Governor Cuomo's proposed 2020 NY State Budget includes a provision to deny the STAR Property Tax Exemption for property owners who have a delinquent property tax owing on their primary residence from 2019. The STAR Exemption or STAR Credit Check will be disallowed for the 2020-21 School Tax bill if delinquent taxes are one year overdue.
Chautauqua County has 30,492 properties in the STAR Program either as an exemption or by receiving a credit check. As of now, there are 768 STARs, which could be disallowed if those taxpayers do not pay their delinquent taxes. New York State Tax & Finance will be sending letters out in the next 60 days to those property owners if the provision passes in the State Budget.
“Delinquent tax payments will have to be made to the Chautauqua County Real Property Tax Office,” said Real Property Tax Director Jim Caflisch, “and I encourage taxpayers still owing 2019 taxes to protect their STAR status if at all possible.” Caflisch added that “I am concerned that the proposed disallowance of STAR status based on only one year of delinquent taxes creates an unwarranted hardship for those who may have experienced a personal setback, and are now further penalized in such a short period of time.”