The Basic STAR exemption, which is different than the Enhanced STAR exemption enjoyed by senior citizens, is available to all property owners with a household income under $500,000.
The tax reduction is only available on one property per applicant. The state mandated re-registration this year because officials were concerned that some property owners were taking multiple exemptions, including on vacation homes and homes out of state.
Hebert also told the board that the district is continuing to explore other options for the CROP program for after-school care. The school sent out a survey to parents to gage-interest in an after-school program at the elementary school to replace CROP, which lost its grant. The survey, which included questions about cost and number of days of care, had a turn-in date of Nov. 8.
Hebert said he believed that after considering the feedback, he hoped the school would be able to implement a program in time for this school year. In addition, he said that he has had talks with the Oneonta YMCA and Brookwood about a program at the school. In the meantime, the district continues to provide after-school bus service to Brookwood and the Clark Sports Center. He also said that the Clark has hired a part-time employee to help with homework for students who go there after school.
The next regularly scheduled Board meeting is on Nov. 20.