The deadline to apply for tax exemptions in Ticonderoga is approaching. Property owners have until March 1 to seek a reduction on their tax bills, according to Patti Osier, Ti sole assessor.
The deadline to apply for tax exemptions in Ticonderoga is approaching.
Property owners have until March 1 to seek a reduction on their tax bills, according to Patti Osier, Ti sole assessor.
“There are exemptions available to help many people in the community,” Osier said. “People who have any questions at all should call me or stop by my office. I’ll be happy to help.”
Osier can be reached at 585-5285. Her office, located on the second floor of the Ticonderoga Community Building, is open 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
There are several different tax exemptions available in Ticonderoga. Osier pointed out.
Agriculture exemptions are available to people who have farms with $50,000 a year or more in sales. The ag exemption is also available to people who own farm land lease it to commercial operations.
Ticonderoga also offers a tax exemption to military veterans. The amount of the exemption various depending on when and where a veteran served. Combat veterans received greater tax breaks.
Tax exemptions also exist for not-for-profit groups such as churches, hospitals an other groups.
New York offers the School Tax Relief Program — STAR — which provides homeowners with two types of partial exemptions from school property taxes.
People who earn less than $500,000 and own and live in their home are eligible for Basic STAR, which exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes
Enhanced STAR provides an increased benefit for the primary residences of senior citizens, age 65 and older, with qualifying incomes that exempts the first $62,200 of the full value of a home from school taxes.
Osier stressed people do not automatically receive exemptions. They must apply for them through office, unless they have previously applied.
Anyone who is uncertain if they qualify for a tax exemption or who isn’t certain if they are receiving one should call the assessor’s office, Osier said.
“I know it can seem complicated to a lot of people, but I can help them,” Osier said. “People will need paperwork to prove they’re eligible for an exemption, but it’s not a difficult process.”
Information on assessments and exemptions is also available online through the town of Ticonderoga website — www.townofticonderoga.com — and the Essex County Office of Real Property website — www.co.essex.ny.us/realproperty.asp.
Osier, who is responsible for 3,500 parcels in Ticonderoga, said the tentative town assessment roll must be filed by May 1. Grievance Day, for those who wish to challenge their assessments, will be May 22. The final Ti assessment roll will be filed July 1.