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Young issues statement on STAR 'error'

March 8, 2013

State Sen. Catharine Young has issued this statement regarding the STAR property tax exemption issue, which was first reported by the Times Union of Albany....

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Mar-08-13 7:44 PM

yes Chuck392 my bank pays my taxes also,but the original filing for star was my responsibility and when I turn 65 it will be my responsibility to file every year,not the banks,so what we are talking about is being responsible, and being a elective representative is not an exemption

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Mar-08-13 6:24 PM

judeye - I have to agree with you. The bank pays my real property taxes. Yes, I eventually get a receipt. Do I look at it? No. Do I think most people scrutinize theirs? No.

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Mar-08-13 5:49 PM

Im sorry i just can't beleive after all these years you din't know what was happening. Don't you ever look at your taxes? You can blame it on your Husband,do you look at all your state business or does someone else tell you what's going on?

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Mar-08-13 4:41 PM

Atta girl Cathy, back at em. By the way I have always said the STAR exemption shoud not exist. Another example of take my money and give it back to me. Creates government jobs and administrative work to collect all the information. Just so the politicians look good.

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Mar-08-13 4:37 PM

The bigger issue I think is how many other "mistakes" did the assessor mess up? How many others are getting double star exemptions?

As for Sen Young..clearly appears it was the assessor's that the Youngs just did not catch. Who of us would have? Ha ha..I bet none of us look closely to make sure we pay ENOUGH taxes...we are always trying to find ways to pay less.

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Mar-08-13 3:28 PM

"I felt strongly that the money should be reimbursed right away. The exemption came to about $200 per year, and the full amount has been paid with interest."

It will be interesting to see if the Observer will pu THIS in big bold print in tomorrow's paper!!!!

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Mar-08-13 2:27 PM

proconsev.let me get this straight,you don't think senior citizens deserve a break on school taxes?

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Mar-08-13 11:12 AM

Young is truly a good politician to have on board fighting for WNY/Upstate NY. Everyone makes mistakes, and overlooks stuff, and I am proud that she is owning up to it and paying back what she owes.

Now let's make changes in this state so that we don't need a ridiculous program in the first place!!!

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Mar-08-13 10:55 AM

Sorry - ignorance would not be a defense for anyone else.

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Mar-08-13 10:55 AM

Sorry - ignorance would not be a defense for anyone else.

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Mar-08-13 10:47 AM

So now she's a hero. The fact that she overlooked the STAR exemption written on her tax statement, it is all on the assessor and is not her fault. In addition, she is settling the problem even though she is very busy working on that state budget. What an amazing gal.

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Mar-08-13 10:40 AM

This is two fold. The assessor first and the property owner second. It states on the tax bill that there is a star exemption and the dollar amount. When the assessor missed it the property owner should have seen it. I wonder how many of these are out there. Give her credit for paying it back promptly.

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Mar-08-13 10:30 AM

The assessor messed up when he didn't immediately remove the STAR emption from the parcel when he first received notice that the property had changed hands, AS WAS HIS SOLE RESPONSIBILIY. He then sent out a new application to the address, something that's NOT done unless the office new that the property had changed hands, but yet again failed to make certain that the exemption had been removed when the application was retuned uncompleted. The bottom line is that it takes an affirmation action (you have to opt in) on the part of the property owner to avail themselves of the STAR program. The Young's never did that. Their problem was that they trusted that the charges on the tax bill, which are the sole responsibilty of the assessor, were correct. The lesson learned here is that you never trust government any further than you can throw it, especially when your reputation may be on the line.

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