State needs to address delay in STAR rebates
Well, it’s that time of year again when my school tax bill promptly arrives in my mailbox. Fine, I am happy to educate our children. However, as a property owner and senior citizen in New York State, I’ve been a recipient of the enhanced STAR program for many years.
Not last year! A surprise awaited me as I read my school tax bill. The full amount was due with no STAR rebate. “What happened?” I asked my Town Clerk’s Office. I was one of the lucky 77 Hamburg property owners who had a change recorded on their property deed. I had a name added to my deed, therefore it was recorded as a “new” deed along with new homeowners.
After registering with Albany as required, I placed five to six calls to clerks who informed me that, “Yes, New York State is a little behind but checks will soon be issued.”
Why would Albany change a plan that worked with one it was totally unprepared to handle? If I paid my taxes late, I would surely be assessed a late fee. Am I accruing interest on the $1,200, soon to be $2,400, that is overdue? Frustrated? More than a little!