Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R,C,I-Chautauqua) is reminding local homeowners to re-apply to receive their STAR Property Tax Exemption.
The program, which saves the average New York homeowner $700 per year, requires renewal before the end of the year and many homeowners still have not renewed their exemption.
The deadline to apply to receive the exemption on this year's tax bill is Dec. 31.
The new guidelines do not affect homeowners age 65 or above enrolled in Enhanced STAR.
"The STAR Tax Exemption provides local homeowners with meaningful relief from New York's heavy property tax burden," said Goodell. "Chautauqua County residents continue to face difficult property taxes, which is why I want to make sure all eligible homeowners receive the relief they deserve. The new system, which will be operated by the New York State Department of Tax and Finance, will also help prevent waste, fraud and abuse which may currently exist in the system."
In compliance with new guidelines meant to prevent fraud and abuse of STAR benefits, participants must sign up by telephone or online with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to continue their exemption for 2014 and beyond.
To register, visit www.tax.ny.gov or call (518) 457-2036.