Gov. Cuomo is proposing that all seniors eligible for the Enhanced STAR program would have to register with the state tax department rather than the local assessor for the school-tax break.
The measure is aimed at streamlining the complex task of determining who should receive the tax break and limit abuse of the system.
But local assessors are criticizing the change, saying it would confuse seniors and make it more difficult to claim the tax breaks.
Under Cuomo’s plan, the STAR benefits for all recipients in New York would not increase the 2 percent they had been each year.
The benefits would be frozen at current levels.
Cuomo indicated that the growth in property taxes have been limited by the state’s tax cap, as well as other rebate programs to help lessen the burden of property taxes.