HERKIMER — The Herkimer Central School District is reminding area senior citizens to take steps to ensure they receive their Enhanced STAR tax exemption for 2019.

New York state recently made changes to the Enhanced STAR program, where all residents ages 65 and older enrolled in Enhanced STAR now need to also be enrolled in the state’s income verification program to continue receiving their Enhanced STAR benefit, according to news release.

For Herkimer Central School District residents, the deadline to enroll in the income verification program is March 1. This change to the Enhanced STAR program affects senior citizens who have not already enrolled in the income verification program. For district residents to continue receiving their tax benefit, they will need to enroll in the income verification program. If a resident is already enrolled in the income verification program, no action is necessary.

Homeowners only have to enroll in the income verification program once, according to the release. After that, New York state verifies income eligibility automatically. As long as homeowners remain income-eligible, they will continue to receive the benefit every year, according to the release.

For the 2019-20 school year, senior citizens age 65 and older with qualifying incomes of $86,300 or less are eligible for Enhanced STAR, according to the release.

More information is available from the state Department of Taxation at https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/ivp.htm.