The Assessor is changing office hours to Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm beginning January 10, 2019.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town of Austerlitz Supervisor has changed the date of its monthly meeting from January 17, 2019 to January 24, 2019. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Town Hall, 812 Rte 203, Spencertown, NY.
By Order of the Supervisor
Dated: January 10, 2019
Susan A. Haag, Town Clerk
The Consolidated Communications representative said they are finishing up the marketing plan and will be contacting customers for connection within a month. Until then you can go to consolidated.com/nyfiber and fill out the contact form at the bottom of page and they will let you know if you’re eligible for high speed internet.
The new Town Hall is now open for business. Offices are located on the lower level. The upstairs remains closed to the public for now while construction continues in the court/meeting room.
Question: If I don’t have a permit, does that mean I cannot dispose of my recyclable material?
Answer: As of January 1, 2019, Columbia County will require a permit to dispose of recyclable material. The permit is an annual fee and will cover the cost of handling/processing the material. If you are only a “one time” user (on vacation, visiting, etc) the attendant will charge you a fee.
Question: How long is the permit good for?
Answer: The permits are good for one year and will be dated. Each household will receive two permits to be displayed on their vehicles for easy viewing from our station attendants.
Question: How much are the permits?
Answer: Permits are $50.00 per County household, $35.00 for senior citizens over 65 & $100 for out of county residents.
Question: What can I show for proof of residency?
Answer: A tax bill, sewer/water bill, electric bill or any other form of identification that Shows proof of property ownership in Columbia County.
Question: What can I recycle?
Answer: Please refer to the Recycling Protocol that is posted at all the waste stations or check out the County’s website at www.columbiacountyny.com, Solid Waste department or ask a station attendant for a copy.
Question: Where can I purchase the permits?
Answer: All Columbia County Solid Waste Stations will be selling the permits as will most of the municipal clerks. Please check the County website for updates.
Question: I have curbside recycling pick up, do I need a permit?
Answer: No, this will only affect residents utilizing the County operated stations.
Question: I have a commercial business, what are my options?
Answer: You can choose to bring the material to the Greenport Transfer Station or contract with a private waste hauler. Please contact the Administrative Office as to pricing.
The Columbia County Office for the Aging is offering a new program for caregivers of seniors. In addition, older relatives, including parents, age 55 and older, providing care to adults ages 18-59 with disabilities are also eligible. The Legal Education and Caregiver Consultation Program is a FREE program that will provide information to caregivers on legal issues and concerns (such as wills, POA’s, trusts, guardianship, MOLST forms, etc.) related to the seniors they care for, as well as providing individual and or group counseling. Counseling will be given to caregivers to assist them in making decisions and solving problems relating to their care giving roles. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s or any progressive disease, the time for legal and financial planning is now.
As of the 2016 Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, the following specific populations of caregivers are eligible to receive services:
* Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals 60 years of age and older
* Adult family members or other informal caregivers age 18 and older providing care to individuals of any age with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
* Older relatives (not parents) age 55 and older providing care to children under the age of 18; and
* Older relatives, including parents, age 55 and older providing care to adults ages 18-59 with disabilties
Rosalee Charpentier, Esq., will hold a FREE educational session at the Columbia County Office For The Aging, 325 Columbia Street, Hudson, on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 4:00pm-5:00pm. Attendees desiring FREE individual or group counseling may schedule a FREE follow up appointment to meet with Ms. Charpentier at the Columbia County Office for the Aging on Wednesday, January 23rd between the hours of 4:00pm and 6:00pm.
Registration is suggested. Please call the Office for the Aging at 518-828-4258 to register or for more information.
*Enhanced Star exemption
To receive the Enhanced Star exemption, you are now required to enroll in the Income verification program (IVP). You only need to enroll once and you will receive the exemption automatically, if eligible, each year thereafter.
In this first year (2019), your income will need to be verified by the assessor, but in subsequent years, it will be verified by the NYS Tax Department. This means you cannot miss the deadline for filing and you will no longer need to provide your income tax returns to the assessor. NYS will contact you directly if anything is required.
If you are already enrolled in the IVP program, you do not need to do anything. No forms or renewals are required. If you received the enhanced star last year, and are not enrolled in the IVP program, you will receive a renewal form and the IVP application in the mail from me.
If you are a new homeowner or first time STAR applicant, you must register for the STAR credit directly with the NYS Tax Department at www.tax.ny.gov. STAR information and forms can be found www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/ivp.htm or contact me.
*Senior Citizen exemption In the past, senior citizens, who qualified for the senior citizen exemption, were automatically granted the enhanced STAR exemption.
Due to changes in New York State law, beginning with applications for 2019, seniors must apply separately for both the senior citizen exemption and the enhanced STAR exemption. If you received the senior exemption last year, you will receive a renewal application along with the other required forms in the mail from me.
The deadline for filing all applications for all exemptions is March 1st.
You can obtain forms by contacting me, or you can download application forms for both the enhanced star and senior citizen exemptions from the NYS tax department at www.tax.ny.gov/forms/orpts_cur_forms.htm.
Pamela Cook, Assessor
The Town of Austerlitz proudly announces the installation of a new electric vehicle charging station in the parking lot of the new town hall on State Route 203 in Spencertown, NY. The Charge Point Level 2 charging station is being funded by a generous grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Located just a few miles eastward from the Taconic State Parkway and a few miles westward from Route 22, the charging station is uniquely available to riders on both the parkway as well as I-90 and Route 22.
There is no fee for station usage at this time. The Town of Austerlitz Climate Smart Committee is responsible for obtaining the grant funds as well as other initiatives the town is taking to combat climate change at the local level. These initiatives include the potential installation of LED street lighting and education and awareness activities on how everyone can help reduce their carbon footprint. All are welcome to visit the new charging station. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all drivers with electric vehicles.
A quick overview regarding the town’s 2019 Reassessment Project.
A reassessment does not necessarily mean that your assessment or your taxes will increase. Furthermore, if your assessment does increase, it does not necessarily mean your taxes will increase. By law, a property’s assessment is supposed to reflect its market value. As market values increase or decrease and the assessments do not keep pace and reflect these changes, some property taxpayers could pay more than their fair share of taxes, while others may pay less than their fair share. Reassessments are intended to restore fairness within the community.