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School Tax Relief Program (STAR)

Basic STAR Enhanced STAR (Seniors) STAR Program Registration

Eligibility requirements:

  • total income (all owners who live in the home and any spouse who lives in the home) must be $500,000 or less

  • must own the home

  • must be primary residence                                                                                                                                 

Properties purchased before August 1, 2015 will receive an exemption of up to $30,000 of assessed value on the school tax bill.

Properties purchased after August 1, 2015 will receive a check for the equivalent exemption (up to $545) from New York State directly. The exemption or credit is noted on your bill as either BAS STAR or STAR Check.


Eligibility requirements:
  • all owners must be 65 or older, except for spouses and siblings
  • total income (all owners who live in the home and any spouse who lives in the home) must be $86,000 or less
  • must own the home
  • must be primary residence
Properties purchased before August 1, 2015 will receive an exemption of up to $65,500 of assessed value on your school tax bill.

Properties purchased after August 1, 2015 will receive a check for the equivalent exemption from New York State directly (up to $1,190). The exemption or credit is noted on your bill as either ENH STAR or STAR Check.
For more information or to register for the STAR Program, you may:
  • Cortland Enlarged City School District School Property Tax Collector:  Brayden Bushnell – (607) 758-4080
  • City of Cortland and Town of Virgil Assessor:  Brian Fitts – (607) 749-3153; 31 N. Main St., Homer, NY 13077
  • Town of Cortlandville:  David Briggs – (607) 756-7306; 3577 Terrace Rd., Cortland, NY 13045
  • Town of Harford:  Larry Fitts – (607) 749-3473; 31 N. Main St., Homer, NY 13077
  • Town of Lapeer:  Frances Butler – (607) 849-6966; 40 W. Main St., Marathon, NY 13803
  • Town of Dryden:  Steve Lehr – (607) 274-5517; 128 E. Buffalo St., Building C, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Cortland County Treasurer’s Office:  Kellie Greene – (607) 753-5070; 60 Central Ave., Rm 132, Cortland, NY 13045
  • City of Cortland Finance Office:   Tracey Hatfield – (607) 756-7312; 25 Court St., Cortland, NY 13045
  • Tompkins County Treasury Manager:  Melanie Merriman – (607) 274-5545; 125 East Court St., 2nd Floor, Old Jail, Ithaca, NY 14850

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