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Dutchess County is Freeze Compliant for Property Taxpayer Rebate Checks

Published: 1/8/2015

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Colleen Pillus

Poughkeepsie...Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro announced Dutchess County’s tax freeze certification has been successfully submitted to the New York State Comptroller’s Office, ensuring STAR eligible taxpayers in Dutchess County receive a property tax credit rebate check in the fall as a result of the 2015 Dutchess County budget property tax levy reduction.

County Executive Molinaro said, “We are pleased to receive the “freeze compliant” status from the NYS Comptroller’s Office, validating the work we have done in partnership with the Dutchess County Legislature to deliver a 2015 Dutchess County budget that provides much needed tax relief without any diminishment to county services.”

Taxing jurisdictions must certify that they are “freeze compliant” no later than January 21st, 2015. For local governments to be “freeze compliant,” the adopted budget must not exceed the tax levy limit. The 2015 Dutchess County Budget adopted in December with bipartisan approval featured the largest property tax levy reduction in fourteen years, ensuring residents would be eligible for the New York State property tax freeze rebate check in fall of 2015. Dutchess County’s $110.8 million property tax levy is more than $3.3 million below the 2015 tax levy limit.

According to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance’s website, the property tax freeze credit will be the greater of the actual increase in the homeowner's tax bill or the previous year's tax bill multiplied by an inflation factor (the lesser of 2% or inflation).

Dutchess County Budget Director Valerie Sommerville’s memo regarding the Real Property Tax Freeze Certification can be viewed here.