Delay in STAR rebates concerns state representative

NORWICH Ė According to Gov. Eliot Spitzerís executive budget proposal released Tuesday, a scheduled increase in the STAR rebate for middle class taxpayers would be delayed one year in an effort to tighten spending.

Despite the delay, the governorís plan still calls for an overall $134 million increase in STAR rebate funding over last year.

Started by former Gov. George Pataki, STAR is meant to relieve school tax burdens on seniors and middle class property owners.

The promised 17 percent rebate increase would add $65 on average to STAR checks for the middle-class participants in Chenango County, according to Spitzerís office. If held up until 2010-11, that translates into a total of $673,910 that wonít be divided amongst the countyís 10,214 receiving that exemption in 2008-09, according to figures provided by the county Office of Real Property Tax Service.

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