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Village of Kenmore
2919 Delaware Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14217
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Phone
(716) 873-5700
Fax
(716) 873-0004

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TAX COLLECTION INFORMATION


In an effort to consolidate services, the Village and Town have entered into Municipal Agreements whereby the Town of Tonawanda Clerk serves as the Village Tax Collector and the Town Assessor also serves as the Village Assessor.

Important Dates for Tax Collection – General information*

Tax Collection  Collected For  Due Date  Last Payment Date
 Count/Town Tax  January 1 - December 31  February 15  July 1
 School Tax  July 1 - June 30  October 15  November 30
 Village Tax  June 1- May 31  July 1  October 31

 

Note:  Due Dates and Last payment dates may vary depending on whether these dates fall on a weekend.

* Please Check your tax bill for the exact dates.

 

Penalty Rates for Village Taxes

 

Village Tax Bills not paid by July 1st will have a penalty added to the amount due.

7/2 – 7/31             7.5%
Each month after    1.5%

*  Bills not paid by November 1st  are transferred to the County for collection through the County Tax Bill.

*  Any outstanding water charges and refuse fines will be added to the Village Tax Bill if not paid by March 1st .

 

Exemption Information:

 

All Exemption Applications are due by March 1st.

 

STAR (NYS School Tax Relief Program) provides tax relief off of your School Tax for your primary residence, but you need to apply for it.  Your income needs to be below $500,000 to qualify.  If you are a new homeowner, please remember to go online and apply for STAR as soon as possible.  The STAR application can be found at the link below:

 

 https://tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/default.htm

 

Enhanced STAR is available to income-qualifying senior citizens.  This is a separate application from the general STAR program.



For questions relative to exemptions (veterans, senior Citizens, etc) , including STAR, Enhanced STAR, veterans, senior citizen and other exemptions, please contact the Town Assessor at (716) 877-8811.

 

Tax Receipts and Certificates

 

Tax Certificates must be obtained before transferring any property in the Village of Kenmore. Tax Certificates are usually secured by the Seller’s Attorney. The cost of a Tax Certificate is $20.

Requests for a Tax Certificate are made to:

 

Village of Kenmore
Clerk/Treasurer’s Office
Kenmore Municipal Building – Rm 17
2919 Delaware Avenue
Kenmore NY  14217

 

Copies of your Village Tax Receipt can be obtained in the Clerk/Treasurer’s Office for a charge of $1/receipt.

Copies of your Village, County or School Tax can be obtained in the Town Clerk’s Office or on-line at the Town of Tonawanda website.

 

RATS/Rodent Control Information


Contact the Erie County Department of Health directly at (716/961-6800).  Only Erie County can bait your property. The Village cannot.  The County has requested that residents contact them directly. 

 

You should also contact the Building Department (716/873-5700). A Code Enforcement Officer will be happy to look at your property to confirm the presence of rats on your property, and/or possible habitats or food sources.  The Village of Kenmore does not bait properties, nor do we have authority to enter onto private property without the consent of the owner or other person residing on that property. 

 

Please be aware that, during dry spells, rats become bold as they search for water. You are more likely to see rats out during periods of high temperature and little rain. If you run your sprinkler, be careful not to let water pool on the concrete as this will attract rodents.

 

You can also help to keep rats out of your neighborhood by following some simple steps:

 

  1. KEEP THE LID CLOSED!  This simple step will eliminate access to your garbage (a primary rodent food source).

  2. PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET.  Pick up any animal waste in your yard. This is also a food source for rats.

  3. RAISE WOOD PILES OFF OF THE GROUND  Rats like to live in wood piles.

  4. SKIP THE BIRDSEED!  Bird seed (and bread) spills over onto the ground attracting rats. Please note that under Erie County and Village law, bird feeders can only be used which are designed to prevent seed from dropping out of the feeder.

  5. CUT DOWN WEEDS.  Overgrowth of weeds is a prime harbor for rats. Please cut down weeds located on your property. Typical problem areas include that space behind your garage and around/between fences.

