Albany, N.Y., May 6–State Senator George Winner reminded area residents today that a new online petition drive gives them the chance to show their support for reauthorizing a property tax rebate program eliminated by Governor David Paterson and state legislative leaders as part of this year’s final state budget.
The statewide petition gives local taxpayers the opportunity to participate in the latest statewide effort to rally grassroots support urging the governor and state legislators to restore the two-year-old STAR Rebate program before the end of the current legislative session.
The recently enacted 2009-2010 state budget eliminated the rebates this year, despite strong, bipartisan opposition from Winner and many other state lawmakers.
Winner said that eliminating the STAR rebates works against efforts to stimulate economic growth and arrives at the worst possible time for families and homeowners. He said that reauthorizing the program would provide the following rebates to area homeowners in 2009: Chemung County ($453 Basic STAR rebate, $426 Enhanced/Senior STAR rebate); Schuyler ($393 Basic, $385 Enhanced); Steuben ($439 Basic, $414 Enhanced); Tompkins ($440 Basic, $412, Enhanced); and Yates ($310 Basic, $302 Enhanced).
“Families, seniors, and all homeowners have counted on these rebates to provide a little relief from today’s high costs and New York’s crushing property tax burden,” said Winner. “Eliminating the STAR rebate is the worst possible move at the worst possible economic time.”