On Monday, January 30th, a postcard will be mailed to all residential property owners in Schuyler County on behalf of the Towns, Villages, and School Districts in the county. The postcard is in response to a recently enacted New York State mandate requiring additional notice be given to residential property owners about the eligibility requirements for the limited income senior citizen property tax exemption provided for under NYS RPTL 467.
The postcard will direct property owners to contact their Assessor for more information, but only if they are 65 years of age or older and meet the residency and income requirements. The county Real Property Office has coordinated this response to the mandate.
Eligibility for the tax exemption is limited to property owners who are 65 years of age or older prior to December 31, 2023, and who own their primary residence. The combined income of all owners and their spouses must be less than $22,400, unless the property is located in the Trumansburg School District, in which case the combined income must be less than $36,400. Additionally, a completed application must be submitted to the town Assessor no later than March 1, 2023.
Those who do not meet the above criteria should disregard the postcard notice.
The county anticipates that the mailing will generate quite a bit of attention and questions from the public. To help mitigate any confusion and ensure the intended audience is made aware of this tax exemption, the county is alerting the public in advance of the mailing. The county also expects that some may suspect the mailing of being fraudulent, so officials are urging the public to contact the appropriate department if they have any questions.
Senior property owners in the Towns of Catharine, Dix, Hector, Montour, Orange, Reading and Tyrone can call 1-607-535-8118 with any questions. Town of Cayuta residents should contact their town at 1-607-594-2507.
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