Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR)

Assessment Review


SCAR provides an inexpensive way to seek further review of your assessment if you are dissatisfied with the decision of your local Board of Assessment Review.

You can challenge your property assessment in SCAR if you meet the following provisions:

  • You own and live in a one, two, or three-family home and use it exclusively for residential purposes. A seasonal residence can qualify provided that during the period it is used the owner occupies it. In addition, vacant lands can qualify if they are not of sufficient size, as determined by the local assessor, to support a one, two or three family structure.
  • You already filed a timely written review about your property assessment with the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) or other administrative review body of the assessing unit, and are not requesting a reduction greater than the amount you sought before that board.

Other Pertinent Information


The filing fee is $30, payable to the "Cortland County Clerk". Applications must be made within 30 days of the last day allowed to file the final assessment roll for your local assessor. View more information and forms.