If you have a 1, 2, or 3 family owner occupied (you live there) home used solely for residential purposes in the City of Schenectady, you may file for the Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) process. To participate in this process, you must file with the Schenectady County Clerk’s Office within 30 days of the printing of the final assessment roll (July 1).
You may have someone represent you for this process and must sign the petition to state that. If you own any other type of property in the City of Schenectady, you may hire an attorney and file a tax certiorari proceeding in State Supreme Court. You must have filed a grievance with the Board of Assessment Review in the City of Schenectady in order to take advantage of either of these processes. Additionally, you cannot ask for a value that is less than what you asked for in the grievance process.