Issues: STAR (School Tax Relief Program)

SEN. BALL BREAKS DOWN PROPERTY TAX CAP

 

What does tax cap and mandate relief mean for New Yorkers?

Albany, N.Y. – (06/30/11) – Last week, the New York State Legislature made history, passing a Property Tax Cap bill (S.5856) that includes much needed  mandate relief for local schools and governments. Now that the legislation is on its way to becoming law, a lot of New Yorkers want to know what it means for them. Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), who has been fighting for a property tax cap since his days in the New York State Assembly, is taking the time to break down the legislation and ask New Yorkers for their input.  

June 30, 2011
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HISTORIC PROPERTY TAX CAP PASSES NYS SENATE

Albany, N.Y. – (06/25/11) – It’s the end of a five year battle for Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) who is proud to announce the passage of an historic piece of legislation that caps property taxes in New York State. The bill (S.5856), which Senator Ball began advocating for during his days in the Assembly, will cap property taxes to 2 percent, plus provide local schools and governments with badly needed mandate relief. 

June 27, 2011
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HISTORIC PROPERTY TAX CAP PASSES NYS SENATE

Senator Ball, “Hudson Valley nightmare will soon be over”

June 27, 2011
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Senate Passes Historic Property Tax Cap Legislation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes. that will bring relief to long suffering tax payers. The Governor signed the bill into law Friday night (06/24).

“I have long been an advocate of a tax cap,” Senator LaValle said, “and the time has come for us to implement this law.”

June 27, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH FIXED SCHOOL TAX RATE FOR SENIORS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation on June 20th that would establish a fixed real property school tax rate for seniors who are eligible for the enhanced STAR exemption, providing much needed tax relief to hundreds of thousands of seniors throughout New York State.

Under the bill (S.2998), homeowners aged 70 or older and meet the eligibility requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption would be eligible to apply annually for the fixed real property school tax rate at local option. The state would reimburse school districts for lost revenue caused by freezing the tax rates for seniors.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.

June 21, 2011
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH FIXED SCHOOL TAX RATE FOR SENIORS

    The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would establish a fixed real property school tax rate for seniors who are eligible for the enhanced STAR exemption, providing much needed tax relief to hundreds of thousands of seniors throughout New York State.

June 20, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Establish Fixed School Tax Rate for Seniors

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), that would establish a fixed real property school tax rate for seniors who are eligible for the enhanced STAR exemption, providing much needed tax relief to hundreds of thousands of seniors throughout New York State.

June 20, 2011
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LaValle Bill Capping Seniors' School Taxes Passes Senate

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said his bill capping school taxes for eligible senior citizens older than 70 years of age has passed the New York State Senate and will now go to the Assembly.

This bill amends the real property tax law by establishing a fixed real property school tax rate for persons 70 years of age or over who meet the requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption. Under the bill, residential real property owned and occupied by individuals who are 70 years of age or over; or by husband and wife, one of whom is seventy years of age or over and meets each of the requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption, will be eligible for a fixed real property school tax rate.

June 20, 2011
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Bill Making It Easier to Claim STAR Exemptions Passes Senate

Legislation (S.3576) passed by the Senate will help make it easier for property owners to claim STAR benefits if they missed the March 1 filing deadlines. This is particularly important to senior citizens who must remember to file for the enhanced STAR exemption each year. Missing the deadline and, therefore, the exemption could result in a homeowner facing an unexpected and significantly increased tax bill. This bill instead authorizes municipalities to accept STAR applications after the locality’s taxable status date and before January 10 of the following year.

May 4, 2011
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Seniors and Others Helped in Claiming STAR Benefits

Legislation (S.3576) sponsored by Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) and passed May 3 in the New York State Senate will help make it easier for property owners to claim STAR benefits if they missed the March 1 filing deadlines.

