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Assessment Department
Brian Phelps,
City Assessor

Richard Holley,
Real Property Appraiser

Dawn Tefft,
Real Property Tax Service Aide

City Hall
245 Washington St., Rm. 201
Watertown, NY  13601

Ph: (315) 785-7760
Fx: (315) 785-7737

Sep 1 - May 31
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Jun 1 - Aug 31
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday

The primary function of the department is to prepare real property tax rolls and bills.

The goal of our department is to accurately establish assessed values for the equitable distribution of property taxes.

The department maintains a public record of the location, building inventory, ownership and sales history for every parcel of real property in the City of Watertown.

The department is responsible for the administration of all property tax exemptions.


The two videos below are intended to assist taxpayers and others in better understanding the assessment and property tax systems in use by New York State's local governments. While they are copyrighted, you are welcome to copy and use them to help inform other taxpayers.

Click here to go to the Educational Videos regarding Assessment & Property Taxes