Tonawanda News

November 22, 2013

City, town holding STAR outreach sessions

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — City and Town of Tonawanda Assessor Dave Marrano has announced two outreach sessions to assist those who still need to reregister for the Basic STAR property tax exemption. 

The Town of Tonawanda event will take place from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the assessor’s office, located at the Municipal Building at 2919 Delaware Ave. The City of Tonawanda event will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the assessor’s office in City Hall, located at 200 Niagara St. 

All the recipients of the exemption have to reregister by Dec. 31 as part of a state initiative to protect residents from fraudulent exemptions.

The state estimated that by now, 85 to 90 percent of residents would have reregistered, but only 63 percent have. In Erie County, that figure stands at 71 percent.

“Town statistics are not available, but if we line up with county numbers, we have about 4,500 residents who have not reregistered,” Marrano said Monday at the town board meeting.

Statistics from earlier in the month indicated that only one-third of eligible Niagara County residents had reregistered. 

At the outreach sessions, Marrano and his staff will assist residents with the process, which he said will only take about three minutes to do. 

Residents should bring the Social Security numbers of the property owner. Those who do not remember if they have reregistered or not can also come to the sessions to check. The state is also sending out postcards to remind residents to reregister.

Seniors who receive Enhanced STAR are not a part of the Basic reregistration. 

For more information, visit www.tax.ny.gov or call 518-457-2036.