a computer.

Registration for all of our programs except for a few of our youth sport leagues cannot be registered on line.  Registration must be mailed in or be post marked in the Recreation Department.


          Does the Town provide accident insurance?

The Town does not provide Accident Insurance



          Are there any facilities that the Residents can rent in the Town
The Town now has a Community Room located at the Cortlandt Town Center which has limited availability for weekdays only. It may be rented only to Cortlandt Residents. There is no smoking or alcohol allowed.  There is also no kitchen, but food is allowed as long as all garbage is removed.  The rates are $25 for a non-profit organization, $150 for residents or private use and $250 for profit making organizations.  A $300 cash deposit is required by all.  Please contact the Recreation Office for more information at 734-1079.

The Muriel H. Morabito Community Center may also be rented by residents but not for personal use parties.  Non-profit organizations may rent the facility.  Please call the Muriel H. Morabito  Community Center for more information at 528-1464.

At Sprout Brook park the Pavilion may also be rented for parties.  All group picnics are responsible for bagging their own garbage and placing the bags in the park dumpster.  Pavilion rental is for any part or all of a days use.  In-Season hours 10:45 a.m. till 7:45 p.m., off-season hours are from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (dusk).  Please call the Recreation office for more information at 734-1079.


 
    Recreation - Camp
          When does registration for the Summer Camp Programs begin?
The Summer Brochure is mailed out approximately the second week of April.  Registration for the Day Camp Programs are on a first-come first-serve basis by mail only.  There is a limited enrollment for all 4 camps.  The application is in back of the summer brochure and must be TOTALLY COMPLETED front and back. 

On the back of the application is the medical portion, the dates of all of your child's inoculations MUST BE WRITTEN IN (do not attach the sheet from the Doctors Office).  Your child does not need a physical exam.

The Day Camp program is for boys and girls in grades 1 through 4 and runs from 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. busing is provided from various stops throughout the Town.  Day Play is a shorter day camp it runs from 10:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. also with busing from stops throughout the Town.
Please call 734-1055 for more information.
The 5th and 6th Grade Camp and the 7th and 8th Grade Camp go on many trips throughout the area and also include busing in the fee.  Please contact the Recreation Office for more information at 734-1058 and watch fro the summer brochure for more information on registering, rates and dates.


          How many Campers are in the Town Camps?

In the Day Camp Grades 1-4 we have a total of 240 campers each 2 week session.  Day Play Grades K-4 has an enrollment of 90 children every two week session.  The 5th and 6th grade has a total number of 125 campers and 7th and 8th is limited to 100 campers also every two week session.



          What is the ratio of campers to counselors?
Passive activities are 1:12.  Swimming activities are 1:10; for children under eight years of age it is 1:8; for children under six years of age it is 1:6 as per New York State Sanitary Code.


          How do you determine if a camper is a swimmer or a non-swimmer?
The first day of each session a Water Safety Instructor gives all the campers a swimming test. (Swim Test: Camper jumps into the deep end of the pool; swims the width of the pool; stops floats on their back for 30 seconds; stops treads water for 1 minute; emerge from pool)  Depending on the results they will be given a color bracelet that refers to their swimming ability.  If a camper is designated a non swimmer, the camper can only swim in water no deeper than chest level.  There are designated lifeguards for the camp swimmers, along with stationed camp counselors, throughout the swimming area.

There is a Buddy System that is implemented for all swimmers.  Each camper is assigned a Buddy of the same swimming ability.  Every fifteen minutes a horn blows, and all the campers (with their buddy) get out of the water and go to a predetermined location.  At that time attendance is checked to insure all campers are present.  After all are accounted for the horn blows and campers return to the water.  This procedure occurs every fifteen minutes during swim time.



          Are swimming lessons offered in the summer camps?
Swimming lessons are offered only in the Day Camp.  The swimming groups are broken down by grade and then swimming ability.  Lessons are scheduled everyday for a forty-minute period.


          Do the summer camps close on rainy days?
No, the camps are a rain or shine program.


          Does the 5th & 6th and 7th & 8th Grade Camps go on a trip everyday?
Our camps are not strictly "travel camps".  Generally we go on approximately 4 to 5 trips per session.  The camp consists of three, two-week sessions.


          How are the children supervised on your camp trips?
Each child is in a group of 8-10 campers and assigned to 1 or 2 counselors depending on that particular trip.  No campers are allowed to go on their own.  They are always with a buddy and in sight of a counselor.


          What qualifications does a Camp Director need to have?
A bachelor's degree, or at least 21 years of age and at least 6 months of previous experience.  A notification from the Department of Social Services State Central Register of Abuse and Maltreatment that the director has not been subject of an investigation report; and the submission of a form entitled Prospective Children's Camp Director Certified Statement Relative to the Conviction of a Crime or the Existence of a Pending Criminal Action, as developed by the Commissioner that the camp director has no criminal conviction record.


          What is the minimum age for a camp counselor?

A C.I.T. needs to be fourteen years of age by the start of summer camp.



          Who interviews potential Camp Counselors?

The Recreation Supervisor of the respective camps.



