Property owners must register for exemption

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Property owners who receive the Basic STAR exemption will need to reapply this year to continue to receive the school tax relief, says Yates County Real Property Tax Service Director Patricia Brede.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) will begin mailing registration letters to property taxpayers who received the school tax exemption on the 2013 assessment roll. In our region, the notices should go out the last week in August, according to Homeowners will be instructed to reapply online or by phone by Dec. 31. Owners will have to verify their salaries, social security numbers and primary residence.

The Basic STAR is available only on the owner's primary residence, and for owners with an adjusted gross income of less than $500,000.

The registration will not affect this year's tax bills, which normally go out at the end of August. This program will not affect the Enhanced STAR. Senior citizens are required to register every year in order to qualify, and they should continue to re-apply as they have in the past.

For any property owner who has purchased a house after March 1, 2013, or moved into a home they already owned, they should apply for the STAR exemption with their local Assessment office. If you have any questions regarding a new application you can contact the Assessor, or your County Real Property Tax office.

There are currently 4,830 Basic STAR exemptions in Yates County. The average savings for a basic exemption is approximately $350.

The exemptions will be discussed at upcoming meetings of the Yates County Legislature and the Penn Yan and Dundee Central School Boards.