Mission Statement

The goal of the assessor’s office is to determine the fair and equitable assessment for your property.

Description of Duties

The assessor is the city official who estimates the value of real property within the city’s borders. This value is converted into an assessment, which is one component in the computation of property tax bills.
The assessor maintains the assessment roll – the document that contains every property’s assessment. The physical description, or inventory, and value estimate of every piece of real estate in the municipality is kept up-to-date. The property inventory is available for review by appointment before the filing of the tentative assessment roll.
The assessment roll shows assessments and appropriate exemptions. Every year the new tentative assessments are made available for public review. After the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) has acted on assessment complaints and ordered changes, the tentative roll is made final.

Assessment Staff

Name & Email Title Telephone
James Bird City Assessor (716) 286-4380
Michele Marinello Assessor Technician (716) 286-4380
Carolyn Municucci Senior Assessor Data Clerk (716) 286-4003
Samantha Laures Administrative (716) 286-4384

The City of Niagara Falls Property Record Online System (“PROS”) is an interactive assessment website that allows property owners to search property information for any property in the City of Niagara Falls. The City of Niagara Falls PROS website allows property owners to review property assessment information, property inventory and search for comparable sales.

Property Search

Assessment Roll Star and Exemptions

Additional Information Links

Frequently Asked Questions
What Kind of Property is Assessed?
All real property, commonly known as real estate, is assessed. Real property is defined as land and any permanent structures attached to it. Some examples of real property are houses, office buildings, vacant land, and other commercial structures.

How is Real Property Assessed?
Before assessing any parcel of property, the assessor estimates its market value. Market value is the amount a property would sell for, in an open market, under normal conditions. To estimate values, the assessor must be familiar with all aspects of the local real estate market.

A property’s value can be estimated in three different ways:

  • Market approach: The property is compared to others similar to it that have sold recently, using only valid sales where buyer and seller both acted without undue pressure. Most residential property is valued using this approach.
  • Cost approach: Calculate what the property would cost, using today’s labor and material prices, to compare a structure with a similar one. This method is used to value special purpose and utility properties.
  • Income approach: Analyze how much income a property, such as an apartment building or a store, would produce if rented. Operating expenses, insurance, financing terms, and expected income streams are some of the factors used in this method.
Once the assessor estimates the market value of a property, its assessment is calculated. New York State law provides that all property within a municipality be assessed at a uniform percentage of market value.