Paterson discusses property tax reform

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On the first leg of a weeklong radio tour this morning in Albany, Gov. David Paterson talked about a new approach to lowering property taxes that could involve terminating the School Tax Relief program. STAR issues property tax rebate checks and partial exemptions from school taxes to offset rising property costs, but critics have shot down the program as a poor solution in areas like Long Island and upstate, where the problem is acute. “The question is, how effective has the STAR program been?” Paterson said. “Maybe there’s a different way to do it. Maybe we need to take it apart and put it back together again.”

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