To be eligible for the STAR reduction, you must own a property that you use as your primary residence. For Basic STAR, this is the only requirement. Basic STAR has no income or age limits. To be eligible for Enhanced STAR, you must own a property that you use as your primary residence and be 65 or older. In addition, the total annual income of all the owners of the property must be $74,700 or less.
Your primary residence is typically the home that you occupy for most of the year and is generally the place where you vote and where your car is registered. If you own more than one property, only your primary residence can receive a STAR tax reduction. STAR applicants may be asked to prove "primary residency" and, in the future, certify that the property is still the primary place where they reside.
Applicants for Enhanced STAR must submit proof of age, e.g., birth certificate, baptismal record, passport, or other official document showing your birth date. Applicants must also provide proof of the total adjusted gross income of all owners by submitting federal or New York State tax return(s), if filed. If one of the owners did not file a tax return, that owner should complete a Department of Finance Income Statement in place of submitting a tax return.
Basic and Enhanced STAR application must be filed by March 1st. Applications that are received by that date and approved will result in lower property taxes beginning July 1st of that same year, which is the start of the Town's new tax year. Applications received after March 1st will be processed for benefits that begin the following year. Owners of co-ops also receive the tax reduction beginning on July 1st. However, management offices receive a report from Finance each November breaking down the total exemptions by apartment/unit. For this reason, co-op management cannot refund the tax reduction to individual co-op owners until November, at the earliest. It is left to the discretion of the management company how to pass along the tax savings to individual shareholders.
Basic STAR: No. Once you are approved for STAR, you do not have to reapply unless you move to a new primary residence. However, if you have Basic STAR and are turning 65, you have to complete a separate application for Enhanced STAR.
Enhanced STAR: Yes. Once you are approved for Enhanced STAR, you do need to reapply. However, you can complete an Annual Income Statement or elect to have New York State verify income from your State tax return. Keep a copy of your application for your records, and send copies of your supporting documents, not originals.
Any dog 4 months of age or older must be licensed or younger in age if the puppy is caught running at large.
A current rabies certificate which is valid for at least 30 days from the date of the purchase of the license. AND If the dog is spayed or neutered then a a spay/neuter certificate is required in order to receive a license fee discount.
$12.00 if the spay/neuter certificate is submitted when licensing the dog. $25.00 if the dog is unspayed/unneutered or if the spay/neuter certificate is not submitted when licensing the dog.
Discounts available: $1.00 if the owner is 65 years of age or older (must provide copy of driver's license) $1.00 if the dog has been micro-chipped (must provide paperwork)
Both applicants must be present together and have the following with them: Government Issued Raised Seal Birth Certificate, AND If there are any prior marriages then the following must be provided: Divorce Papers and/orDeath Certificates for any and all prior marriages for however the marriage ended.
FEE: $40.00 Applicants need to come in a minimum of 24 hours before the ceremony and a maximum of 60 days before the ceremony.
Business hours for the issuance of Marriage Licenses: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8am - 3pm AND Wednesday, from 9am - 4pm
The Town of Evans does not administer home assistance programs directly; however, town residents are eligible under Erie County's community development programs (rental rehabilitation, housing rehabilitation, first time home buyer, housing accessibility & mobile home repair), as Evans is an Erie County Consortium community. Southtowns Rural Preservation Company, a State-funded, non-profit community development corporation also serves residents in the Town of Evans and Village of Angola. Please visit the Community Development home page for Links to these programs and others.
The goal of the CDBG program is to develop programs to build stronger neighborhoods by providing decent housing, proper living areas, and economic opportunities for those with low and modest incomes. The Town of Evans has been very successful in securing grant funding under this program, particularly for improvements to the low-to-moderate income areas of town.
The Department of Community Development is funded primarily by grants from HUD:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)
The following municipalities comprise the CDBG Consortium: Cities of Lackawanna and Tonawanda; Towns of Alden, Aurora, Boston, Brant, Clarence, Colden, Collins, Concord, Eden, Elma, Evans, Grand Island, Holland, Lancaster, Marilla, Newstead, North Collins, Orchard Park, Sardinia, Wales and West Seneca; Villages of Akron, Alden, Angola, Depew, East Aurora, Farnham, Gowanda, Lancaster, North Collins, Orchard Park and Springville. The HOME Consortium includes the above communities, as well as the Town of Hamburg and the Villages of Blasdell and Hamburg.
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