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Debby Kelley has been the Town of Ithaca Receiver of Taxes since 2000, which is an appointed position. 

  •  Town and County Tax Bills are mailed out by the last business day of December.  The State Law Stipulates that the property owners are responsible for their taxes and any penalties, whether they receive a tax bill or not.  If you do not receive a tax bill the first week of January, please call or email Debby Kelley.
  • Tax Payments are due to the Town of Ithaca by January 31 without penalties. 
  • First Installments are only accepted January 1 to January 31 to the Town of Ithaca. 
  • Second Installments are due to the Tompkins County Finance Department at 125 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY  14850 – 607-274-5545, after February 15 to July 1.
  • Payments made February 1 to February 28 to the Town of Ithaca with a 1 percent penalty added to the full amount.
  • Payments made March 1 to March 31 to the Town of Ithaca with a 2 percent penalty added to the full amount.
  • Late Notices are mailed the first week of February to be paid by February 28, and another mailing first week of March to be paid by March 31, before all unpaid taxes are send to Tompkins County Finance Department on April 1st.
  • April 1, all unpaid Town and County Tax bills are given to Tompkins County Finance Department for further collection.  Please contact the Finance Department at 607-274-5545 for the total amount due.

The Receiver of Taxes offers the following payment options:

  • Secure website for electronic payments at
    • This service is offered by a third party and there are additional fees applied:
      • $2.50 and up service fee for e-checks
      • 3 Percent fee for debit and credit cards
  • Payments are accepted by mail (Town of Ithaca Water at P.O. Box 7143, Ithaca, NY 14851) with an official United States postmark date.  When an envelope does not have a U.S. postmark date, the payment is deemed to have been made on the date the payment is received by the Receiver of Taxes.
  • Town Hall has a drop box for payments, that is checked on a daily basis, which is located by the entrance to the Town Hall on the Buffalo Street side.
  • Town Hall (215 North Tioga Street) is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. if you want to drop your payment off in person.  
  • Copies of paid tax receipts may be obtained upon request.  Taxpayer’s requesting a paid receipt should mail in or bring in their entire bill.  A receipt will be provided by mail or in person.  If taxes are in escrow, the receipted bill will be forwarded directly to the taxpayer when payment has been received by the Receiver of Taxes. 
  • When paid, a receipt for current years taxes can be obtained at.
  • New Property Owners:  Please notify the tax office as soon as possible as it takes time for changes in ownership to be reported.  Therefore, a tax bill may be sent to the pervious owner.  Call and advise the Receiver of Taxes where you would like your bill to be sent, as it is the homeowner’s responsibility to pay their taxes.

Paying Taxes Online

  1. ON-LINE PAYMENT: (click here
  2. Select Collection (Tax Collection)
  3. Enter Bill Number or Last Name Only
  4. Confirm Information
  5. Select Payment (first half/full payment)
  6. Select Payment Method