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Senior exemptions

To the editor:

Recently passed legislation allows local governments to carry-over Senior Citizens’ Exemptions from the 2020 assessment roll to the 2021 assessment roll at the same levels. This means that seniors in New York State DO NOT have to reapply for the exemption UNLESS their 2019 income would make them eligible for a larger exemption in 2021.

The purpose of the law is to protect our most vulnerable citizens during COVID-19 since many seniors prefer to reapply in person. If you have already submitted a renewal application for the exemption, assessors will determine which income tax year provides the larger exemption.

Additionally, Lake Placid Central School District has just increased its income limit to $36,400. If your income is below this amount and you were previously denied a SENIOR exemption, please contact our office as soon as possible to see if you may requalify to receive a reduction on your school tax bill.

As a reminder, if you are turning 65 years of age ANYTIME in 2021, the property is your primary residence and you meet specific income criteria, you may qualify for the Senior Citizens or Enhanced STAR exemptions.

Senior citizens in North Elba should contact Deborah Mueller, at 518-523-1975 by March 1 to have your income evaluated (seniors in other municipalities, please contact your local assessor). We will provide applications by mail or electronically so that it is unnecessary to appear in person.

Todd Anthony

Assessor, Town of North Elba