Basic STAR is for owners and owner’s spouses who reside at the property and their total income does not exceed $500,000. You should register for Basic STAR credit if you bought your home after the 2015 STAR deadline or never applied for the STAR benefit on your primary residence.
New Basic STAR applicants can apply online at www.tax.ny.gov/star or by calling (518) 457-2036. Qualified applicants will receive a credit in the form of a check directly from New York State instead of receiving a school property tax exemption.
Enhanced STAR is for owners who reside at the property and one of the owners is at least 65 years old. To apply for the Enhanced STAR or if you have any questions please call the Assessor’s Office at (315) 287-9792.
Board of Assessment Review
There are three seats on the Board of Assessment Review. Currently, the Chairman is Donna Brown. Other members are George Erdman Jr., and Candy Brown. The Board of Assessment Review holds Grievance Day on the fourth Tuesday of May from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Fowler Town Hall.
Residents who disagree with their assessment are urged to meet with the Town Assessors to discuss their assessments PRIOR to presenting their grievance to the Board of Assessment Review. To make arrangements to meet with an assessor at the Town Hall, please call the Assessors or call the Town Clerk at (315) 287-0045.
If residents wish to grieve their assessments, they may do so at the date and time previously outlined. The Board will review grievances and then make a decision to either lower the property owner’s assessment or leave the assessment the same. Residents who have filed a grievance are notified of the outcome by U.S. mail.
If you have purchased or built a new home in the Town of Fowler in the past few years and do not have a Star Exemption on the home, you may be eligible for the Star Exemption.
To determine if you are eligible, procure a Star Application Form from one of your Assessors or the Town Clerk’s Office. Residents who have the BASIC STAR have got to contact the State to re-register for the star even if they have filled out a Star form with the Assessors Department this year.
• Re-register by phone at 518-457-2036
• by Internet - <www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star13>
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