STAR Enhanced Exemption

Turning age 65 by December 31, 2020, or already 65 or older?

You may be eligible for larger school property tax savings in your 2020-2021 bill with the Enhanced Star. Cohocton owned property must be your primary residence. You currently receive a Star reduction on your school tax bill. (Not the Star Credit Check for new homeowners) The 2018 combined adjusted gross income of all owners, and any owners’ spouses residing on the premises, is $88,050 or less. 

Enhanced Application deadline is March 1, 2020. 

Required copies with application:
- Driver license (proof of age and residency)

- 2018 Federal Tax Return

- Income Verification Program application​

Submit paperwork to the Assessor.

Grievance Information

Prior to the formal grievance process it is recommended to contact the Assessor to discuss your concerns. This can be done at anytime during the year. Be prepared to verify the details of your property such as number of bedrooms and baths, porches, decks, garages, barns, etc. and their respective dimensions, age and condition. Also update information that may not be on file such as additions, remodels and finished basements. Photographs are suggested to convey an issue or an on-site visit can also be completed. If this step does not result in your desired outcome then you should proceed to the grievance process. Grievances will be heard by the Board of Assessment Review  on the first Tuesday following the fourth Tuesday of May, each year.


How to challenge your assessment can be obtained at:

Real Property Form 524 must be filed with the Board of Assessment Review to contest your assessment. Forms may be obtained at the Assessor's Office or at:


Valary R. Muscarella

Alternative Veterans:  The veteran must have served on active
duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Persian Gulf conflict (commencing August 2, 1990), the Vietnam War (February 28, 1961-May 7, 1975), Korean War (June 27, 1950-January 31,1955), or World War II (December 7, 1941-December 31, 1946) and been honorably discharged or released from service. A veteran also includes a recipient of an armed forces, navy or marine corps expeditionary medal and a member of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who served honorably while on active duty (other than active duty for training) and who has returned to reserve status. Read more in the instructions link below.

A copy of the DD-214 must be submitted with the application.  Form     Instructions

​Cold War Veterans:   The veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between September 2, 1945, and December 26, 1991, and been honorably discharged or released from service. Read more in the instructions link below.
A copy of the DD-214 must be submitted with the application.

Form     Instructions

Low Income Senior:  Residential property owned by persons 65 years of age or older, owned by at least one of its owners for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to application, and who also meet the income guidelines, are eligible to be partially exempt from general municipal taxes. No exemption may be granted by a school district to property where a resident child attends a public school. No exemptions are allowed for special districts, such as fire districts. An annual application is required with proof of income from prior year. Qualified applicants automatically are eligible for Enhanced STAR.  Form     Instructions

Low Income Disabled:  Property that is owned by one or more persons who are designated disabled, and is used exclusively for residential purposes, is partially exempt from general municipal taxes. No exemption may be granted by a school district to property where a resident child attends a public school. An annual application with prior year household income is required.

Form     Instructions

​​Exemption Information

Exemption applications, new and renewal, including any requested documentation, are due to the assessor no later than taxable status date, March 1st each year.  

New homeowners register for the Star Credit at: 

Nothing is submitted to the assessor for the Star Credit.

2019 Final Assessment Roll

Change of Address
Keep your mailing address current with this office to receive timely tax bills and assessment information.

Assessment Calendar Dates
Taxable Status Date: March 1
Tentative Assessment Roll filed: May 1
Grievance Day: June 2, 2020 2-4pm and 6-8pm
Final Assessment Roll Filed: July 1

Phone:  585-534-5100 ext. 6

Office Hours:


9am-5pm November 1 to March 1   

9am-3pm March 1 to October 31

or by Appointment

​Please note:

During the month of May hours will vary to meet legal requirement for being available with the Tentative Roll. These hours will be listed in the May 1st legal notice and posted at the front entrance or call for an appointment.

The office is located in the lower level. If you prefer not to use the stairs I can arrange to meet you on the upper level.


19 Main Street

PO Box 200

Atlanta, NY  14808

Additional Links:

Office of Real Property Tax/Dept. of Taxation & Finance

Steuben County Government

Wayland Cohocton Central School

Avoca Central School

Naples Central School

Assessment Office

Town of