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December 4, 2013

STAR registration session set for Monday

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Representatives of the state Department of Taxation and Finance will be on hand Monday in Lockport to assist homeowners who still need to re-register for the state’s Basic STAR program.

About 10,000 or 20 percent of homeowners in Niagara County have not re-registered for the program, which offers school tax relief by exempting $30,000 of assessed property value from taxation. The exemption is granted on primary residences and conveys an average $500 to $800 reduction on annual school tax bills.

With passage of the 2013-14 state budget, Basic STAR recipients are required to re-register for the benefit one time, by Dec. 31. The requirement is a way to root out STAR fraud and abuse, according to Adam Tabelski, state Sen. George Maziarz’s communications aide. Homeowners who do not re-register will not receive the exemption any more.

Tax and Finance representatives will assist homeowners with re-registering on Monday, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Lockport DMV office, 111 Main St.

Senior citizens (age 65 and older) who are enrolled in the Enhanced STAR program do not have to re-register.