If you are a homeowner in the Town of Brutus and it is an owner-occupied, your primary residence and your combined income is less than $500,000, you are probably eligible for the Basic STAR exemption. This is not an automatic exemption - you must apply in order to receive the exemption. The Basic STAR exemption amounts to an approximate $500-$700 reduction on your school tax bill, depending on the school district in which you reside. Once you have filed for a Basic STAR exemption, you do not have to renew.
If you will be 65 years of age (in the current year) and your annual adjusted income is less than $79,050 (adjusted yearly for inflation), you qualify for the Enhanced STAR exemption. You must reapply each year to demonstrate that your adjusted income continues to be within the program limit. Senior citizens who would like to continue receiving Enhanced STAR in future years without having to reapply and submit copies of their tax returns are invited to use form RP-425-IVP to sign up for the STAR income Verification Program. However, you must file a NYS Income Tax return each year to be in the verification program.
Other popular exemptions are Veteran's, Agricultural and Senior Citizens. Agricultural and Senior Citizens have to be renewed yearly like the Enhanced STAR. Renewal applications are mailed out every November for the convenience of the exemptee. If you have any questions, please call the Assessor's office at (315) 834-9398.
Applications must be on file in the Assessor's office by March 1st of the current year.