          What is the rate of pay for camp counselors?
C.I.T. $1.00 per hour.  Junior counselor earns $3.00 per hour.  Intermediate Counselor first year earns $5.50 per hour for the camp $5.00 for playgrounds and second year is $6.00 and $5.50 per hour.  Senior Counselor wages start at $7.50 per hour and increases .25 cents each additional year.


          What first aid qualifications are required for a summer camp?
A Camp Health Director shall possess: 

(1)   A current certificate in Responding to Emergencies First Aid issued by the American
       Red Cross.
(2)   A current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate, not exceeding one year in
      duration, in CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

For every 200 campers there must be one certified CPR person.  For every 125 campers there must be one certified RTE person.  At the First Aid station located at the pool there is an EMT where all campers in our Day Camp will be taken if first aid is applied or needed, a call will be made to tell the parent/guardian.


          Do you have an EMT or nurse on the premises?
The 5th and 6th Grade Camp and the 7th and 8th Grade Camp DO NOT have an EMT or a Nurse at their perspective locations.  The Camp Director in each camp is certified in CPR and Responding to Emergencies which is an intense first aid course through the Red Cross.  While the Camps are at Charles Cook Park there is a nurse/EMT on staff at the pool.


 
    Recreation - Skate Park
          Is the Steven Hebert Memorial Skate Park supervised?
The skate park is always supervised by a skate park attendant during its hours of operation.


          Can I ride my bike in the Steven Hebert Memorial Skate Park?
No bicycles, scooters, or spectators are permitted inside the fenced area.  Only skateboarders and in-line skaters are permitted inside the park.


          Am I required to wear a helmet when using the Steven Hebert Memorial Skate Park?
Skaters are required to wear a helmet at all times when using the skate park.  Proper Safety equipment such as elbow and kneepads should be worn as well.


          Do I need to sign up to use the Steven Hebert Memorial Skate Park?
All Town residents and students of the Lakeland, Hendrick Hudson and Croton School Districts will be eligible to purchase a photo ID Skate Park Pass.  The fee for a Skate Park Pass is $25 and is valid for one year.  If you do not have a Skate Park Pass, you will be charged $5 per visit to the park.  A limited amount of non-resident Skate Park passes will be issued at a fee of $50 per person.  For more information call 734-1052.


          How do I get a Skate Park Pass?

Passes can be purchased at any of the Town Hall ID dates.  Proof of residency is required.  (Drivers License and Utility Bill of the Parent or Guardian).  You may also bring a color photo head shot to the recreation department located in the Town Hall building.  The photo must be the same size used on a drivers license. For more information call 734-1052.



 
    Recreation - Sports
          What Sport Leagues do we have in the Town?
The Town has many leagues for Youth as well as Adults.

Youth Leagues

Basketball League for Boys and Girls Grades 3-8. - Fall & Winter 
Baseball Travel Team for Ages 13-18 - Summer
Football League Ages 9-11- Fall
In-Line Hockey Traveling Teams Ages 8-18 - Summer
Lacrosse League 3rd & 4th Grade - Co-Ed - Spring
Lacrosse League 5th & 6th Grade - Boys - Spring
Lacrosse League 5th & 6th Grade - Girls - Spring
Roller Hockey League Grades 2-10 for Boys and Girls - Spring & Fall
Soccer League for Boys and Girls Grades 1-8 - Spring & Fall
Softball League for Girls Grades 3-9 - Spring
 
Adult Leagues 

Softball League for Men - Spring & Summer 
Softball League for Women - Spring & Summer
Tennis League for Men - Spring
Tennis League for Women - Spring


          Can out-of-town residents play on the Towns' youth sports teams?
If there are roster openings, they can play with an additional out-of-town fee of 20% on the higher fee.


          Do you have playing time requirements for your Travel Teams?
We DO NOT have playing time requirements for our Travel Teams.  Our  Travel Teams provide the higher skill level children to participate against other teams in other towns and lets them play in a more competitive atmosphere.  You may decide that this may not be best for your child and let them participate in our in-house leagues.  Our Travel Coaches do the best they can to get all players into the game.


          How far away do your Travel Teams travel?
For the most part, the travel teams play local towns.  For instance, our Travel Baseball Team plays in the WPBA league.(Westchester/Putnam Baseball Association)  The team will play other towns in Westchester and Putnam Counties.


          Where do you get your coaches?
Most are parents, but we also have several high school students as well as some adults with "NO" kids in the program.


          Who chooses the Travel Coaches?
The coaches are chosen by the Recreation Supervisor who oversees the Basketball Leagues.


          Do you have any basketball activities for grades (9-12)?
We have an open gym program for ages 18 and over and a Canteen program for ages 11-18 run through the Youth Center.


 
    Recreation - Sports - Basketball League
          When does the Youth Basketball League Start?
Try-outs are the end of October early November
Practices are the week after try-outs (once a week for an hour)
Games - start the first Saturday in January


          Are there any playing requirements for Travel Basketball?
No, playing time is up to the coach.  We do encourage coaches to try and give each participant playing time.


          How many games do they play in Travel Basketball League?
Each team plays approximately (15) league games, and (10-15) Tournament games for a total between 25-30 games.


