As we enter the fall season it is time to start thinking about exemption forms.~ There have been some changes that many residents and new homeowners are not aware of. In May of 2016, the regulations for the Basic STAR Exemption have changed. New STAR applicants (anyone who purchased their home after March 1, 2015) will receive a credit in the form of a check directly from New York State instead of receiving a school property tax exemption. The amount of your STAR benefit is the same regardless of how you receive it. The eligibility requirements remain the
same for both the STAR credit and the STAR property tax exemption. To receive the STAR credit or exemption, you must own your home and it must be your primary residence.
Current Basic and Enhanced STAR exemption recipients will keep their exemptions as long as they continue to own their current home.
New Basic and Enhanced STAR applicants need to register with New York State Tax Department to receive a STAR check. You can visit www.tax.ny.gov or call (518) 457-2036 for more information.
The new STAR regulations do not affect the additional exemption for Low Income Seniors. The income limit for this exemption varies with the school district. Burnt Hills: $37,400; Ballston Spa and Galway; $32,400; Scotia/Glenville: $27,499; If your income is below the level associated with your school district as reported on your 2016 taxes, and one owner has reached or will reach the age of 65 by December 31, 2017, it is in your best interest to apply for this exemption.~ The income requirements are a little more involved so please stop into the office and pick up a form. (Form RP467)* Please note that we need your most recent tax return, which will be 2016, for this type of exemption.
Questions? Please call the Assessors’ office at 384-0152~ ext 206.~ The office is open Tuesday and Thursday 9 am-12 noon, Tuesday evening 6-8 pm, and Saturdays (November-May)
9 am-12 noon
Duties & Responsibilities
The Assessors prepare an assessment roll of all real property (vacant and improved) within the Town boundaries, establishing the condition, value and taxable status of each parcel of property. The valuations determined by the Assessors are then used to calculate Saratoga County, School and Fire District taxes to be levied against each parcel of real estate.
To ensure that assessment records reflect the most current mailing address and to ensure that tax bills are sent to the correct address, please notify this office of any mailing address changes.
Informal meetings with an Assessor can resolve most assessment questions. You may also contact the NYS Office of Real Property Services for further information and forms (click on link above). If you disagree with your assessment, it is strongly recommended that you meet with one of the Town of Charlton Assessors (prior to Grievance Day on the 4th Tuesday in May) to learn how your assessment was determined and to make certain the assessor has all the correct information about the property. As a result of this meeting, an equitable adjustment may be reached.
If you are not satisfied with the determination of the Assessor, you may then proceed to the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) to learn the process for filing a grievance. If you go to Grievance Day and are still not satisfied, you have the right to take your grievance to Small Claims Court.