The state Senate has approved a plan to restore the STAR Rebate checks next year for senior homeowners paying property taxes.
It’s the second time that the Senate passed a plan to restore the rebate checks, which were taken away in 2009.
“New York’s property taxes are simply too high, and while we’ve made progress in putting a stop to endless tax increases, homeowners need more relief, and they need it now,” said 48th District Senator Patty Ritchie, who is a prime sponsor of the bipartisan bill.
“STAR rebates provided homeowners with savings they could see, and in many cases, made a real difference in the ability of senior citizens to stay in their homes, and younger homeowners to be able to afford other essentials for their families,” Ritchie said.
According to Ritchie, New Yorkers pay among the highest property taxes in the nation. STAR rebates provided direct cash payments to homeowners that were based on the amount of their property tax bills.
Senator Ritchie said the plan had been rejected by downstate leaders of the Assembly. That body will receive the new bill from the Senate.