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Tax Exemptions

The East Greenbush Central School District offers the following school property tax exemptions:

School Tax Relief Program (STAR)InformationRegister Online 
Alternative Veterans ExemptionInformationApplication
Cold War Veterans ExemptionInformationApplication
Eligible Funds Veterans ExemptionInformationApplication
Senior Citizens with Limited IncomesInformationApplication
Persons with Disabilities & Limited IncomesInformationApplication
Accessibility for Persons with DisabilitiesApplication

Exemptions on your school tax bill are not automatic. Applications are required and available from your town assessor.  Some exemptions also require proof of income and property ownership. For most exemptions, the application deadline is March 1. Please check with your assessor on exemption details:

Chatham392-2550
East Greenbush477-9710
Nassau766-2343
North Greenbush283-6175
Sand Lake674-2026 ext. 24
Schodack477-7932

A general summary of each exemption follows:

 

STAR Exemption

STAR is New York State’s School Tax Relief Program that includes a partial property tax exemption from school taxes for homeowners. Most New Yorkers who own and live in their home – whether it’s a condominium, cooperative apartment, manufactured home, farm dwelling, apartment building or mixed-use property – are eligible for the STAR exemption on their primary residence.

Important changes to STAR: As a result of recent law changes, some homeowners will receive a STAR check directly from New York State instead of receiving a school property tax exemption. The amount of your benefit will be the same regardless of how you receive it. Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, new STAR applicants will need to register with the Tax Department to receive a STAR check. More information.

There are two types of STAR exemptions: Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR

  • Basic STAR is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owners’ income is less than $500,000. Basic Star provides a tax break by exempting a portion of the full value of a home from school taxes.
  • Enhanced STAR provides an additional exemption benefit for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older) with qualifying incomes.

Alternative Veterans Exemption

East Greenbush Central School District’s Board of Education approved an alternative veterans’ tax exemption in January 2015 for veterans of defined periods of wars, veterans who received expeditionary medals and veterans who sustained disabilities from their service.

  • A qualified residential parcel receives an exemption equal to 15% of its assessed value up to $6,000.
  • Where the veteran can document service in a combat theater or combat zone, the property receives an additional exemption equal to 10% of its assessed value up to $4,000.
  • Where a veteran has received a service-connected disability rating from the Veterans’ Administration or the Department of Defense, there is an additional exemption which is equal to one-half of the disability rating, multiplied by the assessed value of the property up to $20,000.

Cold War Veterans Exemption

East Greenbush Central School District’s Board of Education approved a school tax exemption for Cold War veterans at its public meeting on January 11, 2017. The exemption is offered to veterans who served in active duty, other than training, in the Armed Forces between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991 and were discharged or released under honorable conditions. The Board removed the 10-year limitation of this tax exemption with a resolution at its meeting on January 10, 2018.

  • A qualified residential parcel receives an exemption equal to 15% of its assessed value up to $6,000.
  • Where a veteran has received a service-connected disability rating from the Veterans’ Administration or the Department of Defense, there is an additional exemption which is equal to one-half of the disability rating, multiplied by the assessed value of the property up to $20,000.
  • An individual is not eligible for both a Cold War veterans’ exemption and an alternative veterans’ exemption at the same time.

Eligible Funds Veterans Exemption

East Greenbush Central School District’s Board of Education approved the eligible funds veterans exemption on January 10, 2018. It allows veterans who purchased their home with eligible funds (e.g., proceeds from a veteran’s pension, insurance, POW compensation) to reduce the assessed value of their primary residence before the tax rate is applied.

  • A qualified residential parcel receives an exemption, generally up to $7,500.

Senior Citizens with Limited Incomes

The District allows a partial tax exemption for homeowners age 65 or older with limited incomes.  This exemption provides a 50% reduction in the assessed valuation of property for qualifying seniors with annual incomes up to $29,000.  Lower percentage exemptions are provided based on a sliding scale for qualifying seniors with incomes between $29,000 and $37,400 as follows:

Income LevelPercentage Exemption
Up to $29,00050%
$29,001-$30,00045%
$30,001-$31,00040%
$31,001-$32,00035%
$32,001-$32,90030%
$32,901-$33,80025%
$33,801-$34,70020%
$34,701-$35,60015%
$35,601-$36,50010%
$36,501-$37,4005%
$37,401 & Over0%

 

Individuals with Disabilities and Limited Incomes

The District allows a partial tax exemption for qualifying homeowners with disabilities and limited incomes by reason of that disability. This exemption provides a 50% reduction in the assessed valuation of property for qualifying property owners with annual incomes up to $29,000. Lower percentage exemptions are provided based on a sliding scale for qualifying persons with disabilities with incomes between $29,000 and $37,400 as follows:

Income LevelPercentage Exemption
Up to $29,00050%
$29,001-$30,00045%
$30,001-$31,00040%
$31,001-$32,00035%
$32,001-$32,90030%
$32,901-$33,80025%
$33,801-$34,70020%
$34,701-$35,60015%
$35,601-$36,50010%
$36,501-$37,4005%
$37,401 & Over0%

 

Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities, Section 459-a

The District allows a partial exemption from taxes for property that is installed, altered or improved subsequent to the Americans with Disabilities Act to remove architectural barriers for the disabled.  The amount of the exemption in the first year is 50% of the increase in property value attributable to the alteration, installation, or improvement.  The exemption amount then decreases by 5% in each of the next nine years.