 
    Recreation - Sports - Football League
          How often is Football practice?
All football teams generally practice three times a week with one game played each week on Saturday mornings.


          Is football too rough or will my child get hurt playing football?
Football is a contact sport in the Town, but your child will be coached by knowledgeable coaches who teach safety as well as the game of football.


          Do we have to purchase any equipment for football?
The Town supplies all of the equipment needed to play football including helmets, shoulder pads, rib pads and pants.


          Can my child be on the same team as their friend?
Unfortunately, the Recreation Department cannot guarantee any child a reservation on any particular team.  We try to run a draft as fair as possible so that all children have an enjoyable experience.  Also, it is a great opportunity for your child to make new friends.


 
    Recreation - Sports - Lacrosse League
          Do you have any Lacrosse Programs?
Yes, we have three travel teams and a Lacrosse Clinic.  We have a 3rd and 4th grade boys/girls, 5th and 6th grade boys and 5th, 6th grade girls team.  We also have a Lacrosse Camp in the summer.


          Do you need any equipment for Lacrosse?
Yes all children should purchase a stick, gloves and a helmet.


 
    Recreation - Sports - Soccer League
          If my child played Fall Soccer, does he or she play for the same team for Spring Soccer?
A decision is made to keep the division the same or to redraft depending on the amount of returning players and the fair balance of each team.  You will be notified shortly after the registration deadline if there will be a redraft or not.


          How do I find out if a Soccer game is cancelled due to weather?
The best way to find out if a game or program has been cancelled is to call the Cancellation Hotline at 914-734-1053.  You may also receive update e-mails directly from the recreation department which will inform you of any cancellations.  The coach of your child's team will also contact you about cancellations and make ups.


 
    Recreation - Sports - Softball League
          Do you have any Fall Softball Leagues?
We have a Men's Arc Softball League that starts the end of August and runs through early November.


          What nights are Softball League games played?
All softball games are played Monday through Thursday with make-ups scheduled for Fridays.


 
    Recreation - Youth Center
          What is the Youth Center and who is eligible to attend?
The Town of Cortlandt Youth Center is a licensed New York State Drug Prevention Facility supervised by town employees who work within the recreation department.  Town of Cortlandt youth in grades six through twelve, who are between the ages of eleven and eighteen are eligible to attend.


          How is the Youth Center staffed?
Colleen Anderson and Becky Bell develop and implement all program activities the center has to offer.  Various permanent part time staff supervise the program daily.  These youth center employees have many years of experience working with this population and provide a well-supervised, structured and safe environment for your child.


          Where is the Youth Center located.
The Cortlandt Youth and Recreation Center is located at the Cortlandt Train Station on 3 Memiorial Drive, Croton.  (914) 736-0498.

Directions to the Cortlandt Youth Center


          What are the hours of operation?
The Youth Center is opened Tuesday through Thursday,
       3:00 p.m. -   8:30 p.m.
Friday 
       3:00 p.m. -   11: 00 p.m.  
Saturday  
       1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.


          What activities are available to my child at the Youth Center?
Come meet us at our new location at the Cortlandt Train Station, 3 Memorial Drive, Crugers.  
Whereyou can enjoy our new rock climbing wall, cooking/baking classes, learning lab, arts & crafts room, video game room and enjoy watching your favorite show/sporting event on our flat screen television.

The Town of Cortlandt Youth Coordinator, Colleen Anderson is available to all young people in our town for conversation, information and referral.  (914) 736-0498.

Cortlandt Recreation is committed to providing a variety of programs that are social, educational and fun form TEENS only.

All youth aged 11-18 (11 years only is you graduated from the fifth grade) are invited to stop by and check it out. 

The Youth Center also has three satellite programs.  First, open gym at the Hendrick Hudson High School.  All participants must be HHHS district students only.  Program runs every Monday evening from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Secondly, there is a canteen program at the Murial H.Morabito Community Center, 29 Westbrook Drive on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for middle school students, Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. for high school students who reside in or attend Town of Cortlandt schools.  Activities include: open gym basketball, pool and ping pong tables and arts & crafts.  All participants must sign a code of conduct agreement before utilizing this facility. 

Lastly, the Cortlandt Upper Teen Entertainment Center otherwise known as the C.U.E. is located at the Cortlandt Town Center in the rear of the building near the movie theater.  The program is available to all high school students who attend Croton, Hendrick Hudson, and Lakeland schools, or anyone who is a town resident.  The C.U.E. is open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.  Activities include three pool tables, ping-pong, nok hockey, fooseball and many other games.  Refreshments are available for all to enjoy while you watch our 37" satellite television.


          What is the cost to attend the Youth Center?
There is no cost to join the Youth Center or any of our satellite programs, some programs may have a nominal fee.


          Does my child need an identification card?
Your child will be asked to fill out an identification card with his/her name, address, home phone number and date of birth and will be kept on file at the center.  Your child's information will be kept confidential and will never be given to anyone, under any circumstances.


          Can my child walk to the center?
Yes, your child may walk to and from the Cortlandt Youth Center; however, once your child leaves the center on foot he/she may not return for the night.  A child who walks to the center may be picked up and dropped off by a parent/guardian within the same night.


