If you haven't registered for your STAR school tax exemption -- do it now. The deadline is December 31 and you stand to save hundreds of dollars off your school tax bill.
We did some digging today and found out, even with your exemption, your school districts are still getting the same amount of money and guess who's paying for that?
The average STAR exemption in Monroe County is about $700 but it's not like your schools are losing that $700 multiplied by the exemptions of all your neighbors. The schools are made whole by the state and the state is using money provided by you through your income taxes. So you're saving on your total property taxes but your income taxes are helping to close the gap.
We took a closer look at this because there was a STAR registration center at Rochester City Hall today.