Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, the city council and lawmakers who represent the city in the state Legislature are hosting a forum Monday on the STAR property tax exemption, which is for school taxes. The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Ave. in Yonkers. Representatives from the state Department of Taxation and Finance, the Yonkers Assessor’s Office and the city’s Office of Constituent Services will be there to answer questions about the program.
Yonkers residents can save more than $1,000 on their property tax bills through the Basic STAR exemption. Senior citizens who qualify for the Enhanced STAR exemption can save more than $2,100 in property taxes.
As part of an anti-fraud initiative, the nearly 2.7 million homeowners who claimed the school tax exemption last year have to register with the state by Dec. 31. Registration is mandated because the state wants to weed out taxpayers who are receiving STAR exemptions on more than one property. The state Tax Department found thousands of homeowners receiving the benefit on more than one property.
STAR exemptions can be claimed only on the primary residence of homeowners with annual incomes less than $500,000. The first $30,000 of the full value of a home is exempt from school taxes.
Homeowners can register online. To register by phone, call 518-457-2036 . Online information is available in six languages, and interpreters can help speakers of all languages via telephone. The agency is offering extended STAR Hotline hours through Dec. 31 – weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.