          Do children have telephone access?
Yes, your child will have telephone access free of charge.


          What is your procedure in the event of an emergency, injury or if my child is asked to leave for the night due to untoward behavior?
The staff on duty will call the participants parents immediately if any of the above incidents occur.  To make sure someone can reach you in a timely manner it is important for all parents and/or guardians to make yourselves available to the staff while your child is at the center.  Program staff must be able to reach you in the event of an emergency or if your child is asked to leave the program for the night.


 
Sanitation Division To Top
    Refuse Collection
          How do I dispose of paint?
Apply kitty litter or other absorbent material to dry the paint. Dispose of dried paint in can with lid off into regular refuse.  Pour paint onto/or spread out newspaper, let air dry, dispose of newspaper and can with lid off.


          How do I dispose of a freezer, de-humidifier, refrigerator, air-conditioner, or other appliance with Freon?
Mail check for $15.00 payable to Town of Cortlandt, 167 Roa Hook Road, Cortlandt Manor, 10567.  We will mail you a sticker to place on the unit, remove door, curbside pick up will be in 2-3 days.          


          How do I dispose of a TV, VCR, computer monitor and other CRT (cathode ray tube) appliances?
Place at curbside on the monthly Friday of your Bulk Pick Up route. Sanitation accepts ALL electronics every Thursday from 1:00pm-3:00pm (summer hours July -August 12:00pm-2:00pm) at our Roa Hook location.


          Why was my large (greater than 32 gallons or 70 lbs.) not picked up?
Town Code requires that the residential service is not to exceed two 32-gallon containers. The large cans pose an injury hazard to men lifting larger containers.  The larger containers are designed for an automated service, which the Town does not provide.


          What happens when my monthly Bulk Service is lost during a Holiday week?
It is shifted to the next month provided that week is not a Holiday week.


          How does the collection schedule change on a Holiday week?
The collection service would be cancelled on the Holiday and other services moved AHEAD one day. Bulk pick ups are cancelled on Holiday weeks.  Example:  Monday Holiday, Monday pick up is on Tuesday, paper pick up is moved to Thursday, and co-mingles recyclables moved to Friday. 


          Where does the household refuse/garbage go?
There is no landfill. The refuse is transported for incineration (garbage to energy), plant, RESCO, on Charles Point Blvd. in Peekskill.


          Where do the recyclable products go?
They are transported to a Westchester County operated Transfer Station on Roa Hook Road. The city then transports these to processing markets.  (Effective 2002)


          Why does the Town not pick up grass clippings?
Grass and all other organic yard wastes have been identified by NYS DEC as recyclable and can not go to incineration.  Leave on lawn, or backyard composting is recommended.


          How do I dispose of branches from trees?
Use for firewood. 
Call DES Sanitation Division 914-737-0100 to schedule a chipper truck service. 
Have tree taken down, contractor chip and take away.


          How do I dispose of home re-modeling building materials and demolition debris?
Have a contractor remove and dispose. 
Check phone book for local hauling/carting company.


          How dangerous is the job of Sanitation Laborer?
Very, national statistics show this occupation to be hazardous.


          Why is it BAD to place chemicals, liquids, etc. into trash?
Combustible material mix and are hazardous to workers on truck. 
Fire hazard. 
Hazardous fumes being inhaled by workers. 
Liquids sprayed onto workers by truck crushing load. 
Environmental hazards.


          What safety equipment is supplied on each truck?
Each truck is equipped and inspected to NY State DMV requirements, in addition each truck is equipped with a back-up video camera and cab monitor.


          What is a household chemical clean up day?
Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities operates 4 resident drop-off dates at various locations.  Call 914-813-5425 for more information.


          I am moving and have unused household chemicals to dispose, what do I do?
Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities operates 4 resident drop-off dates at various locations.  Call 914-813-5425 for more information.


          I have tires with and without metal rims, what do I do?
Mail check  payable to Town of Cortlandt, 167 Roa Hook Road, Cortlandt Manor, 10567.  We will mail you a sticker to place on the tires.  Tires with metal rims are $3.00 each, tires with no rims are $1.00 each.


          I am moving and missed my Friday bulk pick-up, what do I do?
A special bulk pick-up can be arranged for a $25 Special Fee. (See #2)


          What do I do with leaves?
Place curbside in paper/biodegradable bags, which will be picked up according to schedule. If you need a pickup other than the scheduled pickup call Sanitation at 737-0100 to schedule a pickup.


          Does the Town provide litter patrol?
Yes, there are work crews that are periodically assigned on Town roads.


          What is Sharp Smarts?

Many people use sharps (needles, syringes and lancets) as part of their home medical care. 
Proper disposal of sharps is important to the safety of the sharps user and to workers who handle trash.

Use a container that is: leakproof, shatterproof, and puncture proof with a screw top. (Good choices are durable plastic bottles, bleach and detergent bottles.)

Bad choices are: glass and aluminum containers, metal cans with flimsy lids and cardboard container.

