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HERE’S HOW MUCH DUTCHESS COUNTY LOSES WITHOUT THE STAR PROPERTY TAX REBATE CHECKS

 

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today released figures showing the $24.4 million loss suffered by nearly 34,000 property taxpayers in Dutchess 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 Dutchess County, including more than 10,000 senior citizens – to the painful tune of nearly $24.4 million in Dutchess 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.

Dutchess County property taxpayers, depending on their school district and household income, will lose nearly $200 to close to $600 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:

SD41 Senator Saland

                               

 2009-10 Rebate Check Loss Estimate

 

County

School

 Up to $120,000

 

 $120,001 - $175,000

 

 $175,001 - $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

 
                                   

DUTCHESS

Arlington

           8,010

 $     4,326,135

 $     540

 

       2,170

 $     877,303

 $     404

 

          800

 $   215,038

 $     269

 

       1,884

 $     973,754

 $     517

 

DUTCHESS

Beacon

           2,880

 $     1,370,536

 $     476

 

          501

 $     175,907

 $     351

 

          118

 $     27,428

 $     232

 

          895

 $     405,381

 $     453

 

DUTCHESS

Hyde Park

           4,804

 $     2,836,154

 $     590

 

          688

 $     303,437

 $     441

 

          176

 $     51,713

 $     294

 

       1,567

 $     883,041

 $     564

 

DUTCHESS

Millbrook

              980

 $        375,540

 $     383

 

          240

 $       67,965

 $     283

 

            89

 $     17,413

 $     196

 

          326

 $     124,309

 $     381

 

DUTCHESS

Poughkeepsie

           2,313

 $     1,014,154

 $     438

 

          332

 $     109,392

 $     329

 

            95

 $     20,695

 $     218

 

          901

 $     374,356

 $     415

 

DUTCHESS

Red Hook

           1,624

 $        951,441

 $     586

 

          310

 $     136,160

 $     439

 

            96

 $     27,960

 $     291

 

          630

 $     343,913

 $     546

 

DUTCHESS

Rhinebeck

           1,207

 $        586,551

 $     486

 

          284

 $     104,138

 $     367

 

          121

 $     29,243

 $     242

 

          530

 $     246,688

 $     465

 

DUTCHESS

Spackenkill

           1,290

 $        761,298

 $     590

 

          305

 $     135,302

 $     444

 

          141

 $     41,699

 $     296

 

          411

 $     230,222

 $     560

 

DUTCHESS

Wappingers

          11,003

 $     4,186,888

 $     381

 

       2,704

 $     771,466

 $     285

 

          880

 $   167,403

 $     190

 

       3,174

 $  1,188,330

 $     374

 
                                   

(downstate)

SD41 Totals

          34,111

 $   16,408,699

 $     481

 

       7,534

 $  2,681,069

 $     356

 

       2,516

 $   598,592

 $     238

 

      10,318

 $  4,769,993

 $     462