Tax Information

Tax Information

2019 Mandatory Enhanced STAR Income Verification Program

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Residents can contact Joseph Cook, Town of Union Assessor, with additional questions at 607-786-2905 or [email protected] 

Tax Information

For 2019-20 tax bills:  The Town of Union taxpayers will see an increase of 1.86% in their bills while those in the Town of Owego will see an increase of 3.53% (if the property's assessment did not change). There was NO CHANGE in the tax levy that was approved in May, but the equalization rates change the distribution of the levy. Here is a link that might be helpful in understanding how school tax distribution between towns works:
Paying your tax bill
Broome County will now be providing tax collection for the Union-Endicott School District
Tax Help-Line: (607) 778-2169
Check payable to: B C Director of OMB (Broome County Office of Management & Budget)

Mailing address:
B C Real Property 
Department U-E 
PO Box 2087 
Binghamton, NY 13902
(The US postal postmark determines the date payment is made.)

In person payment at:
Town of Union Town Hall
3111 East Main Street, Endwell
September: Monday through Friday beginning September 3rd
9 a.m.-3 p.m. (No penalty in September)

October: Each Tuesday and Thursday
9 a.m.-3 p.m. (2% penalty in October)

Broome County Office Building, Second Floor
60 Hawley Street, Binghamton
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (except holidays)
September 3-November 1, 2019
 *Credit/Debit card, ACH and e-check payments can be made on your tax bill from September 3rd until November 1st. Go to and follow the directions. You must pay the tax bill in full; partial payments are not accepted. There is a convenience fee of 3% plus 50¢ charged by the bank on credit/debit payments. This fee will be listed as a separate line item on your statement. 
On November 2, 2019, your unpaid taxes become delinquent and payment can no longer be accepted. 

*Accepted credit cards:   credit card visa MC and discover

*To confirm your tax bill is paid, go to Search for Payment History. This screen shows the amount of tax billed and date of payment with an option to print. If you pay in person, the tax collector will stamp the bill paid.

*Do not combine payments for another taxing district. Each district is a separate legal entity for collections, requiring separate checks.

To avoid having your payment returned:
-Be sure to sign your check.
-Make sure check is payable to B C Director of OMB.
-Include payment coupon and check mailed together to the above address.
-In the “Memo” section, identify the property by bill number, address, or tax map number.
-Make sure the numeric amount is clearly written and equal to the written dollar amount.
-Make sure your payment is postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before the due date of the payment.
To Look Up Your Property School Tax Bill: Go to
When on Website click on either Broome or Tioga County then U-E School District.
For more information on the STAR program: Visit the state's website:

Third party checks & school tax payments

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance sent out information to school officials regarding third party checks and school tax payments.

School Officials,

STAR credit checks were mailed over the weekend to qualified homeowners who registered by July 1. We’ve been asked whether a homeowner who has received a STAR credit check from New York State may endorse it over to the collecting officer, write a personal check for the balance, and then mail or bring both checks together to the collecting officer as payment for the school tax.

The answer is yes, as long as the total of the two checks is at least equal to the amount due. The STAR check is a negotiable instrument under the law and as such it can be lawfully endorsed to a third party. There’s no law that forbids receivers or collectors from accepting third party checks, or that gives them discretion to turn down a lawful payment.

Anyone with questions about the program can go to the STAR property tax relief webpage or call 518-457-2036 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Click here to visit the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance website. 
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