Place lancets or needle and syringe in the container IMMEDIATELY after using. 
    · DO NOT recap, bend needles or break lancets. 
    · SECURE the top on the container. 
    · Label the container "SHARPS". 
    · DO NOT label it "Medical Waste," or "BIOHAZARD," etc. 
    · When the home container is full, make sure the top is screwed on securely, then apply tape around
      the top and the neck of the container.  NEVER PUT SHARP CONTAINERS IN WITH RECYCLABLES.



          How are dead animals removed and disposed?
Contact DES at 737-0047 to remove dead animals from Town roadways. We do not pick up animals on private property, that is the property owner's responsibility.  If you find a dead animal on your property, we can provide you with contact numbers of local vendors who for a fee will remove dead animals from  your property.(see yellow pages in phone book)


          Are plastic bags acceptable for collection of Thursday recyclables?
No, placing recyclables in plastic bags is a common and costly mistake. Plastic bags mixed in with other recyclables contaminate the entire load being brought to the Material Recovery Facility.  (MRF)  They have to be removed at taxpayer's expense (that's you) before the other recyclable materials can be processed.  If you save your glass, metal and plastic containers in plastic bags, just dump the recyclables out of the bag and into the bin/ container on collection day and either throw the plastic bags away or reuse them. 


          What is an "OOPS" sticker? And why did I get one?
An "oops" sticker is a reminder program that points out to the resident that there is some reason for non pick up.  Examples: recyclables mixed with garbage.


          Does the Town provide recycling bins?
Yes, at $8.00 each, paid at DES office, 167 Roa Hook Road or Town Hall.


          I am a new resident, what should I do to start residential solid waste curbside collection?
Call our office 914-737-0100 to request a printed guide to Recycling and Solid Waste Disposal Services.


 
Stormwater To Top
    Stormwater
          What do I do if I see someone dumping something other than rain down a storm drain?

Contact our Code Enforcement Division at 734-1010.



          Where does the storm drain go?

A. Water that flows down roads, streets, and parking lots goes into a storm drain. Some

drain into a leaching pool structure or recharge basin (sump), which then leaches into

the ground other dump directly to ponds, streams, lakes and the Hudson River.



          What is the purpose of the storm drain system?

Its purpose is to prevent flooding of roads and parking lots by quickly and efficiently transferring rain water into the ground and to ponds, lakes, streams and the Hudson River.



          Why are there markers on the storm drains with a message?

Storm drain stenciling and marking are a great way to remind people that storm drains are for clean rain water only. It is a visual reminder not to dump garbage or pollutants into the storm drains since these may end up in various water bodies including the Hudson River.



          What do I do if I see mud and water flowing from a construction site onto the street?
Contact Code Enforcement at 734-1010.


          What is the difference between putting water down the storm drain or putting it down the toilet or sink?

The sanitary sewer (toilets and sinks) and storm drain system are two completely different systems. In some areas of Cortlandt, the water that goes down sinks or toilets in homes and businesses flows to a sewage treatment plant, where it is treated before its release. Other areas of Town have on site septic systems which should be pumped out regularly.    Water that flows down roads, streets, and parking lots in the downtown area flow directly to the Harbor. This water picks up garbage pollutants along the way and does not receive any treatment to remove pollutants.



          Who fixes clogged storm drains?
The Town of Cortlandt Department of Environmental Services Highway Division. 
They can be reached at 737-0047


          Why shouldn't yard trimmings and soil go into the storm drain?

Often this will clog a storm drain.  When natural materials, such as yard trimmings, break down, oxygen is drawn from the water. A lot of natural debris decomposing in water will deplete the water of oxygen needed by fish.



 
Tax Receiver To Top
    How Property Tax Works
          What Is the Property Tax?


The real property tax is a tax based on the value of real property. Counties, cities, towns, villages, and school districts, each raise money through the real property tax. The money funds schools, pays for police and fire protection, maintains roads, and funds other municipal services enjoyed by residents.



          What Determines the Amount of a Property Tax Bill?


The amount of a particular property’s tax bill is determined by two things: the property’s taxable assessment and the tax rates of the taxing jurisdictions in which the property is located. The tax rate is determined by the amount of the tax levy to be raised from all, or part, of an assessing unit, and the unit’s taxable assessed value. The assessment is determined by the assessor and is based on the value of the property less any applicable property tax exemptions.



          What Kind of Property Is Assessed?


Every parcel of real property in an assessing unit, no matter how big or how small, is assessed. Real property is defined as land and any permanent structures attached to it. Examples of real property are houses, gas stations, office buildings, vacant land, shopping centers, saleable natural resources (e.g. oil, gas, timber), farms, apartments, factories, restaurants, and, in most instances, mobile homes.

 

Though all real property in an assessing unit is assessed, not all of it is taxable. Some, such as religious or government owned property are completely exempt from paying property taxes. Others are partially exempt, such as veterans who qualify for an exemption on part of the property tax on their homes.



          What Is an Assessment?


A Property’s assessment is a percentage of its market value. Market value is how much a property would sell for under normal conditions. Assessments are determined by the assessor, an appointed local official who independently estimates the value or real property in an assessing unit. Assessing units follow municipal boundaries – county, city, town, or village.

