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STAR is New York State's School Tax Relief Program that includes a partial property tax exemption from school taxes.  If you own and live in your home, you are probably eligible for the STAR exemption.

There are two parts to the STAR property tax exemption:

  • The Basic STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied primary residences where the total income of all property owners is $500,000 or less per year.  Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the assessed value of the home for school tax purposes only.

  • The Enhanced STAR exemption is available for owner-occupied primary residences where at least one owner is 65 years of age.  In addition to the age requirement, there is a maximum income level requirement which changes yearly. For the 2012/13 school tax bill, the maximum income is $79,050 on your 2010 income tax return.  Income for Enhanced STAR purposes is defined as your adjusted gross income minus taxable amount of total IRA distributions. The Enhanced STAR works by exempting the first $60,100 of the assessed value of the home for school tax purposes only. 


Section 467 of the Real Property Tax Law gives local governments and school districts the option of granting a reduction in the amount of property taxes paid by qualifying senior citizens age 65 and older.  This reduction is in addition to the Enhanced STAR exemption.  There is a maximum income limit to qualify which varies between the County, Town and School Districts.  In addition, non-reimbursed medical expenses may be deducted in certain instances.  For further information regarding the income limits along with the medical deductions, please contact the assessors office during normal business hours.



A reassessment does not necessarily mean your taxes will increase.  Nor does it mean that your assessment will definitely increase.  Also, if your assessment is increased, it does not necessarily mean your taxes will increase.  A property assessment should reflect market value.  As market values fluctuate and the assessments are not changed to reflect the fluctuation, a property owner may pay more or less then their fair share of taxes.  Keeping assessments up-to-date each year is necessary for fair tax distribution.


The first step would be to have an informal meeting with the assessor.  During that meeting you can review how the assessor arrived at the market value of your property and tell her any information regarding your property that she may not be aware of.  The assessor typically will not make a decision on changing the assessment at that time.  You will receive a letter advising of her decision by the beginning of May.  If you are not satisfied with the decision, you may file for a formal review of your assessment to the Board of Assessment Review (BAR).  The BAR meets on the forth Tuesday in May.  The assessors office can explain to you how to go about filing the paperwork needed for the BAR. 



A property assessment is based on market value.  What would a willing buyer and a willing seller pay for the property under normal conditions. There are three approaches used to value real property. They are the sales approach, the cost approach and the income approach.  Typically when placing a market value on a pre-existing single family residence, the assessor uses the sales approach and compares sales of similar houses to the subject.  However, the cost approach can also be used.  The cost approach is based on the depreciated cost of labor and materials required to replace it. The income approach is typically used to value commercial properties.  Any of these three approaches can be used to provide the best estimate of a properties market value.  The property must be assessed as its current use, not the highest and best use of the property.   

Ontario County Fair Poster Contest


Where Good Things are Growing

Your poster must include Ontario County Fair, and fair dates

July 21-25 2015

Three age categories - up to age 10, 11-18, 19 & up

Winners in each category will receive an Ontario Fair Fun Pack

- Free parking pass, ride bracelet, coupons for the Dairy Bar -

Entries should be received by May 31st to:

Julie Maslyn 5000 Farmington Town line Rd Farmington NY 14425

name, age and contact information should be on back of poster. Posters can be any size, but the easiest size for us to copy and use in our promotional materials is a standard 8x11 piece of paper. 

e-mail juliemaslyn13@gmail.com for questions

Winners will be contacted - parking pass will be mailed and bracelets and coupons can be picked up in fair office during the week of the fair.

(Art work can be returned to you, project displayed at the fairgrounds may be picked up the Sunday after the fair. If that day doesn’t work for you and you really want your work back contact me and we will see about getting it back to you. )

(Judging will take place Monday June 1st by the Ontario County Fair Youth board)

CR 8 at CR 41/Shortsville Road Intersection Improvement Project

This is going out for bid April 2015. For more information go to the Ontario County web site

Next Meeting:May 13th Farmington Town Hall meeting room from 11 am to 1pm. Bring your own bag lunch, dessert and beverages provided. The meeting is open to ALL Veterans and spouses/widows. Representatives from Veteran Services and Canandaigua VA/Veterans benefits will be present to answer questions. Monthly meetings are hosted by the Vietnam War Commemorative Committee.

The above pictures were taken on Veterans Day meet and greet of local Vietnam Era Veterans at the Mertensia Lodge. Thanks to the volunteer committee. "The Town of Farmington is not a part of, or endorsed by, the Department of Defense."


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