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Basic STAR recipients need to register for 2014

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Area residents who own their own homes may reduce their school property taxes through the New York State School Tax Relief (STAR) Program. New legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years.

The STAR Program is a tax relief for homeowners, paid for through state taxes. It is not a new source of funding for schools and does not reduce or increase actual school tax rates. To receive the tax relief, homeowners must apply through a local assessor's office. In the past, once homeowners applied for and received the Basic STAR exemption, they did not need to reapply unless they purchased and moved to a new primary residence.

New in 2013, taxpayers currently receiving the Basic STAR exemption must register with the state by Dec. 31, 2013, in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. The state will mail letters explaining the registration process to homeowners in Sullivan County the week of Sept. 9-13, 2013. Click here to learn more about the registration process.

If you are already registered for a Basic STAR exemption, though, you do not have to re-register to receive your 2013 exemption. The school tax bill you receive this fall will show the total amount you are exempt from paying under STAR. The actual amount of the full value exemption is dependent on the individual city/town where you reside.

Senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not affected by the new registration requirement. They must continue to apply annually or participate in the Income Verification Program, though.

Applications for the Basic and Enhanced STAR exemptions can be obtained from Liberty school district tax collector is Jeanne Dutcher at (845)439-3557.

For more information, click here to visit the state Department of Taxation and Finance STAR website.

Click to read "Homeowners must register for Basic STAR tax break" article from the August 22, 2013 Times Herald Record.

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Links to important information about Common Core Learning Standards and Grades 3-8 testing:


District & School Performance Report

New York State Education Dept. Report of Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Math Assessment Results for ALL DISTRICTS in NYS. (Liberty scores can be found at page 1,747.)


Aug. 7, 2013 Letter to Parents from NYS Ed. Commissioner John King


Aug. 7, 2013 news release-NYS Ed. Commissioner John King


Letter about 3-8 Testing from Larry Thomas, S.C. BOCES Superintendent read letter
This website is the most up-to-date resource about the NYS Common Core Learning Standards.

Parents Backpack Guide to Common Core State Standards


Common Core State Standards Initiative


National PTA- Parents' Guide to Student Success

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