A relief check will be sent to residents of Onondaga County, New York, with payments set to help seniors who have struggled with their bills during the pandemic, especially mortgage and tax bills.
“When we look at the rising cost of everything else, there’s not a lot of flexibility, even if they give them a little welfare boost,” the Democratic lawmaker said. Peggy Chase.
“Everyone has been affected financially in one way or another by this pandemic and it would be nice to give it to everyone.
“It’s not that it’s not possible, but from a logistical point of view, we didn’t get it.”
The payments should cost the county $5.5 million, but given they recorded a $200 million surplus, this shouldn’t be an immediate problem.
Who is eligible for benefits in New York State?
Anyone who receives an Enhanced STAR property tax exemption for the 2022-2023 school year will be eligible for a $200 check.
In addition, there are two more criteria that must be met in order to be eligible.
The homeowner must be 65 years of age or older and have a family income of less than $92,000.
Approximately 27,500 households are eligible for these benefits under the program.
However, it remains unclear whether you are eligible for a $200 check if you have not registered for the STAR real estate benefit.
What is the STAR property tax exemption?
The STAR property tax exemption is another initiative launched by Onondaga County officials that aims to help older people get back on their feet after financial suffering due to the pandemic.
The program aims to ease the real estate tax burden on county residents by giving them a $200 rebate.