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  • IS THE STAR EXEMPTION PROGRAM GOING AWAY?
    It is in Transition: The state is allowing those that currently have basic & enhanced STAR to stay with the current program, but will not be administering any new STAR exemptions. Under the new STAR program, a tax rebate check will be sent to new homeowners who register for BASIC STAR with the NYS Dept. of Taxation and Finance. This will also be true for new enrollees of the Enhanced STAR program. The state is hoping that this will help eliminate STAR fraud and save the itself millions of dollars.

  • WHERE CAN I GET A VOTER'S REGISTRATION FORM?
    You can contact the Cayuga County Board of Elections at 315-253-1285, visit the NYS Board of Elections Website to register online or CLICK here to download and print a registration form

  • HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE STAR PROGRAM?
    No new applications are allowed. Instead new homeowners are now required to register with the NYS Dept of Taxation and Finance.

  • WHY DID THE ASSESSOR RAISE MY TAXES?
    The assessor cannot and does not raise or lower your taxes. The assessor can only assess the value of your home. Taxes are impacted by the Village, Town, County and School budgets. If you feel your taxes are too high, you should be speaking with your village board members, your town board members, your county legislature and your school board members.

  • DO I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT TO INSTALL A SWIMMING POOL IN MY YARD?
    Yes, you must also put a fence around your pool if it is inground or between 24" and 48" deep above-ground. All pools must be hardwired in - no extension cords allowed!



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