Town of Tonawanda officials said Monday that this year the town saw 83 percent of its homestead properties participate in the state's STAR tax relief program.
Councilwoman Amy J. Murphy, reporting to Town Board members at a work session Monday, said Town Assessor David M. Unmack got the higher-than-normal yield of participants by sending out three mailings to homeowners.
The second and third mailings used databases to target non-responding homeowners, reminding them that the state's STAR program is no longer just for senior citizen taxpayers, Ms. Murphy said.
Supervisor Carl J. Calabrese said the savings to town residents not falling in the senior bracket that participated in the STAR program this year averaged about $150 per homestead. For seniors, the savings were generally much more, he said.