  6. DON'T ALLOW WATER TO POOL/COLLECT.  especially during dry spells. Rats are looking for water sources and a puddle area on your driveway or patio will attract them. Do not leave out water for your pets or for birds as this will attract rats, too.

  7. LET US KNOW IF YOU SEE A RAT– Or if you observe your neighbors violating any of the above steps. While the Village cannot bait, we may be able to help identify the source location of the rats and will send out literature to advise your neighbors to the problem and to remind them of steps needing to be taken to get rid of the problem.

  8. DON'T LEAVE FOOD or WATER OUTSIDE FOR CATS or DOGS - Leaving food/water outside for animals is an invitation to rats!  It's also illegal to ground feed animals.

 

If you see a rat, here’s what you should do:

  1. Call the Erie County Department of Health (961-6800).  The County can bait your property.
  2. Call the Building Department (873-5700).  We will inspect the property to see if we can locate the source of the rats.  In addition, we can send out literature to your neighbors to let them know that there has been a rat sighting and what steps they can do to help eliminate the presence of rats in your vicinity.

MARRIAGE INFORMATION


Marriage licenses must be obtained through a City or Town Clerk’s Office. 

The Village Clerk/Treasurer’s Office is unable to issue marriage licenses.

 

For general Information about marriages in New York State, click here.



To obtain information on obtaining a marriage license, you can contact

the Town of Tonawanda Clerk’s Office at (716) 877-8800 or click here.  


Marriage ceremonies can be performed by various Village officials,

including the Mayor, and Village Justices.  For information on securing an

Officiant for your wedding, please contact the

Village Clerk’s Office at (716) 873-5700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Your Village Tax Dollars at Work

 

  • Police Protection – 24/7 patrols and the fastest response time in Erie County!
  • Fire Protection – including First Aid response.  The Kenmore Fire Department also has the fastest response time in Erie County.  In addition, our fire department also provides service to parts of the Town of Tonawanda.

 

  • Street Repair and Maintenance – The DPW repairs and maintains 39 miles of roads
  • Water and Sewer Maintenance – The DPW inspects and maintains 120 miles of sewer lines and addresses water breaks.
  • Street Snow Removal
  • Street Lighting

 

  • Full Street Reconstruction projects – Over $28 Million dollars have been invested in replacement of water and sewer pipes, and in the replacement of sidewalks, curbs and roads.  This is more than any other municipality in Erie County.
  • Trash & Garbage Pickup and Recycling, including “white items”
  • Special assistance is provided to our residents who have physical limitations.  The DPW will roll totes to and from the house.
  • Zoning and Planning Boards focused on the needs of the Village and enforcement of Village zoning laws

 

  • Village Code – maintained and updated regularly to address the specific needs of our community.
  • Notary Public – There are 4 available to assist you in the Clerk/Treasurer’s Office
  • Registrar services – Birth and death records that took place in the Village are available through the Clerk/Treasurer’s Office.
  • Tree Planting  - Each year, the Village plants over 200 trees and harvests approximately 125.

 

  • Tree Trimming and Removal
  • Fall leaf collection
  • Holiday Decorating, including street lights and flags.
  • Community Development Block Grant Program administered through the Clerk/Treasurer's Office providing no-interest loan assistance to qualified residents for needed home repairs and using CDBG funding for sidewalk and sewer lining projects in CDBG-eligible areas.

 

  • Walking building inspections
  • Rodent Prevention Program designed to educate the public, address complaints as quickly as possible and keep the rodent population under control
  • Government meetings held twice per month, with some held at other public venues to allow greater access to government officials.

 

Your Town/County Tax, received in January, does not include a tax for these services.

 

Also note that SCHOOL TAXES are determined solely by the Ken-Ton School District.  Any questions concerning your school tax bill should be directed to:

Kenmore-Tonawanda UFSD at (716) 874-8400. 

 

The Village of Kenmore is not responsible for your School Tax Bill.  School Tax Bills are paid to the Town of Tonawanda on or around October 15th of each year.  Please check your school Tax Bill for the due date.

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