 

The assessor can estimate the market value of property based on the sale prices of similar properties. A property can also be valued based on the depreciated cost of materials and labor required to replace it. Commercial property may be valued on its potential to produce rental income for its owners. In other words, the assessor can use whatever approach provides the best estimate of a property’s market value.

Once the assessor estimates the value of a property, its total assessment is calculated. New York State law provides that every property in most municipalities be assessed at a uniform percentage of value. That percentage can be five percent, ten percent, fifty percent, or any other percentage not exceeding 100 percent. It does dot matter what percentage is used. What is important is that every property is assessed at the same uniform percentage within one assessing unit.

 

After a property’s total assessment is determined, its taxable assessed value is computed.  The taxable assessed value is the total assessment less any applicable property tax exemptions.  Exemptions are typically either whole or partial, that is either an exemption from paying any property tax or an exemption from paying part of a property tax bill


          How Do I Know If My Assessment Is Right?


It is up to individual property owners to monitor their own assessments.  Taxpayers should bring any questions about assessments to the assessor before the tentative roll is established (contact your assessor for the tentative roll date).  In an informal setting the assessor can explain how the assessment was determined and the rationale behind it.

 

Assessors are interested only in fairly assessing property in their assessing unit.  If your assessment is correct and your tax bill still seems too high, the assessor cannot change that.  Complaints to the assessor must be about how your property is assessed.

 

Informal meetings with the assessors to resolve assessment questions about the next assessment roll can take place throughout the year.  If, after speaking with your assessor, you still feel you are unfairly assessed, ask for the booklet, How to File a Complaint on Your Assessment.  It describes how to make a case for an assessment reduction to the Board of Assessment Review, provides the instructions for filing a complaint, and indicates the time of year it can be done.



          What Determines the Tax Rate?


The tax rate is determined by the amount of the tax levy.  There are several steps involved in determining the tax levy.  First, the taxing jurisdiction (a school district, town, county, etc.) develops and adopts a budget.  Revenue from all sources other than the property tax (State aid, sales tax revenue, user fees, etc.) is determined.  These revenues are subtracted from the original budget and the remainder becomes the tax levy.  It is the amount of the tax levy that is raised through the property tax.



          How Is My Tax Bill Figured?


Remember that the real property tax is an ad valorem tax, or a tax based on the value of property.  Two owners of real property of equal value should pay the same amount in property taxes.  Also, the owner of more valuable property should pay more in taxes than the owner of less valuable property.

 

The property tax differs from the income tax and the sales tax because it does not depend on how much money you earn or on how much you spend.  It is based totally on how much the property you own is worth.

 

For example, if an assessor assesses property at 15 percent of value, a house and land with a market value of $100,000 would have an assessment of $15,000.  With no exemptions, this is the houses taxable assessed value.  This $15,000 is not the tax bill.  The tax bill for this house depends on the municipality’s tax rate.

 

The tax rate is determined by dividing the total amount of money that has to be raised from the property tax (the tax levy) by the taxable assessed value of taxable real property in a municipality.  If, for example, a town levy is $2,000,000, and the town has a taxable assessed value (the sum of the assessments of all taxable properties) of $40,000,000, the tax rate would be $50 for each $1,000 of taxable assessed value.

 

$2,000,000 / $40,000,000 = .05 x $1,000 = $50 (tax rate)

 

The town tax bill for this house with an assessment of $15,000 would be $750.  The $750 results from dividing the assessment of $15,000 by $1,000 to get $15 (because the tax rate is based on each $1,000 of assessed value).  Then, the $15 is multiplied by the tax rate to get the tax bill of $750.

 

$15,000 / $1,000 = $15 x $50 = $750 (tax bill)

 

As you can see, the size of the tax bill depends on both the assessment and the tax rate, which is based on the tax levy.



          What Else May Occur Before the Tax Rate Is Final?


There are times when tax rates cannot be set until the tax levy is apportioned, or divided, among various municipalities.  Apportionment occurs if parts of a school district, or special district, exist in more than one city or town.  Taxes are apportioned so that the parts of the district in the different municipalities each pay their fair share of the district tax levy.

 

The county tax levy also is apportioned among the towns and cities in the county.  This is so that cities and towns will each pay their fair share of the county tax levy.



          What Makes My Tax Bill Change?


Tax bills increase for one or more of the following reasons: bigger budgets are adopted, revenue from sources other than the property tax shrinks, the taxable assessed value of the assessing unit changes, or the tax levy is apportioned differently.

 

Taxpayers unhappy with growing property tax bills should not concern themselves just with assessments.  They also should examine the scope of the budgets and expenditures of the taxing jurisdictions (counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts, etc.) and address those issues in the appropriate available forums, such as meetings of the state, county, or town, and school boards.



 
    Tax Receiver
          I never received my tax bill, or received it late, do I still have to pay the penalty?

Yes, the failure to mail a statement or the failure of a property owner to receive a statement will not affect the validity of the taxes or interest prescribed by law (New York State Real Property Tax Law section 922). In addition, neither the Receiver of Taxes nor any other official have legal authority to waive statutory penalty charges. These are fixed by the Real Property Tax Law.



