Look To The STAR Grievance Day In May

Dated: March 1 2013

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Tomorrow, March 1st, 2013 is the deadline for applying for the STAR (School Tax Relief)  Exemption Program. If you don't already have it, RUN to your nearest Assessors Office with your proof of residency and ownership and with your completed RP-425 form. See the form instructions or contact your local assessor. It is possible to download the form from the internet, perhaps from your local Library if need be. They would also have these forms at the offices of the Receiver of Taxes. You might also bring with you a utility bill or 2 with your name and address on it for further documentation of residency. The STAR Exemptions can range between $800.- and $1,000.- so it is well worth everything within your power to do to obtain this particular exemption.You are entitled to it if your income is less than $500,000.- and the property in question is your primary residence!

Grievance Day in Rockland County is usually the last Thursday in May. (The Villages of Haverstraw, Hillburn, Piermont, Spring Valley and Upper Nyack had their Grievance Day on February 19, 2013). Grievance Day for Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Orangetown, Ramapo amd Stony Point will be on May 28th, 2013. Contact your Town Clerk to find out what is required to submit a grievance. Most people think it is an incredibly complicated proceedure, but, if you go on-line, you can find lots of information regarding the process, what information is important for you to understand and ferret out to use to your advantage, and what kind of documentation is necessary to have a successful conclusion to get your taxes reduced.If you don't  think you are equal to the task, Bruce Sakol and Associates has a long track record in all of the Towns and Villages of Rockland for successful tax grievances. They charge a one time fee of 50% of the reduction amount.

In any event, good luck with either or both of these projects and I hope you acquire your objective(s) without too much angst or anxiety. 

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Kacy Coyle Dow

Growing up in Rockland County and being a 3rd generation realtor, it was important for me to continue the "Coyle & Coyle" family tradition of real estate. I understand the importance of professionali....

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