Aileen Gunther

committed to holding down property taxes

The STAR deadline is March 1, 2004

Homeowners save under the

STAR program

Take advantage of the School Tax Relief (STAR) program, which has been expanded and improved. Last year, the Legislature passed a budget that blocked the governor’s attempt to freeze STAR benefits – helping to ensure working families and seniors keep more of their hard-earned money.

The Assembly also helped raise income eligibility levels for enhanced STAR to $63,750, providing more seniors with needed tax relief. The enhanced STAR program can reduce school property taxes an average of $1,200 a year for eligible Orange County homeowners, 65 and over. Other homeowners – under the basic STAR program – could save up to $710.

To find out how you can save with STAR, contact your local assessor at:

(845) 346-4141
Port Jervis (845) 858-4094
Deerpark (845) 856-7833
Greenville (845) 856-5064
Minisink (845) 726-3700
Wawayanda (845) 355-5704
Cochecton (845) 932-8225
Delaware (845) 887-5250
Fremont (845) 887-4286
Highland (845) 557-6563
Lumberland (845) 858-0968
Tusten (845) 252-7146
Middletown (845) 346-4141
Bethel (845) 583-4713
Callicoon (845) 482-5390
Fallsburg (845) 434-8814
Forestburgh (845) 794-0611
Liberty (845) 292-4843
Mamakating (845) 888-3015
Neversink (845) 985-2262
Rockland (845) 439-3730
Thompson (845) 794-2500

You must apply by March 1, 2004 to take advantage of STAR – unless you signed up for the Income Verification program last year. By entering the Income Verification program, you will not have to reapply every year. The state will automatically and confidentially confirm your eligibility. For more information on STAR benefits, contact your town assessor.

Protecting your STAR benefits
Assemblywoman Gunther is committed to keeping STAR benefits accessible and property taxes down. That’s why she sponsored legislation for a five-day extension to pay property taxes under enhanced STAR – giving seniors waiting for monthly Social Security checks time to pay property tax bills without penalty (A.9519).

Helping Sullivan and Orange County families keep more of their hard earned money
Assemblywoman Gunther introduced legislation to close the loop-holes in real property tax laws that allow some property owners to avoid paying their fair share. This legislation will ensure that those receiving exemptions are entitled to them – helping families keep more of their hard earned money. Gunther introduced legislation to:

  • provide stricter standards in defining the terms used for nonprofit organizations, and for ensuring that exempt properties are being used in the appropriate manner (A.9517)
  • require non-profit organizations to provide clear and convincing evidence of their non-profit status to maintain their tax exemption (A.9516)
  • ensure that properties purchased by tax exempt organizations are used as intended in a timely fashion (A.9461)

Aileen Gunther

20 Anawana Lake Road
Monticello, NY 12701
(845) 794-5807