Please note: To those residents who wish to pay their taxes in person,  the tax office remains at 22 St. John Street, but the office itself has been relocated to another part of the building. Use the entrance next to the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre to access the tax office. 

The tax office will be open from Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 to Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The office will be closed on school holidays: Sept. 30, Oct. 9, Oct. 14 and Nov. 11.

School Tax Bills:

School tax bills are mailed to taxpayers at the end of August every year. Collection for 2019/2020 year payments made through Oct. 2 are without penalty. Payments made between Oct. 3 and Oct. 31 are charged a 1 percent penalty. Payments made between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30 are charged a 2 percent penalty. Payments are accepted by the school district  until Nov. 30.

Unpaid school taxes will be re-levied to your January property tax bill, compounded with 7 percent interest. 

Payment Methods:

Payments are accepted on or before Nov. 30, 2019  as follows:

  • Mail the tax bill along with payment to: Monticello Central School District, P.O. Box 4250, Buffalo, NY, 14240-4250 or to Monticello Central School District, P.O. Box 48, Monticello, NY 12701. Payments must be postmarked by Nov. 27, 2019.
  • Pay in person at the Monticello Central School District Tax Office, located at 22 St. John Street, Monticello, NY 12701 (entrance to the tax office is located next to the Eugene D. Nesin Theatre). The MCSD Tax Office is open Monday through Friday, from Sept. 3 through Nov. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., excluding school holidays.
  • Credit cards and electronic check payments will also be accepted online at from Sept. 3 to Nov. 30. A charge of $1.50 will be assessed for electronic check payments; for credit and debit cards, a 2.65 percent fee (minimum of $3) will be charged.

Interest Penalties:

Taxes may be paid in full as follows:

  • Sept. 3, 2019 through Oct. 2, 2019 without penalty
  • Oct. 3 through Oct. 31 with 1 percent interest penalty
  • Nov. 1 through Nov. 30 with 2 percent interest penalty 

Postmark is considered date of payment. However, mailed payments must be received by Dec. 4, 2019. Payments received after Dec. 4, regardless of postmark, may be returned.

School taxes will not be accepted at the Sullivan County Treasurer’s Office.

Installment Program:

Taxpayers may pay in three installments as follows:

  • 50% of total bill due by Oct. 2
  • 25% of total bill due by Oct. 31 with a 1 percent interest penalty
  • 25% of total bill due by Nov. 27 with a 2 percent interest penalty 

*In order to participate in the installment program, you must pay the first installment no later than Oct. 2. If the first installment payment is made after this date, you will not be allowed to pay in installments.

Incorrect Payment Notice:

Any incorrect payments will be returned and can cause additional penalties.


New York state homeowners can reduce their school taxes through the statewide school tax relief program, STAR. Basic STAR is available to anyone who owns and lives in his or her own home and does not exceed the $500,000 income level or Enhanced STAR is available to senior homeowners whose incomes do not exceed the statewide standard. Property owners may visit the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance’s website to register or to learn more information. Those without access to a computer may register by phone weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 518-457-2036.

Important information for STAR exemption recipients