State funds help lower BC tax rate

Matt Leon, communications director of the Bethlehem Central School District, said the STAR rates do change from year to year, and that the increase is not a permanent rate.

The state's Department of Real Property Services sent out a release on the matter.

"After nearly a decade, the amounts of the exemptions vary due to several factors, including whether the municipality has reassessed its property, the level of assessment of the individual municipality, and other aspects set forth in state law," the release stated. "In addition to changes in the exempt amount, the amount of STAR savings may vary based on the amount of taxes being collected by the given school district.""

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