All new applications and renewals must be filed on or before March 1 each year.
Tax relief may be available for eligible applicants applying for any of the following major exemptions.
Applicants for this exemption would need at least 2 years of certified service and reside in the jurisdiction, Town of Bethlehem, served by the Fire Company, fire department, or ambulance service. The exemption is exclusively for residential purposes, and the property must be owned and the primary residence of the volunteer. Volunteers with more than 20 years of service would qualify for a lifetime exemption as long as they maintain a primary residence in the Town of Bethlehem.
Surviving un-remarried spouse of a deceased volunteer killed in the line of duty, provided that the volunteer had been an enrolled member for at least 5 years and had been receiving the exemption prior to his or her death qualifies
Surviving un-remarried spouse of a deceased volunteer with at least 20 years as an enrolled member who has been receiving the exemption qualifies.
The Town of Bethlehem, County of Albany, Bethlehem Central School District, Selkirk FD, Elsmere FD, Slingerlands FD, Delmar FD, & Elmwood Fire District have all adopted this exemption.https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp466a_vol_fill_in.pdf
To receive the STAR exemption OR credit check, you must own your home and it must be your primary residence. There are income limits for both the Basic and Enhanced STAR. The Assessor’s office will only be accepting Basic STAR Exemption applications if you had the exemption in 2015 and lost it due to excessive income. New Enhanced STAR applications will only be accepted if currently receiving Basic STAR (see below).