Supervisors received a quick lesson Wednesday on how to apply for a Basic STAR property tax exemption before they voted to continue to expand the Delaware County emergency radio communications system and build bridges.
John Wolham, Southern Regional Director, from Office of Real Property Tax Services, said, “New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is requiring homeowners to re-register before the end of the year. Original applications for Basic STAR exemption from previous years will not work. All homeowners must register to receive the exemption in year 2014. The new system is intended to help eliminate inappropriate or fraudulent Basic STAR exemptions.”
“Over 2.6 million New York State homeowners will be receiving a letter in the mail with instructions,” said John Wolham. “Letters for this region will be going out this week. You should receive them by the end of next week.” Homeowners, earning a combined income of less than $500,000 can register online at www.tax.ny.gov or by calling 518-457-2036.
“Homeowners seeking exemption are required to give their Social Security Number and household resident information. This data is used to cross-check information,” explained Wolham. “Homeowners can only claim one primary residence for exemption. If fraudulency is found, local municipalities can apply penalties and recover taxes.”
Delaware County Real Property Tax Service Director Mike Sabansky confirmed that “officials from different states do contact one another and investigate for fraud.”
Delaware County Under-Sheriff, Craig DuMond, then presented the Sheriff’s 2012 Annual Report. “Significant illicit drug enforcement has been accomplished, but there is still work to do,” said DuMond. “A mounted patrol has been reactivated and a K9 for narcotics and searching has been initiated.”
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department is fully accredited with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. “Due to limited number of vehicles, transportation of inmates to appointments and court can be an issue,” added DuMond.