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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 12, 2007
MEDIA CONTACT:  Randolph Yunker  (516) 571-5048

PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FILING PERIOD CLOSES ON JANUARY 2, 2008

(Mineola, NY) Board of Assessors Chairman Harvey Levinson today reminded all Nassau County homeowners that the property tax exemption-filing period will close on January 2, 2008 for the 2008-2009 school and general tax years.

Chairman Levinson, who is the chief administrator for all of the County's property tax exemptions (including the Basic and Enhanced STAR school tax relief programs), pointed out that qualifying homeowners who file could find themselves saving literally hundreds - if not thousands - of dollars off of their property tax bills each year.

While many of the County's property tax exemption programs are either income or special need driven, the Basic STAR school property tax relief program is available to every resident who lives in his or her home, condominium or cooperative apartment regardless of age or income. The actual Basic STAR tax savings for 2007-2008 varied from school district to school district from $573 to $1,411.

Chairman Levinson also noted that homeowners do not have to register with a "property tax reduction consultant" who offers to prepare and file a Basic STAR application for a fee of 75-100% of the first year's property tax savings!

"I urge any homeowner who is interested in filing for any of the property tax exemptions I administer to contact my office before the January 2, 2008 filing deadline," stated Chairman Levinson. "There is no filing fee to process exemption applications and Department of Assessment personnel are always available to answer any questions regarding the filing process and forms."

To learn more about Nassau County's property tax relief programs or to obtain an application, homeowners should contact the Department of Assessment at (516) 571-1500.