Change intended to eliminate fraud
By Derek Liebig
Homeowners who receive a Basic STAR exemption for property tax assistance will need to register with the state in order to continue to receive the benefit in 2014 and beyond.
The state Department of Taxation and Finance has taken administrative control of the state School Tax Relief Program application process.
Local assessors had previously been responsible for oversight of applications but the state for years has struggled with widespread fraud and abuse of the program.
A March [...]