Department of Finance

Office Information

City Hall First Floor
317 E. Church Street
Elmira, New York 14901
Regular Office Hours
M-F:9:00am to 4:00pm
Except Holidays
Tel: (607)737-5661
Fax: (607)737-5783

The Finance Department is headed by the City Chamberlain, John Zielinski. The Chamberlain oversees all financial aspects of the city.

Acceptable forms of payments are cash, check, or money order made payable to the City of Elmira.

2014 Adopted Budget 

Tax Clearance Requests

Tax Clearance Request is a request to research outstanding city taxes on a specified property. This search will also reveal if there are any outstanding abatements on the property. A Tax Clearance Certificate will not be issued if the property has delinquent city taxes or abatements. Tax Clearance Requests are available in the City Chamberlain's Office and the cost is $20.00. 

Tax Satisfaction

In order to request a tax satisfaction on a property, please provide a copy of the certificate of tax sale to the City Chamberlain's Office. The Chamberlain's Office will verify that all payments have been made on the property and issue a Tax Satisfaction Certificate. A Tax Satisfaction Certificate costs $20.00. 

Parking Tickets

Parking on streets and in lots in the City of Elmira is governed by City Ordinances.
Click here to read the Parking Regulations for the City of Elmira

Parking Violations will result in a ticket being issued by the Elmira Police Department or the City Parking Enforcement Officers.

Pay Parking Ticket Online

Click the button above to pay your parking ticket online with a credit or debit card. You must have the Ticket Number to pay your parking ticket online.

Pay Tickets by Mail
Send check or money order payable to the City of Elmira to:

Parking Violations Bureau
317 E. Church St. First Floor
Elmira, NY 14901

Pay Tickets at City Hall
You can also pay tickets in person in the City Chamberlain's Office on the first floor of City Hall during regular office hours from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Cash or check only.

Mistakes are made in tracking down parking ticket offenders. If you have received a parking notice from the City of Elmira and you feel it is in error please either:

  • Fax the letter to (607) 737-5783 ATTN: Traffic Bureau 
  • Mail to 317 E. Church St., Elmira, NY 14901 ATTN: Traffic Bureau 
  • Click here to send email (include the information from the letter)

Give us your vehicle information (such as make and model) and license plate number at the time the ticket was issued and we will research the matter. If you require us to contact you, please provide us with contact information and you will be notified.

City Property Tax Payment Information

  • When:
    First Installment Due: May 15th
    Second Installment Due: September 15th
  • Where:
    Any Chemung Canal Trust Company Branch or online by visiting https://www.xpress-pay.com/.
  • Late Payments:
    First Installment: After September 15th, pay at Chamberlain's Office, City Hall
    Second Installment: After December 15th, pay at Chamberlain's Office, City Hall

City tax bills are sent out 30 days before the first installment is due on May 15th. You may pay the full bill all at once or in two installments with the first installment due on May 15th and the second installment due on September 15th.

How to read your property tax bill

On-time payments are accepted at any Chemung Canal Trust Company Branch or by mail.

Pay Taxes by Mail
Make all checks payable to the City of Elmira. If you pay by mail, you can request a receipt. Receipts will be issued 10-30 days after payment has been received in Binghamton.

Send payment by mail to:

City of Elmira
317 E. Church Street
Elmira, NY 14901

First Installments that are made after September 15th must be made at the City Chamberlain's Office on the first floor of City Hall at 317 E. Church Street. Second Installments that are made after December 15th, must be made at the City Chamberlain's Office. Monthly interest will be calculated and added to all late payments.

Additional fees that may be added to the City tax bill include the Sanitation Fee, Downtown Development assessment for properties in the Downtown Development District, unpaid abatements on the property, and other charges as provided by the City Charter. If you have questions, you can call the City Chamberlain's Office at (607) 737-5661.
click here to send email to the City Chamberlain's Office

Commercial Sanitation

By the rules and regulations of the Local Law Number 1 of 2003, the City of Elmira offers weekly solid waste collection and disposal services to commercial business that apply for the service and pay the sanitation fees prior to the service start.  Commercial Sanitation fees follow the annual sanitation fees which are adjusted annually, or $1,200 for a 6 cubic yard dumpster.

Click here to read Local Law Number 1 of 2003

 

To opt in to the Commercial Sanitation Program:
Follow the directions on the form and bring all copies of the completed form to the City Chamberlain's Office. The application will be forwarded to the Department of Public Works for approval. The Chamberlain's Office will bill you a pro-rated amount based on the calendar year rates specified on the application. You must pay the full amount due prior to the service date and service will begin the first day of the second month following the date of the application.
Click here to read Local Law Number 1 of 2003

Look up Chemung County Taxes for your property

County Property Tax for City of Elmira Residents
Look up School District Taxes for your property

 

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