Under state law, the School Tax Relief (STAR) program offers exemptions that can now grow only by 2 percent per year.
The Basic STAR exemption is available on a homeowner's primary resident for anyone who owns and lives in his or her own home and earns less than $500,000 a year.
The Enhanced STAR exemption is available on the primary residence of taxpayers age 65 or older wiht yearly incomes below $81,900. (This is the 2014 figure.)
In the 2014, the STAR program rules did not change, however, the state comptroller's office has discovered that many exemtpions were improperly granted in the past. To stop this abuse of the system, the state legislature has started to require periodic renewal of Basic STAR exemptions. In order to continue receiving STAR exemptions, taxpayers were required to re-register with the NYS Tax Department by March 1. [STAR PROGRAM]
BH-BL residents over the age of 65 with an income of $37,400 or less (as of 2014) also ca be exempted from paying school taxes on 5 to 50 percent of their home's assessed value depending on their income.
The district also grants a disability exemption ranging from 5 to 50 percent for qualifying residents of any age with disabilities and incomes less than $37,500.
Applications for either the district Senior Citizen or Disability exemptions and for the state's STAR exemption must be filed with your town assessor's office.
In February 2017, the Board adopted the Alternative Veterans’ Tax Exemption (level 1), which allows qualifying veterans to be exempted from paying school taxes on a portion of their home’s assessed value depending on their military service.
Residents should contact their town assessor to learn more about these exemptions and how to apply.