The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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November 20, 2013

STAR program renewal urged

Medina Journal-Register — Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Steve Hawley were in Medina Monday to urge Basic STAR recipients in Orleans County to re-register for the popular school tax savings program in order to continue receiving benefits. 

The one-time re-registration requirement for the Basic STAR program was included in the 2013-2014 state budget as a means of eliminating fraud and abuse among current recipients. The registration deadline is Dec. 31 in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and thereafter. 

The state legislators also announced that as of Nov.13, nearly one-third of Basic STAR recipients in Orleans County (31%) have not yet re-registered.

“We don’t want a single homeowner to miss out on this important savings on their school tax bill,” Maziarz said. “We are doing all we can to publicly urge Basic STAR recipients to re-register because there are still more than 2,500 households in Orleans County alone that haven’t done so yet.” 

Hawley added, “Time is running out for local homeowners to access the property tax relief they need and deserve. Locally, the Basic STAR exemption translates to nearly $660 in savings on average for homeowners.”

There are several ways eligible homeowners can re-register. It can be done online by visiting www.tax.ny.gov or over the phone by calling (518) 457-2036.

To re-register, homeowners will need the personalized STAR Code that was mailed to them earlier this fall by the State Tax Department. If the letter containing the code was misplaced, homeowners can still re-register by answering several property-specific questions through the various points of contact listed above.

Senior citizens receiving an Enhanced STAR exemption are not required to re-register.

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