Byrne Votes to Get STAR Back to the Basics

On Wednesday, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,Ref-Mahopac) voted in favor of a measure that will reverse the STAR program back to the original form.

“We’ve been getting calls about homeowners not receiving their STAR rebate checks in a reasonable amount of time, if at all. The unnecessary financial burden that this program added to new homeowners is exactly what’s driving people out of New York. The STAR program helps seniors and families pay their property taxes. I’m glad we were able to work toward getting this changed,” said Byrne.

The original program was set up so that homeowners would see the STAR savings deductions on their property tax bills. The budget last year included a measure that would provide income tax credits in the form of a check for those who bought a new home in 2016. Last year’s change imposed a financial burden on seniors and families by requiring them to pay their entire bill up front.

Byrne has criticized the changes made in 2016 saying, “you shouldn’t fix what’s not broken.” Byrne is now urging the Senate to vote on this legislation.