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Old 10-09-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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I just received a flyer in the mail that says:

"Westchester County homeowners pay some of the nation's highest property taxes - averaging more than $8,000. State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins cast the deciding votea to take away our STAR Property Tax rebate checks this year. Westchester County families were scheduled to receive their rebate checks beginning October 20th."

It then gives a website and phone number to "join the fight" to get the rebate checks back, and lists the rebate amounts for various school districts.

Does this mean elimination of STAR is a done deal until reinstated by further legislative action?
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Old 10-10-2009, 10:32 AM
 
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I believe they're talking about the middle class and seniors special STAR rebate checks (similar to the old "Bush stimulus checks" from early 2008 if you can remember that) that they did for the past 2 years but stopped doing this year due to the state budget issues. They usually came out around October. I believe the regular STAR reduction is still in place.
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:05 AM
 
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Hmm - the flyer doesn't mention middle class or seniors anywhere, and here is the website it says to go to for more info: Westchester Taxpayers United!
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:02 PM
 
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Basic STAR has not been canceled at all. What was canceled was the rebate for seniors and the income-dependent rebate, both of which were quite small. Basic STAR is the important one, and it is fine.

And, no, the website or flyer won't explain that because they're trying to spread false rumors and lies in order to scare people. Special interest groups like Taxpayers United are exactly what's wrong with politics--a small group of fringe people trying to play on people's ignorance and fears to spread lies and further their specific agenda. That "website" doesn't even offer any sources for their "facts" or give any information on who the group is or who they are connected to. How scary is that? Don't fall for it.
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:03 AM
 
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Great to know - thanks, dma! To make it even more misleading I think they had the actual basic STAR amounts listed for each school district, as if this was what was canceled ($1,220 for Pleasantville, etc.).

Thanks again for clearing this up!
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Old 10-11-2009, 04:02 PM
 
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Actually, that numbers sounds like the REBATE amount, not the basic amount as most rebates were between about $800-1400.
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:44 AM
 
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The basic STAR is absolutely still in place. What a shock, a politician distorting the facts to scare voters?
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:55 AM
 
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The basic fact that Stewart-Cousins voted to get rid of the rebate checks is still correct, however.

And let's be fair here, without getting into a political debate, since there are plenty of web sites where that is the focus, both sides are equally guilty of spin and misleading claims.
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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Both sides? I never said anything about any particular side. Just that it's hardly unusual to see any politician misstate the facts in an attempt to scare voters.
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