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PRESS CONFERENCE THURSDAY AT 2--NY GIVING REBATES TO PEOPLE WHO PAY NO SCHOOL TAXES
Release Date: October 22, 2008

PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY AT 2 PM –GREENBURGH TOWN HALL TO OBJECT TO STATE POLICY OF ISSUING REBATE CHECKS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE PAYING NO SCHOOLPROPERTY TAXES
WHY PAY PEOPLE MONEY TO LIVE IN A COMMUNITY IF THEY ARE NOT PAYING SCHOOL TAXES?
 
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, Yorktown Councilman Nicholas Bianco, Councilman Kevin Morgan, Sonja Brown, Diana Juettner, Francis Sheehan & County Legislator Thomas Abinanti will hold an important press conference on Thursday at 2 PM at Greenburgh Town Hall to object to the fact that some NYS property owners who are not paying school taxes due to the STAR programare receiving rebate checks from NY state as part of NY State’s school tax relief (STAR program).
 
Instead of giving people who pay no school taxes at all, the state could use the funds more efficiently by increasing the STAR rebates for people who pay taxes. In Yorktown the state has issued $873,600 to residents who pay no taxes. In Greenburgh the amount is _$1,692,800.
The State Legislature implemented this program to help keep New Yorkers in New York, basically due to the high cost of property taxes. Was it their intent to hand out money to people who are not paying any school taxes or was the intent of the legislation to help people who can’t afford paying the school taxes.
 
Feiner, Bianco, Morgan, Brown, Juettner, Sheehan and Abinanti believe that prior to issuing rebate checks the state should check to see if residents qualify for exemptions.
 
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