What is STAR?
Qualified homeowners (who must apply to
participate in STAR through their local
assessor) receive a partial property tax exemption under the program, which reduces what they would otherwise owe on their property tax bills that year. Local school districts are, in turn, reimbursed by the state for the uncollected property tax revenues.
There are two types of STAR available based on age and income of the homeowners:
BASIC STAR is available on a
homeowner’s primary residence only,
and for households with an income
of less than $500,000. Homeowners
need apply only one time for BASIC
STAR, and it remains in effect until
ownership of the home changes.
However, the exemption amount is
calculated each year, and the actual
tax savings may change annually.
ENHANCED STAR assists
homeowners age 65 and older with
household incomes below a specific
limit that is adjusted annually based
on the rate of inflation. The income limit is applied to all owners of the property and any owner’s spouse who resides
at the property. Enhanced STAR
is available on the homeowners’
primary residence only, and requires
an annual application with proof of
income, typically by March 1.
Special eligibility rules apply for
seniors with limited incomes,
residents of cooperative apartments
and manufactured home parks,
surviving spouses, nursing home
residents, trusts and life estates.
District-wide Property Tax Bills
The district now has a list of all property tax bills throughout the district posted on the Web site. Click here to view the pdf. To search for a particular address, go to edit, find and type in the street name.
Setting Tax Rates
Tax rates are set in August every year and bills are mailed before September 1.