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CARTHAGE — The Wilna Town Council on Monday reappointed assessor Robert B. Ball for a six-year term.

Mr. Ball, whose term as town assessor expires Oct. 1, also serves as the town’s Code Enforcement Officer.

Mr. Ball told the board during the meeting that due to new state legislation, all homeowners receiving a basic STAR exemption on their school tax bill will have to register an account. He said information would be distributed starting Aug. 19. Homeowners will be given a STAR Exemption identification number and will have to call or go online to register. Failure to do so will result in losing the exemption. The need for renewing registration came about in order to guard against inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.

According to the state Department of Taxation and Finance, “Basic STAR available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the resident owners’ and their spouses income is less than $500,000.”

The program exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes.

The board also appointed Bryan O’Dell to the Board of Assessment Review.

At the request of Brenda S. Campany, executive director for the Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, the council approved the use of the board room. Ms. Campany requested the use of the room to meet with people in the Carthage area who may be in need of NRCIL services. The room would be in use once a week for three months to determine if there is a need to set up an NRCIL office in the area.

Town attorney Mark G. Gebo suggested the town stipulate the use of the town office not conflict with the upcoming elections voting place.

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