Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I-Pulaski) said today this fall is the first time in three years that property owners will not receive their STAR Rebate checks. The checks were eliminated in the budget.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There were several reasons I did not support the 2009-10 budget. Primarily, it increased taxes and fees, did not cut spending and eliminated the STAR Rebate checks for property owners. Residents have taken a double hit with increased taxes and elimination of STAR,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Barclay.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We knew the STAR rebate checks were not a permanent solution to high property tax rates, however, they did provide some relief to those who needed it most. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unfortunate for all that Albany leaders saw fit to pass a budget, negotiated behind closed doors, that did not include the rebates, especially in this economic climate,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Barclay.
The Middle Class STAR Rebate Program provided middle class homeowners with incomes under $250,000 about $1.3 billion in rebates for 2007-8 and $1.8 billion in 2008-09. Over the past 10 years, state spending has increased by $52 billion or 65 percent.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We need to create a more equitable property tax structure. STAR at least helped many receive a break. I am urging my colleagues in the Assembly and Senate to work together to not only close this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s budget gaps of $2.1 billion but to come together for some real solutions to high property taxes,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Barclay.