Pull out your most recent Town and County tax bill that you should have received in February. On the upper left side, a quarter of the way down, it should say: Assessed Value and below it there is a figure, Next to Assessed Value it should say: FULL MARKET VALUE. Below that is the figure the town assessor thinks your house is worth. Above the words FULL MARKET VALUE it should say UNIFORM % OF VALUE and below it is a number ( it should say 48.5%) Which is what West Seneca's assessment level is. That figure times the figure under full market value is your assessed value is. That is what you are taxed on. If you were at full market value, your tax rate per thousand would be lower but your taxes would be the same.
If the figure under full market value on your tax bill is less than what your home is currently listed at, you will have a hard time challenging your assessment. If the Full market Value is higher than what you are asking, you may have a chance to get it reduced. You usually have to do this before May 1st.
If you are on a street that is less than 10 years old, there may be higher special district taxes for lighting, sewer, etc.
I have a method of lessening these for the prospective buyer on a monthly basis. Call me if you would like to discuss it or have your agent call me at 716-568-0355
Associate Real Estate Broker
MJ Peterson Real Estate