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HERE’S HOW MUCH COLUMBIA COUNTY LOSES WITHOUT STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECK

 

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today released figures showing the $4.3 million loss suffered by over 6,200 property taxpayers in Columbia County now that the STAR rebate checks have been eliminated by the Democrat leadership in the 2009-2010 State Budget.

“As the new Senate Majority, the Senate Democrats have eliminated STAR rebate checks from tens of thousands of real property taxpayers in Columbia County, including more than 3,500 senior citizens – to the painful tune of nearly $3.4 million in Columbia County alone,” Saland said.

“The STAR rebate program was a Senate Republican priority which, as the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, I announced in December of 2004 and which we succeeded in passing into law several months later,” Saland added.

Columbia County property taxpayers, depending on their school district and household income, will lose nearly $200 to just under $400 each year now that the rebate checks have been eliminated.

“My Senate Republican colleagues and I fought hard to keep these rebate checks flowing, knowing how important they were to property taxpayers,” said Senator Saland. “But now that the State Senate is in the hands of the Democrats, the rebate checks are history. This was their first chance to step up to the budget plate and demonstrate they understand how escalating property taxes are devastating upstate taxpayers, and they struck out. Every Senate Democrat voted to eliminate the STAR rebate program. If merely one Democrat had broken ranks and joined with me and my Republican colleagues, New Yorkers would still be able to count on receiving their STAR rebate checks,” Saland continued.

“The Senate Democrats are now talking about possibly doing something to help property taxpayers later this year. It’s nothing but political gamesmanship, trying to cover up the fact they stripped STAR rebate checks from the budget. It was bad enough to take STAR rebate checks from taxpayers, but to then go through the callous charade of passing a bill that they know has no chance of becoming law adds insult to injury,” Saland concluded. 

Below is a chart containing the estimated rebate check loss by school district and by household income.

 2009-10 Rebate Check Loss Estimate

 

County

School

 Up to $90,000

 

 $90,001 - $150,000

 

 $150,001 - $250,000

 

 Enhanced (senior)

 
   

 Rebate

 Rebate

 Average

 

 Rebate

 Rebate

 Average

 

 Rebate

 Rebate

 Average

 

 Rebate

 Rebate

 Average

 

 

District

Recipients

Total

Check

 

Recipients

Total

Check

 

Recipients

Total

Check

 

Recipients

Total

Check

 
                                   

COLUMBIA

Chatham

           1,348

 $        473,136

 $     351

 

          379

 $     100,016

 $     264

 

          115

 $     20,106

 $     175

 

          507

 $     169,702

 $     335

 

COLUMBIA

Copake-Taconic Hills

                  8

 $           3,209

 $     401

 

              4

 $         1,203

 $     301

 

            93

 $     13,916

 $     150

 

          761

 $     214,276

 $     282

 

COLUMBIA

Germantown

              612

 $        216,914

 $     354

 

          173

 $       46,190

 $     267

 

            41

 $       7,272

 $     177

 

          351

 $     118,959

 $     339

 

COLUMBIA

Hudson

           1,732

 $        705,600

 $     407

 

          347

 $     104,319

 $     301

 

            82

 $     16,678

 $     203

 

          909

 $     347,785

 $     383

 

COLUMBIA

Kinderhook

           1,957

 $        802,749

 $     410

 

          797

 $     246,080

 $     309

 

          165

 $     33,973

 $     206

 

          771

 $     300,571

 $     390

 

COLUMBIA

New Lebanon

              589

 $        202,794

 $     344

 

          161

 $       41,749

 $     259

 

            49

 $       8,336

 $     170

 

          238

 $       77,157

 $     324

 
                                   

(upstate)

SD41 Totals

           6,246

 $     2,404,402

 $     385

 

       1,861

 $     539,558

 $     290

 

          545

 $   100,281

 $     184

 

       3,537

 $  1,228,450

 $     347