          If I mail my tax payment on the due date do I have to pay a penalty?

Real Property Tax Law, section 925 provides as follows:

‘Payment of taxes by mail, when enclosed in a postpaid envelope properly addressed to the appropriate collecting officer and is deposited in a post office or official depository under the exclusive care and custody of the United States Post Office shall, upon delivery, be deemed to have been made to such officer on the date of the United States Postmark on such wrapper. The provision of this section shall not apply in the case of postmarks not made by the United States Post Office. A postage meter postmark is not a postmark made by the United States Post Office, and therefore, is not within in the provisions of Real Property Tax Law section 925. Payments cannot be deemed timely because of a postage meter postmark date on an envelope containing a tax payment (Op. New York State Comp. 69-170).

If taxes are not received until after the due date, they are not paid until after the due date unless they fall squarely within the provisions of section 925 of the Real Property Tax Law, and the penalty must be added and collected. No Town official or employee can waive the penalty(Op.State Compt. 68-626).


          If the due date falls on the weekend may I pay my taxes without penalty on the next business day?

Real Property Tax Law, section 925-a expressly covers such a situation by providing as follows:

“Extension of time for collection, not withstanding any contrary provision of this chapter, or any general, special or local law, code or charter, if the final date for collection of taxes, or for the collection of taxes without penalty, or for the collection of taxes at a lesser prescribed penalty interest rate shall fall on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, an extension for the collection of taxes shall automatically be in effect until the first business day following such date and the date for paying over taxes shall be extended to the following day.”

In connection with tax payments, the State Comptroller has held that if a tax due date falls on a Saturday, or on a Sunday or on a public holiday, payments may be made on the following business day without additional charge(See Op.State Compt. 67-566).



          Can I pre-pay my taxes?

No, the tax warrant constitutes the mantle of authority for the collecting officer to receive the taxes. Therefore, the warrant must be regarded as the instrument that empowers the collecting officer to begin the collection duties with respect to real property taxes listed in the tax roll. 


 
Town Clerk To Top
    Town Clerk's Permits, Certificates, Licenses
          How do I obtain a Birth Certificate?

All birth certificates are filed with the Commissioner of Health of New York State. Your birth certificate is also on file in the clerk’s office of the municipality where you were born.

A certified copy or certified transcript of a birth certificate may be issued only:

1. To the person named on the birth certificate, if 18 years of age or older.
2. To the parents of the person named on the birth certificate.
3. To a lawful representative of the person named or the parents of the person named on the
    birth certificate.
4. To the Commissioner of Health.
5. To a person with a New York State Court Order.
6. To a municipal, state or federal agency for official purposes.

There is charge of $10.00 per certified birth.

By Mail

You may obtain a certified birth certificate by mail with a written request that contains the name, date of birth, place of birth, father’s first and last name and mother’s first and last name; and

You must provide your current return address along with the requester's relationship to the person on the birth.

The signature requesting the birth must be notarized.

Only money orders will be accepted by mail. $10.00 per Certified copy.



          How do I obtain a Death Certificate?

A certified copy or certified transcript of a death certificate may only be issued:

1. To the spouse, parent or child of the deceased.
2. To a lawful representative of the spouse, parent or child of the deceased.
3. To a person with a new York State Court order.
4. To a person requiring the record for a documented legal right or claim.
5. To a person requiring a record for a documented medical need.
6. To a municipal, state or federal agency when needed for official purposes.

There is a charge of $10.00 per certified death certificate.



          How do I obtain a Marriage License?

Marriage Licenses are valid for 60 days. The marriage must take place within 60 days of its issuance and is not valid for the first 24 hours after issuance. Both parties must appear together at the Town Clerk’s office to complete paperwork for the Marriage License.

Hours: Marriage Licenses are issued between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm during normal business days, except on the last day of the month when they are issued from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Cost: $40.00 cash or check

Documents needed: Proof of age - Drivers License, Passport; birth certificate;  and if there were any prior marriages, you must have certified divorce papers with you.

If you have any questions on the above, please call 734-1020



          How do I obtain a Dog License?

In accordance with New York State Law, all dogs 6 months of age or older and any dog under 6 months running at large must be licensed.

Documents needed to license your dog include:

1. Proof of a valid rabies vaccination from your veterinarian.
2. If your dog is spayed or neutered, proof of same.

FEE:

Unaltered dog - $18.00 per year
Altered dog - $10.00 per year

All dog licenses are to be renewed every year.

For information, call (914) 734-1020



          How do I obtain a Hunting and Fishing License?

All information regarding hunting and fishing licenses requirements and classes can be found on the following New York State Web Site:

New York State DEC Website



          How do I obtain a Handicapped Parking Permit?

Handicapped Parking Permits are issued in the Town Clerk’s Office at the locality where you reside.

A Doctor’s note must be provided with the patients name and address which states if the disability is temporary or permanent.

A temporary permit is issued for a period of 6 months and if there is need to renew an additional doctor’s note must be presented.

A permanent handicapped permit is issued for a three year period. A renewal can be issued without another doctors note at the Town Clerk’s Office.

In accordance with New York State Law, only one permit per patient can be issued. The permits can be used in any vehicle the disabled person is a passenger.

