Department of Finance
312 Lake St
|Regular Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:45 am – 4:00 pm
|Tel: (607) 737-5662
Fax: (607) 737-5660
The Finance Department is headed by the City Chamberlain, Charmain Cattan. The Chamberlain oversees all financial aspects of the city.
Acceptable forms of payments are cash, debit/credit card, and check or money order made payable to the City of Elmira.
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 $35.00.
First Installment Due: May 15th
Second Installment Due: September 15th
Any Chemung Canal Trust Company Branch or online by visiting https://www.xpress-pay.com/. If you pay online, you must indicate your name, email, phone number, tax map number, bill number, and property address to ensure that your payment is credited to the correct account.
- Late Payments:
First Installment: After September 15th, pay at Chamberlain’s Office, 312 Lake St., Elmira, NY 14901
Second Installment: After December 15th, pay at Chamberlain’s Office, 312 Lake St., Elmira, NY 14901
City tax bills are sent out 30 days before the first installment is due on May 15th. You receive only one bill for the year. 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.
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 our office.
Send payment by mail to:
City of Elmira Chamberlain’s Department
312 Lake St.
Elmira, NY 14901
First Installment payments that are made after September 15th must be made at the City Chamberlain’s Office at 312 Lake St., Elmira, NY 14901. Second Installment payments 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 may call the City Chamberlain’s Office at (607) 737-5662.
click here to send email to the City Chamberlain’s Office
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 $35.00
Parking on streets and in lots in the City of Elmira is governed by City Ordinances.
Parking Violations will result in a ticket being issued by the Elmira Police Department or the City Parking Enforcement Officers.
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:
City of Elmira Parking Violations Bureau
312 Lake St.
Elmira, NY 14901
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 City of Elmira, 312 Lake 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.
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.
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.