Gregory Klingler, Assessor
Marion Eagan, Assistant to the Assessor
P.O. Box 423
Chestertown, New York 12817
Phone #: (518) 494-3515
Monday through Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
New STAR (School Tax Relief) Program Information
As of April 1, 2016, the STAR program has been restructured and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has taken over the registration of new homeowners who wish to register for the STAR or Enhanced STAR… Your local Assessor no longer register new homeowners for this program. The Basic STAR is available for all NY homeowners who reside in their home as their primary residence. The Enhanced STAR is a larger discount for seniors 65 or older who meet the income limits as prescribed by the State. These programs no longer discount the school tax the amount off the school tax bills, rather the State will now issue refund checks in the amount of the exemption.
In order to register for either STAR programs, the homeowner needs to register with the New York State Department of Taxation. You can either register on-line at www.tax.ny.gov/star or by calling them at (518) 457-2036. Online registration is easy and only takes a few minutes. If you call to register, be sure to ask about the Enhanced STAR if you’re 65 or older. For other questions or concerns pertaining to the STAR program call their hotline at (518) 457-2036.