this is stupid. Why don't they just increase the exemption amount ? So instead of TAKING our money, and then giving it back to us, they just let us keep it in the FIRST place !!!!!
Ranzenhofer introduces bills to reinstate STAR property tax rebates
Submitted by Howard Owens on February 15, 2012 - 10:34am
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has introduced legislation in the New York State Senate to reinstate the STAR rebate check program for senior citizens. Senate Bill No. S6286 would provide seniors, who qualify for the Senior STAR exemption, with a rebate check.
“Property taxes are a serious burden for seniors, making it more difficult for them to afford the increased costs of staying in their homes. That is why I have proposed a bill in the State Senate to reinstate the STAR rebate check program and restore property tax relief to senior homeowners,” Senator Ranzenhofer said.
Senator Ranzenhofer also has authored legislation, Senate Bill No. S4338, to reinstate the Middle Class STAR rebate check program. Restoring the program for homeowners would provide $141.5 million in tax relief for Western New Yorkers.
“One of the reasons why I opposed the 2009-10 State Budget was because it eliminated the STAR rebate check program. The 2009-10 State Budget also failed to offer homeowners a rain check to make up for the loss in tax relief. As a result, the average New York household has had to pay an additional $900 in property taxes each year since that time. Passing this legislation is a start to return the tax relief which was taken away,” Ranzenhofer said.
Initiated in 2006, the STAR rebate check program was eliminated in the 2009-10 State Budget. Senator Ranzenhofer, along with many of his colleagues in the State Senate, lead the fight by starting a petition drive to restore the program shortly thereafter. The discontinuation of the program cost the average New York household $900 per year.
Irene, because then they wouldn't be able to say: "SEE HOW GOOD TO YOU WE ARE?"
Here's an idea....fund your damn programs to the level you mandate them too, and then the local municipalities and school districts can lower the taxes!
Doug - - you're absolutely RIGHT.