General information about STAR if you are a new home owner and you meet the qualifications for Basic or Enhanced STAR - you must apply with the NYS ORPTS office (www.tax.ny.gov).
If you are a homeowner in the Town of Brutus and it is owner-occupied, it is your primary residence and your combined income is less than $500,000, you are probably eligible for the Basic STAR exemption. This is not an automatic exemption - you must apply with the NYS ORPTS office (www.tax.ny.gov).
If you will be 65 years of age (in the current year) and your annual adjusted income is less than $86,300 (adjusted yearly for inflation) you may qualify for the Enhanced STAR exemption. If you currently have the Basic STAR and will turn 65 in the current year see the Town Assessor before March 1st to upgrade your STAR to Enhanced. You must reapply each year to demonstrate that your adjusted income continues to be within the program limit.
Enhanced STAR renewals are handled by NYS ORPTS starting in 2020. For more information, contact NYS ORPTS (www.tax.ny.gov).
OTHER popular exemptions are Veteran's, Agricultural and Senior Citizens (not STAR). Agricultural and Senior Citizens have to be renewed yearly. Renewal applications are mailed out every DECEMBER for the convenience of the exemptee. If you have any questions, please call the Assessor's office at (315) 834-9398.
Applications must be on file in the Assessor's office by March 1st of the current year.
PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT THE SENIOR CITIZEN PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION IS SEPARATE FROM STAR. UNLIKE STAR (WHICH ONLY HELPS WITH SCHOOL TAXES), THE SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION HELPS WITH COUNTY, TOWN AND VILLAGE TAXES. TO QUALIFY, YOU MUST BE 65 YEARS OLD, OWN YOUR HOME, IT IS YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE AND MEETS LOW INCOME REQUIREMENTS. THESE ARE THE MAIN QUALIFICATIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/exemption/seniorexempt.htm.