title_header

ERIE.GOV | Your information resource from the government of Erie County, New York


County Executive Elected Officials County Departments Living In Erie County Visiting Erie County Growing your business in Erie County State and regional municipalities

Legislator Hardwick calls for STAR task force to assist county residents


OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick announces that a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreaches will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at The United Way Building, 34 Seymour Street, in the City of Tonawanda. Applicants will be seen...

Any college student, current or former, knows about the end of semester crunch.  During the last few weeks there are several papers due and a slew of final exams for which to prepare.  It can be a very stressful time for students....

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick announces that due to the volume of requests from Grand Island property owners to receive Agricultural District status, he has arranged for the hearing to be held in the town. The county is holding the...

Legislator Kevin Hardwick and Rite-Aid Pharmacy will offer a Community Flu Clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Viet Nam Veterans of American Chapter 77, 57 Main St., City of Tonawanda.

In 1953 the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare was created.  For the next two and one-half decades it was one of the biggest agencies in the federal government.  In 1979 the Carter Administration separated out the...

oneilj - Posted on 18 October 2013

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick has requested that Erie County create a task force assigned to research and promote the New York State STAR program to ensure that eligible taxpayers receive the benefits due to them. In part, the task force would identify eligible residents who are currently not receiving STAR and help them enroll in the program.

 

Legislator Hardwick said he was alerted to the lapse while talking with residents to remind them that New York State is requiring all eligible Basic STAR recipients reregister before the end of the year.

 

“I have been meeting with residents to remind them the deadline is approaching and what I am learning is that a significant number of residents aren’t aware of the new requirement, or worse, some have never applied for STAR. Furthermore, seniors who qualify for the Enhanced STAR benefit are not receiving that credit, which is a significant savings on their school tax bill,” said Legislator Hardwick. “These are unclaimed state funds that local residents are eligible for. The benefit is significant, approximately $500 a year.”

 

“We need to be proactive in assisting residents with the STAR process, making them aware of these funds. By forming a task force we can focus on this specific issue and bring state dollars to Erie County to be reinvested into our community and positively impact the local economy. I believe Erie County could be losing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more,” Legislator Hardwick added.

 

Legislator Hardwick submitted a formal resolution to the Legislature at the Oct. 10, 2013 session to request the Director of Real Property Tax Services form the task force. His resolution was discussed during the Finance and Management Committee’s Oct. 17 meeting, which recommended it for approval. The entire Legislature will vote on the issue at its Oct. 24 session.  

 

For additional information or questions, please call Legislator Hardwick at (716) 858-8672 or email kevin.hardwick@erie.gov.