Supervisor's Column

Winterfest is Coming, as are Important Deadlines to Renew Property Tax Savings Benefits

Week of January 22, 2018

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David A. Seeley
 Town of Irondequoit
 1280 Titus Avenue
 Rochester, New York 14617
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I am always convinced that we can be doing more in Town government to give you a better return on your hard-earned tax dollars. Whether it is adding sidewalk plows to our fleet or adding more programming at the library, the status quo simply isn’t good enough.

With that sentiment in mind, I am thrilled that Winterfest has now become an annual tradition in Irondequoit. This free event was a hit from its first year, and continues to blossom into the region’s premier family-oriented winter event. On January 27th, we will hold the 4th annual Winterfest at Irondequoit Town Hall, from 11 am – 3 pm.

Irondequoit is a festival town – we are proud to mark each season with a broad community gathering. In the Spring, we celebrate volunteerism with one another, with Invigorate Irondequoit, our annual Town clean-up. The Summer brings our Independence Day celebration. And of course, what would late summer/early fall weekends be without Oktoberfest in Irondequoit?

The best thing about Winterfest something for everyone; whether you’re willing to wait in line for the horse-drawn wagon or want to simply sit around the fire and roast a marshmallow. It is events like these that foster a stronger sense of community, very much needed in this day, as we rely more on technology to connect us to one another.

A reminder for our many homeowners who take advantage of our various local property tax exemption programs, the March 1st deadline to file your income renewal paperwork in our Assessor’s office is approaching. This includes exemptions for limited-income seniors, veterans, disabled residents, and more. Remember, State law provides us with very little flexibility to make exceptions if this deadline is missed.

We continue to remind new Irondequoit homeowners that a 2016 State law changed the STAR program from a tax exemption to a tax credit in the form of a check. Furthermore, residents who have recently purchased a new home no longer apply with the Town to receive your STAR benefit, but rather with the State of New York by July 1st.

As always, please contact the Town Assessor’s office with any questions about these benefits at 336-6055, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or pay them a visit on the first floor at Town Hall.

Finally, we recently recognized Betty Mate, our longtime receptionist at Town Hall, with our January Staff Spotlight award. For many residents, Betty is the first point of contact to Town Hall, and has always treated every resident warmly. I can’t imagine this place, or the Town of Irondequoit, without her! Kudos to you, Betty!

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