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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:

Chatham518-392-2550
East Greenbush518-477-9710
Nassau518-766-2343
North Greenbush518-283-6175
Sand Lake518-674-2026 ext. 24
Schodack518-477-7932

A general summary of each exemption follows:

 

STAR Exemption

The School Tax Relief (STAR) program provides eligible homeowners in New York State with relief on their property taxes. If you’re a STAR recipient, you receive the benefit in one of two ways:

  • STAR credit program (open to any eligible homeowner whose income is $500,000 or less) – you receive a check in the mail from the Tax Department to apply to your school taxes
  • STAR exemption program (now closed to new applicants) – you receive a direct reduction on your school tax bill in the form of a property tax exemption

There are two types of STAR exemptions:

  • Basic STAR
    • available for owner-occupied, primary residences
    • the income limit for the Basic STAR credit is $500,000 (the income limit for the Basic STAR exemption is $250,000)
    • based on the first $30,000 of the full value of a home
  • Enhanced STAR
    • provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of senior citizens (age 65 and older)
    • the income limit for the Enhanced Star benefit is $86,300 or less for the 2019-2020 school year
    • based on the first $68,700 of the full value of a home for the 2019-2020 school year
    • Enhanced STAR recipients are now required to enroll in the Income Verification Program with your local assessor

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.