This is particularly important to senior citizens, who must remember to file for the enhanced STAR exemption each year. Missing the deadline, and therefore the exemption, could result in a homeowner facing an unexpected and significantly increased tax bill. LaValle’s bill instead authorizes municipalities to accept STAR applications after the locality’s taxable status date and before January 10 of the following year.

May 4, 2011
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STAR Rebate Extension

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 4, 2011Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard| gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Announces Passage of Legislation to Extend Application Deadline for STAR Program Participants

May 4, 2011
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Senate Acts to Make Roads Safer, Help Residents Obtain STAR Tax Benefits

The New York State Senate today passed 18 bills that covered a variety of topics including the strengthening of penalties and prohibitions for dangerous driving, as well as helping certain property owners receive the STAR tax exemption benefits for which they are eligible. Dangerous Driving

May 3, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE HELPS HUNDREDS OF SENIORS QUALIFY FOR TAX BREAK

Town Assessors Say Senator Ritchie Helped Their ConstituentsHundreds of senior citizens across Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County are now going to see a reduction in their school property taxes thanks to State Senator Patty Ritchie's efforts to inform senior citizens about the benefits of the Enhanced STAR program. Senator Ritchie utilized email, postal mail and posts on her Facebook page to inform seniors about an upcoming deadline to apply for the program, which provides substantial property tax savings for homeowners who are turning 65 or older.

March 9, 2011
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STAR Program

If you own your home, and are turning 65 or older anytime during 2011, and meet the income requirements, you may qualify for the “Enhanced” STAR program that can help reduce your school taxes this year. Enhanced STAR offers a bigger break on your property taxes than Basic STAR, which is available to most other homeowners.

You must apply for this important property tax relief benefit, and the deadline is March 1, 2011 in most towns and cities. (Exceptions include Utica, which has a deadline of Aug. 1; and Rome, with a deadline of July 26. But you can still send in your application now.) You won’t have to reapply every year if you enroll in the optional Income Verification Program.

February 17, 2011
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School Tax Relief Program (STAR) Application Deadline March 1, 2011

I want to remind you that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR) is March 1, 2011.  STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR. Basic STAR is available to residents who own and live in their own 1- ,2- , or 3-family house, condominium, or cooperative apartment and earn less than $500,000 a year.  There is no age limit for Basic STAR.  For qualifying homeowners, Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes. Once you are approved for Basic STAR, you need not reapply each year unless you move to a new primary residence.

February 11, 2011
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Enhanced School Tax Relief Program (STAR) Application Deadline March 1, 2011

As we move into February, I want to take this take this opportunity to inform you about a very important deadline regarding your STAR property tax exemption savings on your tax bill this year. 

 

If you own your primary residence, turn 65 years of age at any time during 2011 and meet the income requirements, you might be eligible for the Enhanced STAR school tax exemption.  The Enhanced STAR exemption is more than two times the value of the Basic STAR exemption you may already be receiving. 

 

February 7, 2011
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STAR Property Tax Exemption Information

STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two levels of STAR benefits: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.Basic STAR is available to residents who own and live in their own 1- ,2- , or 3-family house, condominium, or cooperative apartment and earn less than $500,000 a year.  There is no age limit for Basic STAR.  For qualifying homeowners, Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes.

January 31, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS TOWN OF BABYLON RESIDENTS TO SAVE ON SCHOOL TAXES THROUGH THE STAR PROGRAM

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding all Town of Babylon residents that they can save on their school taxes through New York State’s STAR program.

January 13, 2011
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Extreme Makeover New York

ONEONTA, 01/07/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today outlined his legislative agenda for the 2011 session of the New York State Senate.  Seward’s plan, dubbed “Extreme Makeover: New York” focuses on smart budget cuts, property tax relief, economic development and government reform.  

“New York is ready for a complete overhaul.  My ‘Extreme Makeover: New York’ initiative includes calculated cost cutting that will provide our state with financial stability, tax relief that will help people with their own bottom line, business stimulating actions aimed at jumpstarting job growth and government reforms to restore public confidence in Albany.

January 7, 2011
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