A bill to amend the real property tax law to establish a capped real property school tax rate for persons 70 years of age or older who meet the eligibility requirements for the enhanced STAR exemption has been introduced in the New York State Senate by Senator Ken LaValle.
The bill, LaValle said, provides seniors with a choice depending on individual circumstances. Seniors, under the bill, can either have their real property school tax rate frozen as of the day that they turn 70 or receive a STAR rebate check.
“This bill amends the real property tax law allowing seniors to opt to freeze the full value tax rate applied against their STAR eligible property to the previous year’s level, or in the alternative, receive a STAR rebate check,” said LaValle.
The same bill passed in the New York State Senate in 2011, but never moved out of committee in the Assembly. The bill did not move out of committee in either house in 2012.