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Posted on November 29, 2016 at 2:54 PM by PattiAnn Schultz
According to the Department of Taxation and Finance, another round of rebate checks from New York State is set to hit Webster resident’s mailboxes sometime before the end of the year
This latest round of rebate checks was passed last year by the Albany legislative bodies who thought we did not have enough of rebate checks, and passed the Property Tax Relief Credit Plan.
This is different from the Property Tax Freeze checks we just received for the past three years. This rebate check will be for $185.00 for all upstate homeowners who live in a school district that is complying with the New York State property tax cap, receive either basic or enhanced STAR property tax relief and have an income of $275,000 or less.
This new Property Tax Relief program will continue through 2019 and in 2017, the property tax relief credit will be a percentage of a homeowner’s STAR benefit, with lower incomes receiving a higher percentage of the benefits.
Added to this check will be any savings from last year’s tax freeze program you might receive from living in Webster. Anyone who did not get a check that was for under $50.00 in the previous year will get all this money bundled into one check which could amount to around $280.00. If you were to ask me how all this was figured out the only answer I could give you is “your guess is as good as mine” because the state is not sharing their formula with anyone.
The Department of Taxation and Finance has started to send out checks already, but could only tell me that by year’s end all checks should be in resident’s mailboxes. Please keep a lookout for this check, especially before throwing out any mail you might receive this holiday season.
I wonder how many Webster residents understand that these rebate programs are part of the Governor’s plans to show that New York State is lowering taxes. I also wonder how many Webster residents would just as soon like lower state income rates in April over a broader spectrum than to send our hard working money to Albany in April only to get a rebate check back in November. How in the world does any of this make any sense when you have to take in the cost of producing the checks, the paper and mailing costs? Where is the savings? These rebates remind me of my wife cutting coupons out of the Sunday paper to save a few bucks on our grocery bill each week. The State of New York is fast becoming a coupon rebate state with these never ending rebate programs.
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Ronald W. Nesbitt