BRASHER FALLS - Some Brasher residents are going to need to take advantage of the states deadline extension to register for the STAR tax exemption.
Assessor Allen W. Fukes told Brasher Town Board members Wednesday that there were 114 homeowners, including 19 Enhanced STAR recipients, who were not signed up for the tax exemption two weeks ago.
As of Monday, that was down to 60 residents, which included 19 Enhanced STAR recipients and 41 basic STAR recipients.
Enhanced STAR recipients are required to register annually with the towns assessor.
Mr. Fukes had told board members in December that, with a Dec. 31 deadline fast approaching, 76 percent of Brasher residents had registered for the exemption.
That deadline has since been extended because of the number of state property owners who had not registered. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance does not indicate the new deadline, but notes, The Dec. 31 deadline has passed, but we are accepting late registrations. Register immediately to keep your Basic STAR exemption.
Mr. Fukes said that pre-Dec. 31 calls were made by state officials to property owners who had not registered, reminding them about the deadline, will start up again in mid-January.
They are making calls again. Theyve been calling, and theyll start calling again on the 15th. They are giving them at least another month. Hopefully theyll get the message, he said.
Brashers assessor had previously received a list of town property owners who had not signed up so that he could also make reminder calls. He will be able to do that again once he receives a list.
I dont have the second list of 41, Mr. Fukes said.
He will receive another list in March with names of property owners who have not registered for the exemption.
I have to remove them, no ifs, ands or buts. They have to go through the process of applying again, just as if it was a brand new STAR exemption, he said.
The state is cracking down on homeowners who may have registered multiple homes for the exemption in the past by requiring them to register for the basic STAR exemption to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. Registration can be done online at www.tax.ny.gov or telephonically at 518-457-2036.
The STAR program exempts homeowners from the first $30,000 of the full value of an owner-occupied, primary residence where the resident owner and spouse have combined income of less than $500,000 a year.
According to the state tax department, taxpayers save an average of $700 a year through the program. In Brasher, Mr. Fukes said it means a savings of $24.39 per $1,000 of assessed value, which translates to $658.