Carrie Woerner

Woerner Seeks to Change STAR program

ALBANY – A bill co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-Round Lake, to address issues with the state’s School Tax Relief (STAR) program has passed the New York State Assembly.
The bill ensures eligible homeowners receive timely, efficient tax relief, Woerner said in a statement.

“Last year’s changes to STAR made it harder for homeowners to receive the tax relief they were owed,” Woerner said. “So many families and seniors rely on those savings, and I want to ensure they get it as smoothly as possible.”

Carrie Woerner

Carrie Woerner/Photo via NYS Assembly

The legislation, which was sponsored by 37 members of the Assembly, would return STAR to an upfront reduction and return administration of the program back to local assessors so homeowners see immediate relief on their school tax bill, she said.

Administration of STAR was shifted to the state Department of Taxation and Finance last year, requiring homeowners – both those who bought their first home and those who moved to a new home – to pay a higher school tax bill and then register for a rebate check from the state.

These changes have proven to be inefficient, with many homeowners reporting that their rebate check was late and under the expected amount and some never receiving their check at all, Woerner said. The exemption program also requires less administration since no checks need to be printed and mailed, she added.

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