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Month: December 2019

Dec 2019

New York has made big changes to STAR rebates

ALBANY – Enough already with the changes to the state’s STAR program! That was the message this week from state lawmakers in the Hudson Valley, where property taxes are among the highest in the nation. The popular STAR break now comes in the form of a check for homeowners who earn between $250,000 and $500,000 …

Dec 2019

Suffern’s No. 1 taxpayer launches multimillion-dollar assessment challenge

The owner of the former Novartis campus wants its property assessments dropped by millions of dollars, potentially dealing a huge tax blow to the village, school district and town of Ramapo. Suffern Partners LLC filed a challenge on properties on Old Mill Road in Suffern and Hemion Road in Montebello seeking to drop the assessments from almost $4.8 million …

Dec 2019

Lawmakers Call On Cuomo To Leave Popular Tax Relief Program In State Budget

Residents from Westchester and Rockland counties are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep a popular tax relief program in the New York State budget. The School Tax Relief (STAR) Program gives homeowners in Rockland and Westchester some much needed relief after paying some of the highest property taxes in the state. Some lawmakers say …

Dec 2019

Should new Groton solar farm get tax breaks?

The Groton Town Council continued its discussion of the potential solar project by Abundant Solar Power, Inc. at a meeting on Nov. 12. Abundant Solar Power is proposing a large-scale solar array be installed on about 40.3 acres of land on Cortland Road to “provide clean energy under the NYSERDA NY-Sun Initiative,” according to an …

Dec 2019

Property Taxes Level Off Statewide

Give thanks for little favors: After years of rampant growth, property taxes in New York State have leveled off in the past few years. According to a study released last week, “Annual property tax levy increases have slowed significantly since 2005 and dipped below two percent in 2015, where they remained until 2019,” State Comptroller …