STAR tax exemption registration due by Dec. 31

JOHNSTOWN – The Common Council recently reminded city property owners wishing to keep their Basic STAR tax exemption through the state to register by Dec. 31.

Councilman-at-Large Bryan Marcucci, in a liaison report to the council at City Hall, said Basic STAR recipients can lose their exemption if they don’t register by year’s end.

STAR exemptions apply only to school district taxes, not property taxes for other purposes such as county, city or town. With the Basic STAR exemption, the property must be owner-occupied and the primary residence of the owner. The owners and their spouses’ annual income must be less than $500,000. Basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of the full value of a home from school taxes.

City Assessor Frank Parker said Friday he can’t assist those who already have Basic STAR. He suggested the public call 457-2036 with questions, or go online to

In other council liaison reports given:

First Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata noted the city police department had 689 calls for service in November. The department made 31 arrests and investigated 36 traffic accidents during the month. Lakata said all members also underwent firearms training.

Lakata also gave the city fire department report, noting there were 65 calls for service in November, including five structure fires and three vehicle fires.

During the month, she said the fire department conducted monthly in-service training on tactics and operations at industrial sites. The Codes Division completed in-service training on the installation and inspection of solid fuel heating devices and energy code compliance.

Mayor Sarah Slingerland praised ongoing training in both the police and fire departments.

“Their training is up to date and it’s continual,” Slingerland said.

Second Ward Councilman Chris Foss reported the Johnstown Public Library will conduct a Holiday Movie Series Monday and Thursday through Dec. 30. There will be holiday classics and recent favorites. Children in grade two and under must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.

Foss also reported the library is conducting a food drive to benefit the Johnstown Council of Churches Food Pantry throughout this month. Items should be non-perishable and packaged in boxes, cans, or plastic.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at