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Assessment Community Weekly 06/24/19

New Tax Commissioner

The New York State Senate confirmed Michael R. Schmidt as the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance last week. Most recently, Commissioner Schmidt was the Senior Economic Advisor to the Governor, where he focused on tax policy. For more information, see About the Commissioner.

Final state land reports

Final state land reports are now posted in the Online Assessment Community. If you have questions, email or call 518-457-7724.

Final special franchise values

We issued final special franchise values today. There are no changes from the tentative values.

Q and A on the STAR Voluntary Exemption Removal Report

Last week, our Customer Service Liaisons sent the new STAR Voluntary Exemption Removal Report to those of you with school segments whose deadline for switching to the STAR credit from the exemption has passed. If you have a later assessment calendar and you did not receive your list, your liaison will provide it to you before your final roll date.

Below is a question that we received from several of you, along with our response. If you have additional questions about the new report, email

Q: A homeowner submitted Renunciation Form RP-496 and registered for the STAR credit in early May. Why does this property not appear on the Voluntary Exemption Removal Report?

A: The Voluntary Exemption Removal Report only includes homeowners who selected Make the Switch on the first screen of the online STAR Registration application. We launched the updated application on May 22. Prior to that, there was no option to switch within the application.

Since this homeowner took action to switch to the STAR credit from the STAR exemption prior to May 22, they won’t appear on your Voluntary Exemption Removal Report. However, we will issue a STAR credit check to the homeowner as long as we receive completed Form RP-496 and verify that the STAR exemption is not on the final assessment roll.

Judicial cases

New Judicial case: Matter of Hoge v Chautauqua County