STaR Resources

February 10, 2021

The best way to keep up with the ever-changing STaR Exemption program is to check the resources provided by the NYS Department of Taxation & Finance. Their main STaR Resources can be found here.

Beginning in 2016, no new STaR exemptions were available throughout New York State. The Dept. of Tax & Finance is transitioning to the STaR Credit program. Anyone receiving the STaR exemption may choose to voluntarily switch to the Credit program. DTF maintains a specific page with their opinions on why you might decide to switch.

The Assessor can not give you legal advice. Any tools found on this website are provided to help you be better informed so that you can make the best decision for your individual circumstances regarding whether to voluntarily switch to the STaR Credit. Though I have requested STaR Credit versus Exemption amounts from the Dept. of Tax and Finance, they have as of this writing refused to provide the amount of the Credit checks. The Dept. has indicated to me

‘Best we can say is that more than 75% of Enhanced STAR recipients and roughly half of Basic STAR recipients receive a larger benefit if they’re receiving the STAR credit.’

I have compiled below the two most recent year’s maximum exemption savings by School District:

Maximum STaR Benefit for September School Tax bill (Town of Franklin)
 STaR ExemptionSTaR CreditSTaR ExemptionSTaR Credit
School DistrictBasicEnhancedBasicEnhancedBasicEnhancedBasicEnhanced
Delhi$405$812  $405$812  
Franklin$421$827  $421$827  
Otego-Unadilla**see note**  **see note**  
Sidney$472$965  $472$965  
Walton$357$776  $357$776  
Note: There were no STaR exemptions in Unatego School District on the 2015 Town of Franklin assessment roll. Thus, this exemption is no longer available. The STaR Credit would be the only option here for a primary resident.
Also Note: The STaR Credit cannot be less than the Exemption, though it may increase by up to 2% annually. Because the State has yet to provide the STaR credit maximums for either year, the above data will not tell you definitively which benefit would have been greater in either year.

For specific questions you may have regarding the STaR program, please contact the Assessor’s Office

Equalization rate finalized for 2020

June 21, 2020

By NYS Governor Executive Order 202.44, the Real Property Tax Law Article 5, is modified to allow the final assessment roll to be filed up to 30 days late;

This Executive Order also modified Real Property Tax Law § 1212, to allow the commissioner of Dept. of Tax and Finance to certify final state equalization rates, class ratios, and class equalization rates no later than 10 days before the last date sent by law.

On June 9, 2020 the Dept. of Tax & Finance issued their final equalization rate for the Town of Franklin at 87.50

2020 Tentative assessment roll

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 the 2020 Town of Franklin tentative assessment roll was published to this website. Pursuant to Executive Order 202.22 there will be no provision for in-person examination of this assessment roll. Anyone having questions/concerns regarding this roll should contact the Assessor directly at (607) 230-0900 ext# 1 or If you would like to video conference regarding the assessment roll, that will be arranged for you.

For 2020, the Board of Assessment Review (BAR) will meet by video conference on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 4 – 8 PM. Any Complainant that wishes to be heard that night must file an RP-524 for any parcel for which they believe themselves to be aggrieved. That form must be received at the Assessor’s Office on or before Thursday, May 21. As this is an open meeting, any member of the public may choose to attend the BAR video conference meeting.

Though the Assessor is generally avilable by telephone or email throughout the month of May, I will specifically be available through video conference at the following times:

Thursday, May 21           1 PM – 5 PM

Friday, May 22                4 PM – 8 PM

Saturday, May 23         10 AM – 2 PM

Tuesday, May 26          10 AM – 2 PM


Reappraisal postponed until 2021

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

On Tuesday, April 21, the Franklin Town Board considered the State disaster emergency declaration regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, and its financial and emotional impacts on the community. After much consideration and out of deep concern for the well-being of Franklin Taxpayers, the Town Board unanimously resolved to postpone implementation of the current reappraisal until 2021.


Executive Order to Impact 2020 assessment process

Monday, April 20, 2020

NYS Governor Cuomo directed in pertinent part as follows:

” . . . Article 5 of the Real Property Tax Law, and analogous provisions of any other general or special laws that require a tentative assessment roll to be filed on or before June 1, 2020, to allow the tentative and final assessment rolls to be filed, at local option, up to 30 days later than otherwise allowable, to allow an assessing unit to set a date for hearing assessment complaints that is at least 21 days after the filing of the tentative roll, to allow notice of the filing of the tentative roll to be published solely online so long as the date for hearing complaints is prominently displayed, to suspend in-person inspection of the tentative roll, and to allow local Boards of Assessment Review to hear complaints remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that complainants can present their complaints through such service and the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding; . . . “

Thus, the Town of Franklin tentative assessment roll will be filed on or before May 5, 2020. Notice of filing that roll will be posted on this website.

The Board of Assessment Review will meet Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 4-8PM. That meeting will be via video conference. Anyone wishing to be heard that day must submit Form RP-524 on or before Thursday May 21, 2020. Upon receipt of any RP-524 by the Assessor, the Complainant will be provided with the details for attending the video conference Board of Assessment Review hearing.

See here for full text of Governor’s Executive Order 202.22