March 21, 2018
ALBANY, NY – Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, Corning) is a strong supporter of a bill that seeks to get rid of the changes to the state’s School Tax Relief Program. The legislation (A.5969) would again classify the STAR benefit as a property tax exemption. Palmesano says that the governor’s decision to re-classify the benefit as an income tax credit caused numerous problems for first-time homebuyers, seniors who are downsizing their residence and individuals who moved and purchased a new primary residence in the state. The Corning Republican says that these homeowners now have to pay their entire tax bill up front and wait for their state tax return for reimbursement. Also, in some cases, he says that they had to file new paperwork to have a check sent to them from the state, many of which were sent late. Palmesano doesn’t want that to happen again.
“Today’s vote shows that our house is committed to getting back to basics with the STAR program. It was popular for a simple reason: it worked. The administration’s changes were misguided. It never made sense to make seniors, first-time homebuyers and hardworking families front the entire cost of their school taxes instead of deducting their savings right from the bill. It’s become a needless and avoidable hardship. The fact that so many of the rebate checks have been delayed makes it even harder to justify continuing to do it this way. I urge the state Senate to protect property taxpayers by passing this legislation as soon as possible. Let’s get it on the governor’s desk,” said Palmesano.