Area homeowners who want a break on their property taxes are running out of time.
Dec. 31 is the deadline to apply for the STAR tax relief program. Even if you had been a part of the program in the past, reapplying is the only way to guarantee you will still get a break.
"The STAR tax exemption provides local homeowners with meaningful relief from New York's heavy property tax burden," said state Assemblyman Andrew 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.
Those 65 and above and part of the Enhanced STAR are not affected.