Assemblyman John Ceretto is making his office available to constituents to help them with STAR re-registration.
He attended a press conference where he urged people to re-register for the school tax credit. The deadline to re-register for the STAR exemption is Dec. 31. Many people who have received the STAR exemption in the past have yet to re-register and will end up with a higher property tax bill if they do not sign up. In response, Ceretto is working to get the word out about the re-registration requirement and to help families that need assistance so they do not experience a tax increase next year.
"The STAR tax credit is an important vehicle for property tax relief in New York," Ceretto said. "However, legislation was recently passed that requires everyone to re-register for the exemption, but there are still a lot of people who have not done so. I am making my staff available to help people claim this tax credit. Western New Yorkers are asking for property tax relief, and helping them claim credits that already exist is one common-sense way to deliver relief to them."
In Ceretto's district, only 60 percent of people in the City of Niagara Falls and 61 percent in the Town of Niagara have re-registered for STAR. In the rest of Ceretto's district, Lewiston and Cambria's re-registration rate is at 68 percent; North Tonawanda is at 69 percent; Wheatfield is at 72 percent; and Grand Island is at 73 percent.