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Straighten out STAR or extinguish it

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New York’s School Tax Relief program, popularly known as STAR, was a politician’s dream but a bean counter’s nightmare, and it took the state 15 years and countless billions of dollars to realize. Finally, it’s going to address the problem of double-dipping and other frauds that property owners have committed to scam extra benefits. STAR was designed to give homeowners a small rebate on their primary residence’s school taxes, but there have apparently been a ...

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March 7, 2013
1:49 p.m.

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It might be taking money out of one pocket instead of the other, but the pockets are not equal. One pocket has your home at risk of foreclosure--and the loss of years you've invested to purchase it--if it is taxed beyond your means. The other pocket doesn't have that consequence and is likely to reflect ones ability to pay.

March 7, 2013
5:27 p.m.

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The whole program should be thrown out. We have such twisted minds sometimes. Look how this works. Schools districts take some of your money, then NYS takes some of your money. Then NYS apparently gives back some of the money they took from you in the first place to compensate for the money that the school district took from you. How about everybody stop taking so much money in the first place?