The Town of Otisco

The Town is situated approximately 21 miles south of Syracuse, New York.

The area in which the Town is located had been occupied for centuries by the Onondaga People, one of the original 5 nations of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy in northeast North America.

The name "Otisco" may have been derived from the Iroquois name for Nine Mile Creek, Us-te-ke, meaning "bitter-nut-hickory". At least one older map, published in 1825, has the name spelled as "Ostisco". The name may also have been derived from the word ostickney, meaning "waters much dried away", or from the Onondaga word ostick, meaning "the water is low".

The area became part of the former Military Tract of Central New York State which consisted of nearly 2 million acres of land that was set aside to compensate New York's soldiers after their participation in the Revolutionary War (American War of Independence). The Town was first settled by outsiders around 1798, and permanent settlement began around 1801. The Town of Otisco was formed in 1806 from parts of the towns of Marcellus, Pompey and Tully.

The Town also encompasses the Hamlets of Otisco and Amber, the latter being situated on the north shore of Otisco Lake, which is the easternmost of New York's eleven Finger Lakes.

The Town's picturesque countryside, with its rolling hills and mountainous terrain, is rural, dotted with homes, family farms and small businesses.

There were 2,541 residents and 922 households within the Town according to the 2010 census. In contrast to its relatively small population, the Town of Otisco is the 4th largest Town in Onondaga County in terms of land size, covering approximately 31.2 square miles with approximately 34.40 miles of Town roads. The Town Government consists of a Town Board, Town Clerk, Town Justice Court, Town Highway Department, Code Enforcement Officer, Animal Control Officer, Tax Assessors, Tax Collector, Attorney for the Town and Town Financial Advisor.

A Directory of the Town's Municipal Departments can be found in the Municipal Directory on this website at townofotisco.com/services/


A copy of the Tentative Tax Roll will be left with the Town Clerk May 5, 2020. It will be available to view by appointment during normal business hours.

Due to Covid-19 the Town of Otisco will only accept Grievances by mail that are received by May 26, 2020. To file a written grievance you must include NYS form 524 and supporting information such as photos, comparables and recent appraisals. Forms are available online, by mail and outside the Town Hall at 1924 Barker Street, Otisco, NY. The Board of Assessment Review will review your claim and contact you by phone if we need further information

Town of Otisco Tax Notice

TAKE NOTICE that I, Cheryl Brunet, Tax Collector for the Town of Otisco, in Onondaga County in the State of New York, have received the tax roll and warrant for the collection of taxes within the Town of Otisco for the year 2020.  Taxes may be paid in person to me at the Town Hall, 1924 Barker St. or mailed to that same address.

I will be available for payments in person during the months of January, February and March at the following times:

Tuesday 9:00 to 12:00 noon
Wednesday 5:00 to 7:00 p,
Saturday 9:00 to 11:00 am

I will also be at the Town Hall on:

Tuesday 12/31 9:00 to 11:00 am
Friday 1/31  9:00 to 11:00 am

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that taxes may be paid on or before January 31, 2020 without charge or interest.  On all taxes received after such date, there shall be a 1% interest added for the month of February.  There will be an additional 1 1/2% interest added for the month of March.  After March 14, 2020 there will also be a $2.00 fee for a second notice to be sent.

TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that pursuant to the provisions of the law, the tax roll of the Town of Otisco will be returned to the County of Onondaga on April 1, 2020.

Cheryl Brunet
Tax Collector
Town of Otisco

Onondaga County Grants Approved and Additional Snow and Ice Removal Reimbursement

The Town Board wishes to express its appreciation to Onondaga County Legislature Chairman David H. Knapp and Onondaga County Legislator Julie Abbott-Kenan for their efforts in obtaining awards for the Town of Otisco for Town infrastructure improvements in the amount of $15,000.00 to offset the cost of upgrading the technology and telecommunications systems in the Town Hall and $10,000.00 for the purchase of equipment for the historical preservation of the Town.

Additionally, Chairman David Knapp and Legislator Julie Abbott-Kenan were instrumental in obtaining $48,728.00 of additional funding for the Town under the Town's snow removal contract with the County, to offset increased costs incurred by the Town in plowing and treating certain County roads located within the Town of Otisco due to the harsh winter we experienced last year. The Town Board truly appreciates the efforts of both Chairman Knapp and Legislator AbbottKenan in obtaining these additional funds for the Town.

Town of Otisco Town Board

Final Tax Assessment Rolls

To review the Town of Otisco's Final Tax Assessment Rolls, please go online to http://www.ongov.net/rpts and click on "Assessment Rolls" and then click on "Otisco".