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11/13/2023 Assessment Community Weekly

Income worksheets for Enhanced STAR exemption hitting mailboxes

We have begun mailing income worksheets to seniors for whom we need additional income information to determine eligibility for the Enhanced STAR exemption. The worksheets go out with this cover letter.

If you're an assessor who is contacted by a senior about the income worksheet or the letter, you are authorized to help them complete the worksheet. We recommend you utilize the new online income worksheet if you are helping the senior fill out the worksheet. To access the online worksheet, see Respond to a letter requesting income information for STAR. You’ll need the property key from the homeowner’s letter to access the online worksheet.

Alternatively, please direct homeowners with questions about the letter or worksheet to call us at 518-457-2036.

Reminder: RPSV4 update now available for new volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers exemption

The RPSV4 update for administration of the 2022 RP-466-a exemption is now available in the Online Assessment Community. After you log in, select RPSV4 Updates in the menu. Under Maintenance releases for RPS2020, you’ll need to download and run:

  • RPS2020_5003.exe, and
  • Db_794.exe.

The associated release notes are also available.

To help you use the functionality in this update, we are also providing a brief video tutorial. For the full details, see our announcement from last week.

ORPTS training update: Intro to Farm Appraisal scheduled for April 8-12, 2024

We’ve updated the ORPTS training schedule through Spring 2024. Classes fill up quickly, so don’t delay signing up!

Updated this week: Introduction to Farm Appraisal has been scheduled as an in-person class for April 8-12, 2024. The class will be held in Cooperstown, Otsego County.

Have questions or need an accommodation to attend one of our classes? Email

Reminder: The STAR fact sheet will be updated at the beginning of 2024

We encourage local officials and real estate professionals to make our STAR fact sheet available to new homeowners. Doing so helps remind new homeowners to register for the STAR credit.

Bear in mind that we don’t update the handout for the following year until January. This is because homeowners are still registering for the 2023 STAR credit through the end of the calendar year.
Unlike the STAR exemption and other property tax exemptions, you do not need to own your home on taxable status date to be eligible for the STAR credit. Instead, you must own your home and it must be your primary residence as of the last day to pay school taxes without interest or penalty.
Some localities that don’t use the standard assessment calendar have school tax due dates as late as mid-January. Therefore, the online registration for the STAR credit will continue to ask for 2021 income information through the end of the calendar year.
We’ll release the updated handout for the 2024 STAR credit in early January.