For information or questions, please call 734-1020



          What if I need a BUILDING PERMIT
If you are looking for a building permit - please contact our Code Enforcement Division of DOTS at 734-1010.


 
Water & Sewer Division To Top
    Radio Water Meter
          How does radio meter reading technology work?

A small device is attached to your water meter.  It automatically reads your water meter and transmits this data to a computer-equipped vehicle, which is driven down the street.



          Do I have to have it installed?
Yes, all water meters will have to be equipped with automatic meter reading equipment (AMR).  Lack of AMR will require a meter reader to personally obtain the reading and the office to manually enter the data.  A fee may be added to any bill requiring such service.


          How much will it cost me to have AMR installed?

There is no charge for the equipment or installation.



          Will the radio system raise my water rates?

The Town is not increasing the water rate.  However, if your existing meter was not accurately measuring your water usage, you may see an increase in your water bill.



          How long will this device work?
Life expectancy of the radio unit is 10 years.  The water meter has a life expectancy of greater than 20 years.


          Will the low-frequency radio signal interfere with my cellular telephone, TV, personal computer or any other equipment?

No.  The radio signal is very low powered and weaker than the signal from a cell phone.  The AMR radio signal will not disrupt any other radio signals.



          How does AMR benefit me?

AMR eliminates the need for a meter reader to visit your premises.  This increases privacy and convenience.

AMR reduces human error so that you receive accurate bills.

AMR eliminates, with rare exceptions, the need to estimate your bill.



          Who will perform the installations?

National Metering Services has been hired to perform the installation work in Cortlandt.  All installers can be identified by their uniforms, photo identification and vehicle signage.



          When can I expect the AMR system installations?

Beginning in March 2004, National Metering Services will start making appointments for areas in Cortlandt for the installation work.  It is expected that all installation work will be completed in 2004.  You should receive a postcard a month or two prior to beginning installations in your neighborhood.



          Who can I call if I have other questions?

Additional information on radio meters can be found on National Metering Services’ web site - www.nmsnj.com and you can call the Town Water Department at 734-1026.



 
    Water General
          Sometimes my water is a rusty brown color. What causes this?
Brown water is often the result of street construction or water main work being done in the area.  Any disturbance to the main, including the opening of a fire hydrant, can cause pipe sediment to shift, resulting in brown water.  The settling time of the main will vary, depending on the size of the water main.  In addition, brown water is commonly associated with plumbing corrosion problems inside buildings and from rusting hot water heaters.  If you have an ongoing problem with brown water, it is probably due to rusty pipes.   It is recommended that you run your cold water for 2-3 minutes, if it has not been used for an extensive period of time.  This will flush the line.  You can avoid wasting water by catching your "flush"  water in a container and using it to water plants or for other purposes.


          What can I do about chlorine odors in tap water?

Chlorine odors may be more noticeable when the weather is warmer. 
Chlorine is essential to kill organisms that may cause disease.  The following are ways you can remove the chlorine odor from you drinking water:

Fill a pitcher and let it stand in the refrigerator overnight. (This is the best way.)
Fill a glass or jar with water and let it stand in the sunlight for 30 minutes.
Pour water from one container to another about 10 minutes.
Heat the water to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once you remove the chlorine, be sure to refrigerate the water to limit bacterial growth.
 



          My tap water often looks cloudy when first taken from a faucet, but then clears up. Why?

Air becomes trapped in the water as a very large volume of pressurized water travels down the long distance of aqueducts to the City.  The water, as a result, can sometimes appear cloudy or milky.  This condition presents no threat to public health.  The cloudiness is temporary and clears quickly after the water is drawn from the tap and the excess air is released.



          Should I buy bottled water?
You do not need to buy bottled water for health reasons in New York City since our water meets all health based drinking water standards.  Also, bottled water costs up to 1,000 times more than the City's drinking water.


          Is New York City's water "hard"?
Hardness is a measure of calcium in the water.  The less calcium in the water ("soft" water), the easier it is to create lather and suds.  New York City's water is predominantly "soft."


          Does my water contain fluoride?
The following streets receive their water through the Yorktown water system and therefore have fluoride: 


Baker Street 
Brandeis Avenue 
Cardoza Avenue 
Croton Avenue from Maple Ave. to Furnace Dock Rd.
Dares Lane 
East Hill Road ** top half
Hampton Place
Helena Avenue
High Street
Hood Place
Jacob Street
John Street
Kamp Street
Lakeland Avenue
Lexington Avenue from Route 6 to Townsend Road
Lexington Avenue from Route 6 to Mountainview Road
Lockwood Road from Yorktown line to Lockwood Estates
Lucs Lane
McArthur Boulevard
Mill Court
Mountainview Road off Croton Avenue
Mountainview Road off Red Mill Road
Nathalie Court
Parkway Colony all streets
Quarry Acres all streets
Red Mill Road from Lexington Ave. to Mountainview Road 
Regina Avenue
Route 6 from Lexington Ave. to Westchester Mall
Skyview Road
Southgate Drive
Stonefield Court 
Udell Court
Wheeler Drive
Woodland Boulevard


 



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