New York state Assemblyman Bill Reilich today reminded Greece, Ogden and Sweden homeowners to apply for STAR, the School Tax Relief program, before the March 1 deadline.
Reilich said the STAR program, introduced in 1997, has two categories. The first is a "Basic" exemption, available to virtually every New York homeowner. The second, an "Enhanced" exemption for the 2004-05 school year, is available to senior citizens, aged 65 or older with yearly incomes of $63,750 or less, based on their 2002 income tax returns.
"I hope that all eligible homeowners who have never applied for STAR, or who have recently moved to a new home during the last year, will contact their assessorís office to request an application," Reilich said. "I also encourage seniors to reapply for the Enhanced STAR exemption by the March 1 deadline."
STAR applications are available at local tax assessorís offices. Homeowners should check with their assessorís office to verify the deadline date.
Telephone numbers for assessors are available in the telephone book, online at www.orps.state.ny.us/munipro, or by calling toll-free 1-888-NY-STAR-5 (1-888-697-8275). More information about the STAR program itself is available online at the New York state homepage, www.state.ny.us, or call Assemblyman Bill Reilich at (585) 225-4190.