Community Notebook

STAR program unchanged for 2013

City of Dunkirk Assessor Thomas Mleczko wants city residents to know the re-registering for the STAR program being talked about is part of the New York state budget currently being proposed. It does not impact the STAR program for 2013 . Residents who have already signed up are fine.

For those residents who have not done so, the City of Dunkirk’s deadline is May 1 for the current STAR program.

“From what we’re hearing as of (Tuesday), residents will register directly with the state Department of Tax and Finance starting later this year,” Mleczko said of the current budget proposal’s available information. “We have no information on how that will be done or what will be needed to register. We will be releasing details as they become available.”

Town of Dunkirk accepting late tax payments

As required by Section 987 of the Real Property Tax Law, notices have been mailed to owners of real property in the town of Dunkirk who have not yet paid their 2013 town/county taxes.

In addition to the 2 percent penalty now in effect, a penalty of $2 per parcel notification fee will be charged for mailing such notice.

Taxes will be collected at the Dunkirk Town Clerk’s office until April 2. After April 2, taxes must be paid to Chautauqua County Department of Finance in Mayville.

Gas prices fall

Average retail gasoline prices in Rochester have fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.88/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 319 gas outlets in Rochester.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.64/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Rochester during the past week, prices Sunday were 9.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 8.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

The national average has decreased 9.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 21.9 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Town of Pomfret water district meter readings conducted this week

The town of Pomfret water district will conduct meter readings this week.

The readings will be conducted on Chestnut Street, Berry Road and Van Buren Road.