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The new face of STAR for new applicants (for 2016+)...
Are you a new STAR applicant? If so, you need to APPLY for the NYS STAR Credit with New York Department of Tax & Finance (NYDTF). Please check out the new NYS STAR guidelines at:
NYDTF STAR EXEMPTION PROGRAM
For questions, please call the NYDTF phone number is 518-457-2036.
In addition, if you applied for the STAR or Enhanced STAR Exemption with the Assessment Office between May 2, 2015 and May 1, 2016, you will be receiving a letter before the end of June indicating what you need to do.
The New York State School Tax Conundrum
by Robert Bick, Fair & Equitable Magazine November 2015
We made it to late summer.The shock created by last September's school tax bill has long ago faded behind bountiful gardens and gorgeous summertime sunsets. Yet since September,there are a few historical absolutes: the shadows grow longer,the nights are getting cooler, some professional football player will refuse to report to training camp because of a higher salary request, and Assessors in New York State are swamped with phone calls regarding the latest school tax bill.
In New York, people often call the local assessor's office to discuss "taxes." Most towns in New York (there are approximately 950) have tax receivers/collectors, yet the vast majority of taxpayers go directly to the assessor for tax-related questions. Ironically, New York State does not acknowledge the term t.ax assessor.The function is merely called assessor, and most assessors make it their business to be accountable regarding the property tax process, with all its vast, odd and cumbersome nuances. So the question, "Why are the school taxes so high in upstate New York"? is endlessly asked and begs to be answered.
This article attempts to shed some light on the various factors contributing to the high taxes for schools in New York State and then proposes a solution...
For the full article please click on this link: The NYS School Tax Conundrum
ABOUT FILING A GRIEVANCE
Grievance Day is June 21, 2016. If you are filing a Grievance Form/Complaint on Assessment RP-524, you need to file a paper copy with the Assessment Office.
Due to the nature and volume of paperwork, faxed and emailed copies are NOT ACCEPTED. We trust you understand and we appreciate your cooperation.
The assessment office requires only 1 copy of the completed Grievance Form. If you would like your own copy to be date stamped/received, please provide an additional copy for your records.
If you are sending a copy by U.S. mail, it must be officially postmarked on or before June 21, 2016.
Also, if you are bringing a copy with you to the Grievance Day hearing and you wish to retain a date stamped copy for yourself, you must bring your own copy. Copiers are not available during the evening session from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
The BAR (Board of Assessment Review) will hear grievances on June 21, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.
The Lower Hudson Valley Real Estate Market Gains Momentum...
According to the June 28, 2015, Journal News article entitled, "Real Estate Market: Lower Hudson Valley is on the Rise," for parts of the lower hudson valley region the real estate market has been "hot" at certain price levels. Recent real estate sales have included bidding wars, all cash deals, and crowded open houses.
According to Arthur Scinta of Houlihan Lawrence, ""It's the best market we've had since 2007, both in price and the velocity of sales."
For the complete article, go to: Real Estate Market: Lower Hudson Valley is on the Rise
The State of the Local Real Estate Market...
Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors published their end of year 2015 Hudson Valley Real Estate Report which includes the following articles:
~ Hudson Valley Home Sales Reach Pre-Recession Levels
~ Strong Economy Boosting Outlook for Westchester Office Market
Click here for the complete version:
HUDSON VALLEY REAL ESTATE REPORT 2015